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

By: Annette
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
How Much Do You Know About the History of Rock and Roll?
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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?
Eric Clapton
John Lennon
John Lennon was featured on the first cover of Rolling Stone. The Beatles hold the record for the most covers in history.
The Boss

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Rock and Roll originated in the US in what decade?
'40s
'50s
Rock and Roll originated in the US in the '50s. The genre fully flourished by the mid-'60s.
'60s

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The earliest Rock and Roll used what lead instrument?
Saxophone
Piano
Both
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.
Blues
Country
Jazz
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?
1
2
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.
4

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Some believe that Rock and Roll contributed to _______ .
The Industrial Revolution
The Civil Rights Movement
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.
WWII

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The Rolling Stones' tongue logo was inspired by _____ .
A goddess
The Rolling Stones' famous tongue logo was inspired by an Indian Hindu goddess. That would be Kali the Destroyer.
A homeless person
A traffic signal

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Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" is inspired by ______ .
A poem
A dream
A real highway
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?
1
5
60
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 _____ .
A dance
A tossing ship
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.
A speeding car

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"Rocking and rolling" would also be used to refer to _____ .
Being sick
Going insane
Sex
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?
New York
The South
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.
The Pacific Northwest

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Rhythm and Blues was originally called _____ .
Race music
Country music
Both
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
Big Joe Turner provides a great early example of rock infused into Jazz. His 1939 single "Roll 'Em Pete" is a prime example.
Sal Barbs
Jonas Mitchel

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What is Axl Rose's real name?
Sam Smith
Chris Jones
William Bailey
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 _____ .
Technological advancement
Changes in the recording industry
Both
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?
His wife
His daughter
George Harrison's wife
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
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.
The Who
Led Zeppelin

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Who was kicked out of Nirvana's Nevermind release party?
Angry fans
Groupies
Nirvana
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?
John Lennon
Jimi Hendrix
"Purple Rain" was an allegory to the Jimi Hendrix song, "Purple Haze." Between the purple haze and purple rain, things are looking very purple.
His mother

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What is Elton John's real name?
Colin Parker
Samson Orange
Reginald Kenneth Dwight
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?
Germany
Spain
Iran
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?
The Fat Man
Strange Things Happening Everyday
Rock Awhile
All of the above
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 _______ .
Chuck Berry
Bo Diddley
Little Richard
All of the above
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 _____ .
White musicians
Rockabilly was almost exclusively played by white musicians. The famous list includes Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
African American musicians
Latino musicians

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Who was a major contributor to the British Invasion?
Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly was one of the first major contributors to the British Invasion. He would influence the song writing of the Beatles.
Frank Capra
Sam Jones

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When did Doo Wop flourish?
'40s
'50s
Doo Wop really flourished in the '50s. It was a popular form of Rhythm and Blues at that time.
'70s

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True or false: Lynyrd Skynyrd is his real name.
True
False
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?
Illness
Anger
To join a cult
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?"
Oh, blimey
Bollix
Oh, f*cking hell
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?
Buddy Holly
The Big Bopper
Ritchie Valens
All of the above
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?
The Hit Hour
American Bandstand
Dick Clark's American Bandstand was where is all began. It was the perfect melding of Rock and dance.
American Idol

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Who joined Crosby, Stills, and Nash?
George Harrison
Eric Clapton
Neil Young
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?
The Who
Queen
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen has the longest-running fan club. Of course, this makes perfect sense.
Prince

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How much did Paul McCartney get paid to perform at the 2012 London Olympics?
1 pound
Paul McCartney was paid 1 pound to perform at the 2012 London Olympic Games. That amounts to $1.57.
100,000 pounds
1 million pounds

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