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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Challenging the Sexes on Rock History Trivia -- Quiz Time

I've often joked around about how guys "feel" music in a different manner than women. I know this is a fallacy of generalization; however, the reality is that "the beat" makes girls shake it down so well while the music often hits the inner "soul" of men, who internalize the rhythm. After all, so many more guys than girls become music devotees, music critics, DJs and the like.

My theory extends to musical tastes and genres, too. Show me a woman who knows and roots and grooves of all the mess -- Led Zep, Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner, Junior Parker, Dylan, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Woody Guthrie, etc. and I just might have to fall in love again.

Well, enough of that pseudo-convoluted BS. I'm here to offer a roots rock quiz for the soulful females today. I'd like to see what girls can "think it" like rock writer Dave Marsh instead of "shake it" like Beyonce. Ladies, take the quiz and don't Google. Guys, do the same. Let's see if this dinosaur dig can prove anything at all about the appeal of rock. Report your number correct -- all girls and guys.

1. What legendary Sun Record producer recorded Elvis's "That's All Right" sessions, what many believe to be the birth of rockabilly?
2. What is the name of B.B. King's legendary black Gibson guitar?
3. During the 1960's what British group featured the guitar playing of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page?
4. What is the most-mentioned nickname of guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton?
5.  Chas Chandler, who helped found and produce Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was also famous as the bassist in what major British band of the 1960s? 
6. Speaking of producers, what famous record producer founded the great Motown record label in Detroit?
7. What was the name given to the tiny studio in the basement of a Detroit house labeled "Hitsville U.S.A." where Motown artists recorded hit after hit?
7. King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson, whose legend includes selling his soul to the devil at a rural Mississippi crossroads wrote the famous "Terraplane Blues." What is a terraplane?
8. A huge scandal in 1958 threatened to end the popular career of Jerry Lee Lewis. The scandal involved what event?
9. A three-day concert event held in June, 1967, is generally known as the beginning of the "Summer of Love" and the first major rock festival. What was the name of this historic event?
10. Singer Don McLean dubbed "the day the music died" as February 3, 1959, in his song "American Pie." A plane crash that day near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and the pilot Roger Peterson. Name at least one of two lucky music stars whose fate saved them from boarding the plane.
11. Who was the producer of the famous "Wall of Sound" as evidence in the recordings of the Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and of the Ronettes' "Be My Baby"? 
12. Mick, Keith, and the boys named their band "The Rolling Stones"? Their moniker was fashioned by band member Brian Jones after what?
13. Who is known as "the Fifth Beatle" and was the producer, arranger, composer, conductor, and audio engineer of the Fab Four? 
14.  Dylan electrified folk and laid the beginnings for a new musical alliance, but many folk purists agreed with this statement at the time: "Only a completely non-critical audience, nourished on the watery pap of pop music, could have fallen for such tenth-rate drivel." Bob Dylan was panned by these critics after his electric set in a '65 performance at what major folk festival?
15. Having sold 150 million records worldwide -- 100 million in the U.S. alone -- this band is the fifth-highest-selling music act and highest-selling American band in U.S. history. J.D. Souther wrote many of their major hit songs. What is the name of the group?
16. Brian Wilson, the musical genious of the Beach Boys, found inspiration for many of the group's vocal harmonies in the late '40s and '50s  recordings of what American male vocal band quartet?
17. What was "Little" Stevie Wonder's first number one hit single recorded live in 1963? Hint -- it is an instrumental featuring his harmonia.
18. Which of these artists did NOT appear at Woodstock "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" held at Max Yasgur's farm in the summer of 1969?  Richie Havens, the Byrds, Santana, Sha Na Na, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Who
19. What prominent folk singer became Bob Dylan's early advocate and was influential in bringing Dylan to national and international prominence by recording his songs and inviting him onstage during her own concerts?
20. What 1951 recording by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats has been claimed by many music critics to be the "first rock and roll song"?  Hint -- the song was based on Jimmy Liggins' "Cadillac Boogie" and was put together by the then 19 year-old Ike Turner and his band in rehearsals at the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
21-25  Who played this instrument on the song?

21. "Won't Get Fooled Again"  Lead guitar?

22. "Whole Lotta Love"  Drums?

23. "Johnny B. Goode"   Lead guitar?

24. "My Girl"  Bass

25. "Heartbreak Hotel"   Singer


1. Sam Phillips   2. Lucille   3. the Yardbirds,   4. Slowhand   5. the Animals
6. Barry Gordy   7. the Snake Pit   Other 7 (I can't count.) automobile (Hudson)

8. A news agency reporter at London's Heathrow Airport learned about Lewis's third wife, Myra Gale Brown. She was Lewis's first cousin once removed and was only 13 years old at the time. (Brown, Lewis, and his management all insisted that she was 15.) Lewis was 22 years old.

9. the Monterey International Pop Festival   10. Waylon Jennings and Dion    11. Phil Spector
12. Muddy Waters' song "Rollin' Stone"   13. Sir George Martin   14. Newport Folk Festival

15. Eagles   16. the Four Freshmen   17. "Fingertips"   18. the Byrds   19. Joan Baez   20. "Rocket 88"
21. Pete Townshend  22. John Bonham   23. Chuck Berry   24. James Jamerson   25. Elvis Presley

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