Can You Identify These Rock 'n' Roll Icons?

By: Olivia Cantor
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4 min
Chuck Berry Which legendary rock and roll singer-guitarist is this one?
Hank Ballard
Sam Cooke
Chuck Berry
It was the song “Johnny B. Goode” back in 1958 that really cemented Chuck Berry’s significant contribution to rock and roll music. His brand of rhythm and blues infused with rock and roll became a distinct sound that’s still being heard today.
Bobby Darin

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Fats Domino Who was this really cool rock and roll icon?
Fats Domino
Louisiana is very proud to have Fats Domino as their homegrown son, who helped pioneer the sound of early rock and roll in the ‘50s. He actually had a song entitled “Walking to New Orleans” as a tribute to where he was born.
Bill Doggett
Roy Hamilton
Amos Milburn

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Ray Charles Can you name this piano-playing man?
Roy Brown
Bobby Freeman
Smiley Lewis
Ray Charles
“The Genius” known as Ray Charles became the icon of soul music as he tinkered with this genre and crossed it with other genres to produce his own brand of iconic music. Some of his iconic songs include “I Got A Woman,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Unchain My Heart.”

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Bobby Darin Can you dare name this iconic idol?
Bobby Darin
That unmistakable blend of rock and roll, jazz, pop, folk, and country is very evident in Bobby Darin’s early hits. But his hit “Mack The Knife” had a resurgence when McDonald’s used it for a commercial before. His other songs include “Dream Lover” and his version of “Beyond The Sea.”
Link Wray
Jack Scott
Lloyd Price

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The Beatles Who are these Fab Four from Liverpool?
The Beatles
The British Invasion was characterized in the 1960s by the introduction of the Fab Four musicians from England, collectively known as The Beatles. John, Paul, George, and Ringo became record-breaking musical artists, and their music continues to influence musicians of today.
The Robins
The Clovers
The Platters

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Buddy Holly and the Crickets Who was this bespectacled rock and roller and what was his band?
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
The “5” Royales
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
The rockabilly sound was the selling point of artist Buddy Holly, who also came with a group called The Crickets. You might know them from their hit rock and roll songs like “That’ll Be The Day” and of course the classic “Peggy Sue.”
Dion and The Belmonts

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Little Richard This flamboyant rock and roller is known as...?
Wynonie Harris
Little Richard
Little Richard was rightfully inducted back in 1986 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to his early contributions to the formation of this genre. Many early rock and roll classic songs were by him, such as “Long Tall Sally,” Keep A-Knockin’,” and the legendary “Good Golly, Miss Molly.”
Ike Turner
Jackie Brenston

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Brenda Lee This fantastic female rock and roll icon is known as…?
Little Esther Phillips
Brenda Lee
Fantastic females also rocked the rock and roll scene, and Brenda Lee was one such pioneering lady. She had a hit entitled “I’m Sorry” back in 1960, as well as other hits like “Sweet Nothin’s,” “Emotions,” and “Everybody Loves Me But You,” to name just a few of her many, many hits.
Etta James
Big Mama Thornton

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Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three Country music lovers adore this rock and roll legend. Who is he?
Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three
“The Man in Black” named Johnny Cash is a country music icon, but he got his start during the rock and roll era, where he also contributed to the polishing of the rockabilly sound that permeated that time. He had a band called The Tennessee Three during those early years, which had many line-up revisions and formations throughout the years, even name changes, but it’s still primarily identified with Johnny’s music and legacy.
Bill Black’s Combo
Arthur Lee Maye and The Crowns
Junior Walker and The All-Stars

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Connie Francis This great lady is known as…?
Ruth Brown
Lula Reed
Connie Francis
Connie Francis had a lot of albums and singles released not only in the U.S. but also internationally. Some of her well-loved songs include “Where The Boys Are,” her version of “Who’s Sorry Now,” “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar,” to name a few.
Sandy Nelson

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Ritchie Valens Latino music represent! Who was this cool rock and roller?
Percy Sledge
Rick Nelson
Lee Dorsey
Ritchie Valens
Spanish lyrics suddenly came into play when Ritchie Valens’ hit rock and roll record called “La Bamba” hit the charts. Too bad his career was cut short by a plane accident, which also killed other legends such as Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.

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Jerry Lee Lewis Who is this piano-pounding musician?
Jesse Belvin
Clyde McPhatter
Chuck Willis
Jerry Lee Lewis
Rumor has it that the rockabilly rocking sound of piano-playing Jerry Lee Lewis threatened the guitar-playing rock and roll icon, Elvis Presley. But it was also shown in a Lewis biopic that he also had to improvise on his sexy swaying which Elvis could do while playing the guitar, so he stood up when he played the piano, too!

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Elvis Presley Who is this undeniable King of Rock and Roll?
Johnny Ace
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley is undeniably the King of Rock and Roll, as he helped invent and usher in this musical genre. It all started in the mid-‘50s for him, as he recorded his first songs with Sun Records – and the rest was musical rock and roll history.
Jackie Wilson
Little Willie John

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James Brown Who is this super-duper funky singer?
Gene Pitney
Major Lance
James Brown
Early rock and roll sound also had soul, thanks to The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. He started with the group called The Famous Flames in the 1950s, where they produced hits like “Try Me” and “Please, Please, Please,” until he went on to have his own hits in the ‘60s and ‘70s such as “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine).”
Eddie Floyd

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The Everly Brothers Who is this famous rock and roll duo?
Sonny Til and The Orioles
Don Julian and The Meadowlarks
Lee Andrews and The Hearts
The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers were indeed blood brothers, composed of elder brother Don and younger brother Phil, who meshed the sound of country music and rock and roll. Their popular songs include “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” their version of “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Cathy’s Clown,” and the emo-inducing “Crying in the Rain.”

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Bill Haley and the Comets Which cosmic-sounding artist is this?
Buddy Knox and The Rhythm Orchids
Bill Haley and the Comets
If you’re familiar with the hit song “See You Later, Alligator,” then you should know that the rock and roll legends who sang this were Bill Haley and the Comets. Another undeniable rock and roll hit song for this group was called “Rock Around The Clock,” which is still being popularly played today.
Little Anthony and The Imperials
Huey Smith and The Clowns

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Ricky Nelson This music and TV heartthrob is…?
Clarence Carter
James Carr
Ricky Nelson
The 1950s became Ricky Nelson’s teen transition years when he became a certified teen idol after growing up as a kid in his parents’ hit TV show called “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” He was able to come to his own fame as a musician, with hits like “Be-Bop Baby,” “A Teenager’s Romance,” “Sweeter Than You,” and “Travelin’ Man,” among many other hits in his lifetime.
Tyrone Davis

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Bo Diddley Can you name this iconic guitar-playing singing legend?
Bobby Mitchell
Percy Mayfield
Bo Diddley
Blues and rock and roll certainly mixed into a great genre that influenced other artists, thanks to the pioneering work of singer-songwriter Bo Diddley. One of his famous songs is entitled “Road Runner,” which was also covered by many other rock greats.
Richard Berry

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Hank Williams Holler if you know who this is!
Wilson Pickett
Marvin Gaye
Hank Williams
Hank Williams was only 29 years old when he died back in 1953, but he was such an influential singer-songwriter who made a mark in the musical landscape of America, starting in the 1930s. Some of the songs he either composed or recorded were “Lovesick Blues,” “Honky Tonkin’,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Jambalaya (On The Bayou),” and “Hey, Good Lookin’,” just to name a few.
Bob Dylan

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The Platters This legendary group had legendary songs. Who are they?
The Dominoes
The Five Keys
The Platters
Vocal groups were also big during the early rock and roll era, not just musicians and bands, and one of the pioneers of the genre were The Platters. Some of their biggest hit songs include “Only You,” and of course “The Great Pretender” as well.
The Chords

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The Drifters Who is this group that kept vocalization afloat?
The Diamonds
The Drifters
No one does doo-wop better during the rock and roll era than The Drifters. Aside from their legendary tune called “Save The Last Dance for Me,” they also sang “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “There Goes My Baby.”
The Skyliners
The Heartbeats

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The Coasters Cruise around for the right answer, and guess who this is!
The Ronettes
The Coasters
You might know The Coasters as that vocal group who popularized the fun song called “Yakety Yak,” but they actually had more hits. Some of them are “Searchin’,” “Young Blood,” “Charlie Brown,” and “What About Us.”
The Young Rascals
The Animals

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Carl Perkins Can you identify this guitar-playing rock and roller in the image?
Eugene Church
Carl Perkins
Did you know that the hit Elvis song “Blue Suede Shoes” was actually first recorded by Carl Perkins, and it became a hit song for him back in 1954? That’s why he is regarded as the King of Rockabilly because he was one of the early pioneers of this rock and roll combined genre, which later influenced artists like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Bobby Charles
Charlie Feathers

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Big Joe Turner This talented head-turner is named…?
Rufus Thomas
Earl Bostic
Big Joe Turner
Big Joe Turner left a legacy in rock and roll as The Boss of The Blues. He was performing with great musical legends even before rock and roll became rock and roll in the ‘50s, having performed with the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Frankie Ford

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Shirley and Lee Can you name this rock and roll duo?
Jan and Dean
Simon and Garfunkel
Shirley and Lee
Shirley and Lee was the duo known as the “The Sweethearts of the Blues,” producing hit songs such as “I’m Gone,” “Feel So Good,” and “Well-A, Well-A.” When the duo split up, Shirley Goodman went on to have a solo career, and came up with the hit ‘70s song called “Shame, Shame, Shame.”
Sam and Dave

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The Big Bopper He was unfortunately included in "The Day The Music Died." Who was this musical figure?
Solomon Burke
Van Morrison
Dick Dale
The Big Bopper
The man who sang the hit song “Chantilly Lace” was known as The Big Bopper, but he also went by the name J.P. Richardson Jr. He was also a composer, penning songs for other artists such as “White Lightning” and “Running Bear.”

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Del-Vikings Sail on the name of this one! Who are they?
The Byrds
The Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys
Del-Vikings
The Del-Vikings were one of those early doo-wop vocal groups that had hit songs during the 1950s rock and roll era. Aside from their hit “Come Go With Me,” they also had other hits like “Whispering Bells.”

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Jackie Wilson He was known as Mr. Excitement. Can you guess who he is?
Del Shannon
Eddie Floyd
Roy Orbison
Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson had a very tumultuous life, but it was also colorful in terms of musical legacy, since he helped shape rhythm and blues in the history of rock and roll’s development. Some of his hits include “Reet Petite,” “Talk That Talk,” “Doggin’ Around,” and “I Get The Sweetest Feeling,” to name a few.

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Eddie Cochran Which rockabilly rocker was this?
Tony Allen
Chuck Higgins
Cliff Richard
Eddie Cochran
Early rock and roll legend Eddie Cochran was born in Minnesota, but he died in the U.K. His hits include “Twenty Flight Rock,” “Something’ Else,” and “C’mon Everybody,” to name a few.

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Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Teenyboppers know this act! Do you?
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Frankie Lymon was the lead singer of the group The Teenagers, but since they became popular, the billing changed in 1957 and included his name as a headliner, a typical billing style utilized by other acts during the early rock and roll era. Their group is noted for being one of the firsts, if not the first, vocal group to actually feature teenagers, with Frankie being below 18 years of age when they hit it big with “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.”
Danny and The Juniors
Jerry Butler and The Impressions
Johnny and the Hurricanes

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Johnnie Ray Can you name this rock and roll dude?
Don Covay
Johnnie Ray
Who knew that a partially deaf artist would be influential in forging the rock and roll sound of the ‘50s? But that was the legend of Johnnie Ray, who released many hits such as “The Little White Cloud That Cried,” “Please, Mr. Sun,” and his version of “Hernando’s Hideaway.”
Billy Stewart
James Carr

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Johnny Otis Can you name this rock and roll act?
Johnny Otis
Johnny Otis was influential in the formation of both the rhythm and blues sound as well as the rock and roll sound of the late ‘40s and the ‘50s as well. He not only wrote and recorded his own songs, but he also discovered many of the pioneering artists of that era, such as Jackie Wilson, Etta James, and Hank Ballard, to name a few.
Low Rawls
Aaron Neville
Howard Tate

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Isley Brothers This related group is known as what?
Righteous Brothers
Isley Brothers
Yes, they are indeed related by blood, and the Isley Brothers topped the charts with their catchy vocal harmonizing styles. Some of their hits include “Shout,” their cover of “Twist and Shout,” and “Nobody But Me.”
The Ventures
Jefferson Airplane

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Duane Eddy Do you know who this rock and roller is?
Duane Eddy
Duane Eddy was included in the 1994 roster of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for a great reason – as one of the legendary artists that graced the ‘50s and ‘60s. His legendary guitar skills can be heard in his hit songs like “Peter Gunn,” “Ramrod,” “Because They’re Young,” and “(Dance with the) Guitar Man.”
Gary Bonds
Ben E. King
Gene Chandler

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LaVern Baker Who was this gracious rhythm and blues singer?
LaVern Baker
LaVern Baker was one of the great pioneers of the rhythm and blues sound of the rock and roll era, with hit songs such as “I Cried A Tear,” “Love Me Right in the Morning,” and “Jim Dandy.” She also recorded a very controversial duet with Jackie Wilson in the ‘60s entitled “Think Twice,” which could very well put all the “explicit lyrics” people today to shame. Go search for it on YouTube; it’s a hoot!
Janis Joplin
Gladys Knight
Aretha Franklin

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Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps What was the name of this rock and roll performer and his back-up?
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
Another pioneering musician who contributed to the rockabilly sound is Gene Vincent, with his hit song “Be-Bop-A-Lula” being cited as one of the earliest releases that exemplified the rockabilly sound. His other hits include “Dance to the Bop” and “Lonely Street.”
Boyd Bennett and His Rockets
Dean Barlow and The Crickets
Billy Riley and His Little Green Men

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Lloyd Price Can you correctly name this famous singer-songwriter?
Manfred Mann
Jimmy Hughes
Lloyd Price
With “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” everybody heard Lloyd Price for the first time back in 1952, which also helped shape the New Orleans sound of that early rock and roll era. His other hits include “I’m Gonna Get Married,” “Where Were You,” and “Stagger Lee,” to name a few.
King Curtis

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The Clovers Can you pick the name of this group correctly?
The Du Droppers
The Cadets
The Clovers
The Clovers is another of those doo-wop vocal groups that became successful in the early rock and roll era. Aside from their signature hit “Love Potion No. 9,” they also had other hits such as “From The Bottom of My Heart” and “One Mint Julep.”
The Mystics

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The Penguins How about this great group?
The Monotones
The Larks
The Dubs
The Penguins
The doo-wop style is a characteristic of early rock and roll styles that was popularized in the 1950s and ‘60s by many vocal groups, including The Penguins. You may know them from their hit single called “Earth Angel,” which was popularized anew in the ‘80s by the “Back to the Future” scene where Marty McFly’s parents dance to this tune, solidifying their union.

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The Five Satins Can you successfully name this successful group?
The Ravens
The Five Satins
Doo-wop was such a big hit during the early rock and roll era, and The Five Satins was successful because of that. Aside from their signature hit song “In The Still of the Night,” they had other hits such as “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “To The Aisle.”
The Bobbettes
The Dells

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