From Motown to the British Invasion: The History of Rock 'n' Roll Quiz
Rock 'n' roll history is steeped in stories, lore and fantastic music. Take a trip down memory lane, and rock around the clock by taking this quiz!
When did rock 'n' roll music first start to appear in the United States?
- mid 1950s
- late 1940s
- early 1960s
True or false: DJ Alan Freed is said to have coined the phrase rock 'n' roll.
Who founded Memphis record label Sun Records?
- Woody Richardson
- Sam Phillips
- Randy Wood
What famed rock 'n' roll performers cut their teeth at Sun Records?
- Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison
- Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and Carl Perkins
- all of the above
What four performers made up the Million Dollar Quartet?
- Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Bill Justis
- Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
- Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison and Bill Justis
Who recorded "Rock Around the Clock" in 1954?
- Chuck Berry
- Bill Haley and His Comets
- Jerry Lee Lewis
What year did Columbia Records introduce the 12-inch LP vinyl record?
True or false: In the early '60s, Detroit became an important center for black singers.
What was the debut Motown single?
- "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" by Marvin Gaye
- "Bad Girl" by the Miracles
- "Bye Bye Baby" by Mary Wells
On what TV show did the Rolling Stones make their American debut?
- "The Ed Sullivan Show"
- "American Bandstand"
- "The Hollywood Palace"
Which rock 'n' roll artist has the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Charts?
- the Beatles
- the Supremes
Who plays the guitar solo in the Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?
- Jimmy Page
- Eric Clapton
- Jimi Hendrix
Which members of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young were former members of Buffalo Springfield?
- Neil Young and Stephen Stills
- David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash
- David Crosby and Stephen Stills
True or false: The 1960s gave rise to many bands and singers of folk rock and protest songs.
True or false: The Beatles debut U.S. single was "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1964.
What British Invasion rock band was the first to be known for its guitar playing ability?
- the Yardbirds
- the Rolling Stones
- the Who
What was the name of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's two-LP collection released in October 1968?
- "Electric Ladyland"
- "Are You Experienced"
- "Axis: Bold as Love"
True or false: After Jimmy Page left the Yardbirds, he formed new band with vocalist Robert Plant called Led Zeppelin.
What Brit rock band evolved in 1964 from a group called the Detours?
- the Who
- the Rolling Stones
- the Kinks
True or false: "Morrison Hotel" was the last Doors' album to feature lead singer Jim Morrison.
What Pink Floyd album was the first to hit No. 1 on any chart?
- "The Dark Side of the Moon"
- "Atom Heart Mother"
Which of the following was NOT a member of Black Sabbath between 1969-78?
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Geezer Butler
- Ronnie James Dio
In the late '70s, punk rock began to surface in the U.K. and the U.S. Which band was NOT part of the punk scene?
- the Sex Pistols
- Ziggy Stardust
- the Ramones
Which member of the Clash appears on the cover of the album "London Calling"?
- Paul Simonon
- Joe Strummer
- Mick Jones
What Grateful Dead signature song served as a foundation for the band's live jams?
- "Dark Star"
- "Tennessee Jed"
True or false: John Lennon appeared simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek on Oct. 27, 1975.
True or false: The vinyl record inside Alice Cooper's "School's Out" album sleeve was wrapped in a pair of panties.
True or false: AC/DC is often credited as the founding band of heavy metal.
What song was the Police's biggest hit?
- "Every Breath You Take"
- "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
- "King of Pain"
In 2011, Rolling Stone readers ranked the best lead singers of all time. Where did Freddie Mercury of Queen land?