The Musicians of the 1960s Quiz


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The 1960s was a time of peace, love and rock 'n' roll. But it also spawned soul, saw the rise of R&B and witnessed the British Invasion. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the musicians of that turbulent decade.

The Beatles dominated the '60s, with two songs on Billboard's Top 20 in the decade. What were they?

"Hey Jude," released in September 1968, came in at the No. 2 position, and "I Want to Hold Your Hand," from February 1964, was No. 5.


Elvis was just hitting his stride as the decade changed, with two songs from 1960 on Billboard's Top 20. Who was his backup band on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "It's Now or Never," along with many of his other hits?

The Jordanaires, primarily a gospel group before Elvis got hold of them in 1956, sang back up for The King for most of his career.


Ray Charles received his first Grammy in 1960 for this tune that later became the official song of his home state.

"Georgia on My Mind," written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, became the official state song of Georgia in 1979.


The Rolling Stones landed on Billboard's Top 20 with this song about wayward women in Memphis, Tennessee.

"Honky Tonk Women," released in 1969, followed a string of '60s Stones hits, including "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," but it was the only one of their songs to make the Top 20 for the decade.


In mid-1964 this girl group took off when "Where Did Our Love Go" went to No. 1.

It was the first of five consecutive No. 1 hits for the group: "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Come See About Me" and "Back in My Arms Again."


This song, which spawned a dance craze, was the No. 1 song of the '60s according to Billboard.

Chubby Checker hit solid gold twice with "The Twist," which danced its way to the No. 1 spot on the charts in 1960 and again in 1962.


Before finding success as a singer in his own right, this performer was a session drummer for Motown legends Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and The Marvelettes.

Marvin Gaye hit it big with songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Can I Get a Witness" after years as a drummer on other singers' hits.


This group had a Saturday morning TV show and several No. 1 hits, including "Sugar, Sugar," one of the biggest hits of the 1960s. They never toured. Who were they?

The Archies were a cartoon group from the show of the same name. The four band members all went on to musical success as humans, following their stint in the animated world.


The Beatles debut album was recorded in 1963 and clearly marked the band as ready for prime time. What album spawned hits including "Twist and Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

"Please Please Me" featured 14 songs, six covers and eight original tunes. It showed off the band's range and highlighted their influences, from rhythm and blues to girl groups.


It seems like a lot of singers went down in airplane crashes, including this one whose only No. 1 record, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," was recorded four days before his death on Dec. 10, 1967.

He didn't live to see his song hit the top of the charts. That happened in 1968, after he and four members of his band were killed when their plane crashed in Wisconsin.


Another Saturday morning group also hit the big time in the 1960s with a song that made Billboard's Top 20 for the decade, "I'm a Believer." What was the group's name?

Neil Diamond wrote that song — along with The Monkees' hit "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" — for this foursome that was put together as a TV show first, band second.


Louis Armstrong made Billboard's Top 20 of the decade with this song that he later sang in the Barbra Streisand movie of the same name.

In 1964, at age 63, Armstrong became the oldest artist to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100. He also sang "Hello, Dolly!" with Barbra Streisand in the 1969 movie.


This woman found the "Respect" she was looking for with the release of her 1967 album, "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You."

She also won her first two Grammys for the song "Respect," which went to No. 1 on both the pop and R&B charts. In 1987 the Queen of Soul became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


This daughter of singing royalty will forever be associated with go-go boots, thanks to her hit 1966 song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."

The eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra also recorded the theme to the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice."


Robert Allen Zimmerman began his career in the 1960s writing and singing about social issues, including war and civil rights. What's his more famous pseudonym?

Bob Dylan's music from the '60s, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-changin'," are the standard-bearers of folk rock to this day.


In 1966 this duo had three singles in the Top 30. It was the payoff of a partnership that had been in the works since the two were in sixth grade and discovered they could harmonize together.

The songs were "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock" and "The Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel.


Creedence Clearwater Revival released a hit song in 1969 with some of the most misquoted lyrics in rock history. What song is it?

The lyrics of "Bad Moon Rising" are not about trying to find your drunken way to the bathroom — "there's a bathroom on the right." Instead, they were inspired after John Fogerty watched the movie "The Devil and Daniel Webster," in which a hurricane wipes out a town — there's a "bad moon on the rise."


Before either he or The Beatles it big in the U.S., this man opened for the band on its tour of England and performed 14 encores his first night. Who was this unlikeliest of sex symbols?

Elvis called Orbison "the greatest singer in the world," while George Harrison said of Orbison's wooden stage presence, "he never even twitched." But Orbison captivated the world with songs like "Only the Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman."


This woman squeezed a lot of life into 27 years, wowing critics and audiences at Woodstock and the Monterrey Pop Festival of 1967 with her raw, gutsy vocals.

Joplin died of an accidental heroin overdose in 1970. Her biggest hit, "Me and Bobby McGee," was released in 1971.


The Man in Black famously recorded an album at a prison in California, leading many fans to believe he'd actually been incarcerated there. What was the album?

Also confusing, Cash released the song "Folsom Prison Blues" in 1955, although "At Folsom Prison" wasn't recorded until 1967 and released in 1968.


This group, with its charismatic and unpredictable lead singer, defined acid rock with hits like "Light My Fire" and "Break On Through (to the Other Side)."

The Doors released six studio albums in six years before lead singer Jim Morrison died of a heart attack at age 27.


This Georgia group scored Motown hits in the '60s, including a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Friendship Train."

This group of brothers, sisters and cousins got its biggest hit in the '70s with "Midnight Train to Georgia." True fans know you can get chicken and waffles at Gladys Knight's restaurant in Atlanta.


In 1966 he had his first hit with "Solitary Man." He also wrote the song The Monkees took to No. 1, "I'm a Believer."

His 1969 hit "Sweet Caroline" was rumored to be about John F. Kennedy's daughter, but in 2014, Diamond admitted he'd written it about his wife.


James Brown's perfectionism and hard work may have brought him out of poverty, but his ability to write and perform songs like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" gained him this nickname.

"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" isn't about the world's first man purse, but it did launch a whole new genre of music — funk, an offshoot of soul — that Brown was already the godfather of.


This band of brothers and cousins from California was The Beatles most serious competition for most influential pop group of the 1960s.

While their early hits may have seemed like simple odes to a life of fun (e.g., "Surfin' Safari," "Surfin' USA" and "Surfer Girl"), their complex harmonies and arrangements endure to this day.


This one-hit wonder knocked The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" out of Billboard's No. 1 spot in summer 1967 with this Southern gothic tale of love gone wrong.

Gentry's hit was made into a movie of the same name in 1976.


Ok, it's our last question about rockers who burned out early. This groundbreaking guitar player blew audiences away with his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock in 1969.

Hendrix died in 1970 from drug-related complications, but not before leaving his mark on the music world with songs like "Purple Haze," "The Wind Cries Mary" and "All Along the Watchtower."


Called the "best ever pop singer" by Rolling Stone magazine, this British singer hit the charts in the '60s with "Son of a Preacher Man" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."

Springfield peaked with the 1968 album "Dusty in Memphis," produced by Jerry Wexler.


Yet another '60s sensation with roots in Georgia, this singer's biggest hit was "I'm Sorry" in 1960.

The song earned 15-year-old Lee a Grammy nomination and gold record. She petitioned the court to have access to the money she was making and won, moving her mother and brother out of a trailer park.


This woman's first hit was "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," but her biggest hit, "Stand By Your Man," seemed to advise women to do anything to avoid that fate. Who was she?

"Stand By Your Man," released in 1968, became the best-selling country song by a woman, with more than 2 million copies sold. That year also marked the first of three Country Music Association female vocalist of the year awards for Wynette.


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