Can You Name These Male ’70s Bands and Artists From an Image?

By: William J. Wright
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Bruce Springsteen Can you pick out the New Jersey-born rocker known by his fans as "The Boss"?
Donald Fagen
Lou Reed
Bruce Springsteen
Rock 'n' roll poet Bruce Springsteen burst on the music scene in the early 1970s to much critical acclaim. His 1975 album, "Born to Run," launched him into superstardom. Early in his career, his band dubbed him "The Boss" as he was appointed to negotiate and distribute their pay after gigs.
Eddie Money

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Can you name the iconic Southern rock band who took their name from their hard-nosed high school gym coach?
The Marshall Tucker Band
Henry Paul Band
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gary Rossington, Alan Collins, Ronnie Van Zant, Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns made their high school gym coach, Leonard Skinner, an unwitting celebrity when they named their band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Notoriously strict, Skinner had several run-ins with the future Southern rockers over their long hair.
Wet Willie

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KISS This hard-rocking group from New York City was founded by Chaim Witz and Stanley Eisen in 1973. Can you name the "hottest band in the world"?
The Ramones
The New York Dolls
KISS
Dissatisfied with the direction of their band, Wicked Lester, Paul Stanley (born Stanley Bert Eisen) and Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz) conquered the world with KISS in 1973. Adding guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, the band was a juggernaut of makeup, fire and merchandising.
The Stooges

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The Eagles Can you name the folk and country-influenced rock group founded by former members of Linda Ronstadt's backing band?
Poco
Pure Prairie League
The Eagles
The Eagles' founding members Glenn Frey and Don Henley met as members of Linda Ronstadt's backing band. Adding Randy Meisner of the Stone Canyon Band and, with Ronstadt's help, Bernie Leadon formerly of The Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles classic lineup recorded their first album 1972.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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David Bowie What legendary English rocker was known as the "Thin White Duke"?
Mick Jagger
David Bowie
A consummate artist, David Bowie donned the guise of the Thin White Duke with his 1976 album "Station to Station." Abandoning the glam influence of his previous stage personas like Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke was more conventional in appearance but more controversial in demeanor.
Gary Glitter
John Lydon

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Peter Frampton This former Humble Pie guitarist released one of the best-selling live albums of all time in 1976. Can you name him?
Steve Marriott
Paul Kossoff
Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton's 1976 double live album "Frampton Comes Alive" produced the rock radio staples "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Do You Feel Like We Do?" and "Show Me the Way." In "Wayne's World," Mike Myers quips, "If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide."
Jeff Beck

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Bee Gees This vocal group rose to fame on the heels of Beatlemania in the '60s but reinvented themselves as the kings of the dancefloor in the 1970s. Who are they?
Jerry and the Pacemakers
The Hollies
Bee Gees
The Bee Gees were one of the few groups in history to change their sound and gain popularity. Rising to fame in the late 1960s, they built their success on ballads like 1968's "Words." In 1975, they successfully transitioned to disco with their first dance hit "Jive Talkin'."
Rory Storm and the Hurricanes

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Meat Loaf Can you name the popular '70s singer who was born Marvin Lee Aday?
Meat Loaf
Marvin Lee Aday was given the nickname Meat Loaf by his high school football coach. Meat Loaf's 1977 release "Bat Out of Hell" written by his frequent creative partner Jim Steinman, is one of the best-selling albums of all time charting for an incredible nine years.
Gino Vannelli
Steve Miller
Leo Sayer

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The Clash Can you name the first generation punk group billed as "the only band that matters"?
The Clash
Ignoring all trends and expectations, The Clash were known for their anti-authoritarian lyrics and musical experimentation, which included the melding of reggae with their all-out punk assault. Ironically, the famous tagline "the only band that matters" was created by their label, CBS Records.
The Sex Pistols
The Damned
Generation X

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The Commodores Before launching a successful solo career in the '80s, Lionel Richie was a member of this '70s soul and funk powerhouse. Can you name them?
The Commodores
Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie was a member of The Commodores from their inception in 1968 until he went solo in 1982. Richie was a co-lead singer and also filled in on keyboards and saxophone. He's responsible for the band's softer side writing such hits as "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady."
Sly and the Family Stone
The Spinners
The Meters

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Elton John Can you name the outrageous piano man who was born Reginald Dwight?
Billy Joel
Stevie Wonder
Elton John
One of the best-selling artists of all time, Elton John, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998 for his music and philanthropy, was at a creative peak in the mid-'70s. With his outrageous costumes, raucous live performances and solid songwriting, Elton John remains a favorite of both critics and fans.
Leon Russell

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The Jackson 5 Which Motown recording artists had their own Saturday morning cartoon show in 1971?
The Temptations
The Four Tops
The Miracles
The Jackson 5
With four back-to-back number one singles from their first album, The Jackson 5 were Motown's teen sensations. Exploiting the group's youth appeal, Motown's marketing machine went into high gear producing everything from J5 coloring books to a Saturday Morning cartoon that aired from 1971 to 1972.

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Cheap Trick Can you name the band from Rockford, Illinois, who first shot to stardom in Japan before finding their audience in the U.S.?
Cheap Trick
By 1978, Cheap Trick had released three albums that failed to crack the U.S. Top 40. Largely ignored in their homeland, fans in Japan declared them the second coming of the Beatles. International demand for their Japan-only live album "Cheap Trick at Budokan" catapulted the band into superstardom.
Devo
KISS
The Jackson 5

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Terry Jacks This Canadian singer had a number one hit in 1974 with "Seasons in the Sun." Can you name him?
Terry Jacks
In 1974, singer-songwriter Terry Jacks went to number one for three weeks with his version of "Seasons in the Sun," an English adaptation of Jacques Brel's "Le Moribond" rewritten by Rod McKuen. In spite of its popularity in the '70s, many critics consider it one of the worst pop songs of all time.
Warren Zevon
Loudon Wainwright III
Harry Nilsson

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Aerosmith Can you name the hard rock band whose fifth album features a cover drawn by legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld?
The Who
Black Oak Arkansas
Foghat
Aerosmith
Aerosmith's 1977 album "Draw the Line" featured a cover consisting of caricatures of the band by Al Hirschfeld. Best known for his drawings of Broadway stars and covers for "TV Guide," Hirschfeld drew Aerosmith in his instantly recognizable style. Sadly, the album marked a downturn for the band.

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Black Sabbath Originally known as Earth, this band from Birmingham, England, is credited by some with inventing heavy metal. Can you name them?
Blue Cheer
Steppenwolf
Black Sabbath
With their occult imagery and sludgy, overdriven wall of sound, Black Sabbath may not have invented the genre of heavy metal, but they definitely codified its essential elements. An influence on nearly every heavy metal act after them, Black Sabbath were hated by critics but adored by fans.
Jethro Tull

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Queen Can you name the British band whose 1977 album "News of the World" features a terrifying cover by sci-fi artist Kelly Freas?
The Rolling Stones
Queen
Featuring the rock anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions," Queen's 1977 "News of the World" has one of the most terrifying album covers in music history. The painting, featuring the band crushed in the grip of a robot, is a reworking of a 1953 cover of "Astounding Science Fiction."
Wings
Slade

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Al Green This R&B legend, best known for his 1971 hit "Let's Stay Together," left the mainstream to become a minister and a gospel artist. Can you name him?
Bobby Womack
Barry White
Al Green
Al Green established himself as an R&B force with two back-to-back hit albums in the early '70s featuring indelible soul hits like "Tired of Being Alone" and "Let's Stay Together." Nevertheless, by the decade's close, personal issues and a calling to the ministry would lead him to leave popular music.
Teddy Pendergrass

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Led Zeppelin Can you name the legendary hard rock band whose untitled fourth album features four arcane symbols?
Cream
Free
Bad Company
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album contains no printing on its outer cover or inner gatefold. Instead of a title, the album features four runes representing each member of the band printed on the inner sleeve on the record's center label.

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Ramones This influential punk band from Forest Hills, Queens, released their first album in 1976. Can you name them?
Talking Heads
Dead Boys
Television
Ramones
Founded in 1974 by original members Johnny, Dee Dee, Joey and Tommy, The Ramones were at the epicenter of the art and music movement that would be known as punk. With short, hooky songs played at break-neck speed, The Ramones were a much-needed kick in the pants to stale arena rock.

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Billy Joel Can you name the popular singer-songwriter who was in a psychedelic heavy metal band called Attila before going solo?
Billy Joel
Before he was the "Piano Man," Billy Joel donned Viking furs and pounded the keys for Atilla, a hard rock band steeped in psychedelia and high volume. Atilla released a self-titled album to little fanfare in 1970. In 1971, Joel reinvented himself with his first album "Cold Spring Harbor."
James Taylor
Gordon Lightfoot
Dan Fogelberg

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Alice Cooper This shock rocker has said that his group was the band "that drove a stake through the heart of the peace and love generation." Can you name him?
Ozzy Osbourne
Alice Cooper
Formed in 1964 by Vincent Furnier, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith, Alice Cooper went through many name changes before settling on their infamous moniker. In 1975, the band, known for their shocking theatrics, dissolved and Furnier assumed the name as his own.
Screamin' Lord Sutch
Frank Zappa

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Earth, Wind and Fire This innovative R&B group got its name from the zodiac. Can you name them?
Rare Earth
Jefferson Starship
Earth, Wind & Fire
With their diverse style spanning the genres of R&B and funk to rock and jazz, Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most successful and influential bands of the 1970s. The group derives its name from the zodiac sign Sagittarius, a fire sign which incorporates characteristics of earth and air.
Hawkwind

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The Osmonds Can you name the bubblegum pop group that recorded an environmentally aware hard rock song in 1972?
The DeFranco Family
The Partridge Family
The Cowsills
The Osmonds
By 1972, teen pop sensations The Osmonds had 10 albums under their belts and the clout to begin writing their own songs. The result was the surprisingly heavy metal "Crazy Horses," an anti-air pollution hit that went to number 14 on the U.S. "Billboard" Hot 100.

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Leif Garrett This child star turned teen idol had a string of hits with covers of '50s and early '60s pop songs. Can you name him?
Leif Garrett
After a successful acting career that included roles in 1969's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and the horror film "Devil Times Five," Leif Garrett was marketed as a teen music idol to great success. His eponymous debut album was comprised mostly of '50s and '60s hits like Dion's "The Wanderer."
David Cassidy
Shaun Cassidy
Andy Gibb

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Boston Can you name the popular '70s band founded by an engineer with a degree from MIT?
Aerosmith
Queen
Nazareth
Boston
Boston was formed in 1976 by Tom Scholz, an MIT-trained engineer and inventor. Scholz played nearly all of the instruments on the band's debut with singer Brad Delp on vocals. Despite Boston's success as one of the best selling bands of the '70s, they only released two albums during the decade.

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The Sex Pistols Can you name the British punk band who crashed Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee by boat?
Generation X
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Clash
The Sex Pistols
During the year-long celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, The Sex Pistols took to the Thames in a riverboat to mark their single "God Save the Queen." Ripping into a blistering rendition of "Anarchy in the UK" as they neared Parliament, they were surrounded by police and forced ashore.

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The Misfits This New Jersey punk group known for incorporating classic horror and sci-fi imagery into their songs are considered pioneers of hardcore. Can you name the band?
The Undead
Rosemary's Babies
Mourning Noise
The Misfits
Founded in 1976 by vocalist Glenn Danzig, The Misfits took their name from Marilyn Monroe's last film. By 1978, the band's image had become increasingly influenced by horror and science fiction. In 1979, Danzig adopted the Crimson Ghost from the 1946 movie serial as the band's iconic mascot.

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Blue Öyster Cult Can you name the hard rock outfit from the 1970s who first hit the stage as Soft White Underbelly?
Aerosmith
Black Oak Arkansas
Blue Öyster Cult
Best known for their 1976 hit "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," Blue Öyster Cult was initially conceived of as America's answer to Black Sabbath. From their inception as Soft White Underbelly in the late 1960s, the band underwent several name changes before settling on their famous umlauted moniker.
Amboy Dukes

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Klaatu Can you name the Canadian band formed in 1973 who were falsely rumored to be a reunited Beatles?
Badfinger
Elephant's Memory
The Quarrymen
Klaatu
Klaatu's mysterious, self-titled debut album, released with no information other than the band's name caused a minor sensation among Beatles fans in 1977. Noting striking similarities between Klaatu and "the Fab Four," some in the music press stoked the rumor that the Canadian trio was the Beatles.

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Pink Floyd Can you name the psychedelic British rock act whose concerts often included flying a giant, inflatable pig over the audience?
Soft Machine
Genesis
Yes
Pink Floyd
The 1977 release of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album and its subsequent tour saw imagery from the record, based loosely on George Orwell's "Animal Farm," become a driving force in their elaborate stage show. The iconic flying pig featured on the album's cover became a staple of Floyd performances.

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Deep Purple What band is responsible for the iconic riff that is a rite of passage for nearly every beginning guitarist?
Grand Funk Railroad
Kansas
Deep Purple
"Smoke on the Water" from Deep Purple's 1972 album "Machine Head," tells the story of the fire that gutted the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa show. The song's subject matter, however, has become secondary to its famed four-note riff, which has become essential for budding hard rock guitarists.
Mahogany Rush

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Bay City Rollers Can you name the Scottish pop band whose fans were known as the Tartan Horde?
Thin Lizzy
Pilot
Silk
Bay City Rollers
The Bay City Rollers were a pop-rock phenomenon from Edinburgh, Scotland, who hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with their party anthem, "Saturday Night." The band's distinctive style consisting of short plaid trousers and scarves was copied by their fans who were dubbed the Tartan Horde.

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Nick Lowe Actual footage from his wedding appears in the promo clip for this power pop singer's 1979 hit "Cruel to Be Kind." Can you name this English musician?
Elvis Costello
Andy Partridge
Nick Lowe
Actual film footage of Nick Lowe's wedding to country singer Carlene Carter is incorporated into the video for 1979's "Cruel to Be Kind." The clip was shot on the actual day of Lowe's nuptials making him late for his own vows.
Gilbert O'Sullivan

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The New York Dolls Can you name the influential New York band that fused glam looks with hard rock attitude in a style that was a precursor to punk?
The Velvet Underground
Richard Hell and the Voidoids
The New York Dolls
Pioneers of both glam and punk, The New York Dolls' influence can be felt in music ranging from the pure punk rock of The Ramones to the decadent hair metal of Poison. With their androgynous looks, sneering vocals and thunderous guitars, the Dolls set the stage for a new generation of rockers.
MC5

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Johnny Winter Who was the famous Texas guitarist who produced a Grammy-winning album for blues legend Muddy Waters in the late 1970s?
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Jeff Back
Eric Clapton
Johnny Winter
Texas-born albino musician Johnny Winter, best known for his bluesy slide guitar riffs and unique appearance was a blues purist who dreamed of working with the legendary Muddy Waters. In 1976, Winter got his chance when he recorded and produced the blues icon's Grammy-winning album "Hard Again."

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Terry Reid Can you name the British musician who was the first choice for vocalist in the band that would become Led Zeppelin?
Robert Plant
Paul Rodgers
Peter Green
Terry Reid
Singer Terry Reid was guitarist Jimmy Page's first choice to take on vocal duties for the New Yardbirds which would become Led Zeppelin. When Reid was unavailable due to scheduling, he suggested that Page should get in touch with Robert Plant. The rest is history.

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Paul Williams This diminutive songwriter penned hits for The Carpenters and Three Dog Night and also appeared in the films "Phantom of the Paradise" and "Battle for the Planet of the Apes." Can you name him?
Burt Bacharach
Bernie Taupin
Jim Steinman
Paul Williams
At 5'2," Paul Williams is a giant of a songwriter. Having composed "We've Only Just Begun" for The Carpenters and Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song," he also had a prolific acting career co-starring in the cult favorite "Phantom of the Paradise" and "Smokey and the Bandit."

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The Ohio Players According to urban legend, this band's 1975 hit contains the scream of a murder victim. Can you name this notorious funk and R&B outfit?
Graham Central Station
The Ohio Players
An oft-repeated urban legend contends that The Ohio Players' 1976 hit "Love Rollercoaster" contains the scream of a woman being murdered. In fact, the high pitched squeal in question, occurring at around a minute and 20 seconds into the song is from singer and keyboardist Billy Beck.
Kool and the Gang
Funkadelic

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Don McLean Can you name the singer-songwriter who had a hit with a ballad about artist Vincent van Gogh?
Jim Croce
Paul Simon
Harry Chapin
Don McLean
"Vincent" was a hit single from folkie Don McLean's critically-acclaimed 1971 album, "American Pie." The song is a melancholy tribute to artist Vincent van Gogh, and McLean wrote it on a paper bag after reading a biography of the troubled artist.

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