Quiz: Can You Match These Classic 45s to The Year In Which They Were Released?
Can You Match These Classic 45s to The Year In Which They Were Released?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Before iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music services, the good old 45 ruled. The 45 record was introduced in 1949 by RCA. It was smaller than a 78 and more durable and had two sides with just two recordings. It quickly became known as a "single" or the 7-inch (based on the size of the record itself). The physical sales of those singles saw them listed weekly on the charts, with the No. 1 single selling the most copies during that week. So artists would not only release an LP (long-playing) record of their latest album, they would also release singles from it, Most LPs would have anywhere from three to five singles released during a period of time. Some were marketed for longer, thanks to their popularity.

Some of the best-selling singles of all time include "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets, "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles and "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees. But just how much do you know about classic 45s? Would you be able to identify the year they were released? If you think you can, then let's see how you fare on this quiz. Good luck!


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