Friday Night Pub Quiz

Friday Night Pub Quiz

Welcome to Friday Night Pub Quiz #1, where you can test your music knowledge about rock’n’roll, from its roots in the early 20th century to punk rock in the mid-1970s.

The questions vary in difficulty and each week features a specialist topic. This week it’s the Beatles.


  1. Which iconic guitarist was known as “Slowhand”?
  2. Who was the lead singer of the 1960s groups The King Bees, The Manish Boys and The Lower Third, before finding international fame as a solo artist in the 1970s?
  3. Who wrote and recorded the original version of Blue Suede Shoes?
  4. Simon and Garfunkel originally recorded together using the name of which two cartoon characters?
  5. Which frontman was known as the “Lizard King”?
  6. Which other rock’n’roll heroes died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly?
  7. Which American DJ is accredited with coining the phrase “rock’n’roll”?
  8. The Stranglers’ name originally reflected the town in southern England where they were formed. What was that town?
  9. Which band was Lemmy sacked from before he formed Motörhead?
  10. Which 1960s producer was famous for his “Wall of Sound”?
  11. Who did David Gilmour replace in Pink Floyd?
  12. Which surf duo came to a sticky end at Dead Man’s Curve?

And for the hardcore fans out there…

  1. Which drummer links the Searchers and Deep Purple?
  2. The musicians who went on to form Led Zeppelin first performed together in the studio, to back a famous 1960s singer who was recording his latest album. Who was that singer?
  3. Which UK punk band’s former members went on to form the Clash and the Damned?

This week’s specialist subject – The Beatles

  1. What was the Beatles first UK #1?
  2. Who wrote and originally recorded Roll Over Beethoven?
  3. Who cited the Beatles’ songs Piggies, Helter Skelter and Revolution 9 as one of his influences for mass murder?
  4. Who was the Beatles’ original bass player?

And for hardcore fans…

  1. Name the five drummers that played with the Beatles (after they adopted the name, “The Beatles”).
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