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From Motown to the British Invasion: The History of Rock 'n' Roll Quiz
by Staff
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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1950

True or false: In the early '60s, Detroit became an important center for black singers.

  • true
  • false

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
  • Elvis

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
  • false

True or false: The Beatles debut U.S. single was "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1964.

  • true
  • false

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.

  • true
  • false

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.

  • true
  • false

What Pink Floyd album was the first to hit No. 1 on any chart?

  • "The Dark Side of the Moon"
  • "Atom Heart Mother"
  • "Meddle"

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"
  • "Ripple"
  • "Tennessee Jed"

True or false: John Lennon appeared simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek on Oct. 27, 1975.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The vinyl record inside Alice Cooper's "School's Out" album sleeve was wrapped in a pair of panties.

  • true
  • false

True or false: AC/DC is often credited as the founding band of heavy metal.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • No. 2
  • No. 5
  • No. 3