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.
- Which iconic guitarist was known as “Slowhand”?
- 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?
- Who wrote and recorded the original version of Blue Suede Shoes?
- Simon and Garfunkel originally recorded together using the name of which two cartoon characters?
- Which frontman was known as the “Lizard King”?
- Which other rock’n’roll heroes died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly?
- Which American DJ is accredited with coining the phrase “rock’n’roll”?
- The Stranglers’ name originally reflected the town in southern England where they were formed. What was that town?
- Which band was Lemmy sacked from before he formed Motörhead?
- Which 1960s producer was famous for his “Wall of Sound”?
- Who did David Gilmour replace in Pink Floyd?
- Which surf duo came to a sticky end at Dead Man’s Curve?
And for the hardcore fans out there…
- Which drummer links the Searchers and Deep Purple?
- 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?
- Which UK punk band’s former members went on to form the Clash and the Damned?
This week’s specialist subject – The Beatles
- What was the Beatles first UK #1?
- Who wrote and originally recorded Roll Over Beethoven?
- Who cited the Beatles’ songs Piggies, Helter Skelter and Revolution 9 as one of his influences for mass murder?
- Who was the Beatles’ original bass player?
And for hardcore fans…
- Name the five drummers that played with the Beatles (after they adopted the name, “The Beatles”).