How Much Do You Know About the History of Rock and Roll?

By: Annette

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It was the music that changed it all, defined a generation and continues to keep us all rocking. In this quiz, we're going to test your knowledge of all things Rock and Roll. You're not going to be able to sit still.

Who was on the first cover of Rolling Stone?

John Lennon was featured on the first cover of Rolling Stone. The Beatles hold the record for the most covers in history.

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Rock and Roll originated in the US in what decade?

Rock and Roll originated in the US in the '50s. The genre fully flourished by the mid-'60s.

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The earliest Rock and Roll used what lead instrument?

The earliest Rock and Roll used saxophone or piano. These were replaced by the guitar in the late 1950s.

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The beat of Rock and Roll is essentially a ____ rhythm.

The very spine of Rock and Roll is Jazz. This is accentuated by a backbeat, usually provided by a snare drum.

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Classic Rock is usually played by how many guitars?

Classic Rock is generally played by two guitars. That would be one lead and one rhythm. There is also usually a double bass or string bass.

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Some believe that Rock and Roll contributed to _______ .

It's commonly believed that Rock and Roll contributed to the Civil Rights Movement. That would be because black and white American teens both enjoyed the music.

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The Rolling Stones' tongue logo was inspired by _____ .

The Rolling Stones' famous tongue logo was inspired by an Indian Hindu goddess. That would be Kali the Destroyer.

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Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" is inspired by ______ .

Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" was inspired by Route 61. It is a highway that goes through his home state of Minnesota through the Mississippi Delta.

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How many musical instruments could Brian Jones play?

Brian Jones, co-founder of the Rolling Stones, could play over 60 musical instruments. Did that include the cow bell?

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"Rocking and rolling" originally referred to _____ .

The phrase "rocking and rolling" originally referred to the movement of a ship at sea. It was later used to describe spiritual fervor in black church rituals.

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"Rocking and rolling" would also be used to refer to _____ .

OK, let's be honest, Rock and Roll is sexy. The term "rocking and rolling" was used as a sexual analogy for some time.

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Rock and Roll arose where?

Most scholars agree that Rock and Roll originated in the Southern United States. Most of the early Rock and Roll acts would come from this region.

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Rhythm and Blues was originally called _____ .

Rhythm and Blues was originally referred to as race music or country music. It was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Early Jazz with Rock elements can be found in ______ .

Big Joe Turner provides a great early example of rock infused into Jazz. His 1939 single "Roll 'Em Pete" is a prime example.

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What is Axl Rose's real name?

Axl Rose's real name is William Bailey. Scandalous fact: His name is an anagram for something quite sexual. You do the math.

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Rock and Roll arrived at a time of _____ .

Rock and Roll emerged as electric guitars, amplifiers and microphones came on the scene. There were also new independent labels like Atlantic, Sun and Chess.

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Who did Eric Clapton write "Layla" for?

Eric Clapton wrote "Layla" for George Harrison's wife. We hope there were no hard feelings about that.

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Who was the first band to advertise on a billboard?

The Doors were the first band to advertise on a billboard. That would start a trend that greatly influence Rock and Roll, and the US.

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Who was kicked out of Nirvana's Nevermind release party?

In fact, every member of the band was kicked out of the release party for Nevermind. They were trying to start a food fight.

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Prince's "Purple Rain" is an homage to who?

"Purple Rain" was an allegory to the Jimi Hendrix song, "Purple Haze." Between the purple haze and purple rain, things are looking very purple.

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What is Elton John's real name?

Elton John's real name just happens to be Reginald Kenneth Dwight. Honestly, that was a good name. Why did he change it.

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The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" was written after Rock and Roll was banned in which country?

The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" was written after Rock and Roll was banned in Iran. Now, that is one defiant anthem!

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Which of these was the first Rock and Roll album?

These are all prime examples of albums that can be called "firsts." Here's the list: "The Fat Man" by Fats Domino (1949), Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Strange Things Happening Everyday" (1944), Goree Carter's "Rock Awhile" (1949), Jimmy Preston's "Rock the Joint" (1949), and so many more.

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Another great early Rock and Roller would be _______ .

Yep. Great Rock and Roll innovators, all. This list includes Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent.

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Rockabilly was primarily played by _____ .

Rockabilly was almost exclusively played by white musicians. The famous list includes Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Who was a major contributor to the British Invasion?

Buddy Holly was one of the first major contributors to the British Invasion. He would influence the song writing of the Beatles.

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When did Doo Wop flourish?

Doo Wop really flourished in the '50s. It was a popular form of Rhythm and Blues at that time.

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True or false: Lynyrd Skynyrd is his real name.

It's not his real name, but it has a great story. Skynyrd took his name from a high school teacher, Leonard Skinner, who suspended students for having long hair.

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Why did Jeremy Spencer leave Fleetwood Mac?

Jeremy Spencer left Fleetwood Mac to join the Children of God Cult. What is it about Rock and Roll that makes people repent?

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What accidental phrase can you find in "Hey Jude?"

Okay, it's the truth. At 2:58 you can hear Paul McCartney saying "Oh, f*cking hell."

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Who died in the famous 1959 plane crash?

These were all famous rock and rollers that died in a plane crash in February, 1959. Some remark that this led to the decline of Rock and Roll in that decade.

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What TV show is synonymous with Rock and Roll and dancing?

Dick Clark's American Bandstand was where is all began. It was the perfect melding of Rock and dance.

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Who joined Crosby, Stills, and Nash?

Neil Young famously joined CSN. They had reached out to Harrison and Clapton to join before then.

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Who has the longest running fan club?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen has the longest-running fan club. Of course, this makes perfect sense.

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How much did Paul McCartney get paid to perform at the 2012 London Olympics?

Paul McCartney was paid 1 pound to perform at the 2012 London Olympic Games. That amounts to $1.57.

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