Welcome to Friday Night Pub Quiz #10, 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 background to the answers can be found in my book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.

The specialist topic this week: Producers.


1.Who replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds?

2.In which year did the legendary Woodstock festival take place?

3.Who was the manager of the latter-days New York Dolls and then the Sex Pistols?

4.Which singer links Free, Bad Company and Queen?

5.Whose 1950 song Rollin’ Stone was the inspiration for the Rolling Stones’ name?

6.Who hosted American Bandstand from 1956 to 1989?

7.Which London group did Decca choose instead of the Beatles, after their failed audition on 1 January 1962?

8.Who was Homeward Bound in 1966?

9.Which American band’s dream came true when they made the cover of issue 131 of Rolling Stone magazine in 1973?

10.Which legendary bluesman did the Yardbirds record with at London’s Crawdaddy Club in 1963?

11.Which 1950s guitarist was known as “King of the Twang Guitar”?

12.Which British group did Graham Nash leave in order to team up with Crosby and Stills?

13.Which guitarist links The Herd and Humble Pie?

14.Which 15-year-old singer from Fargo, North Dakota stood in for Buddy Holly after Holly was killed in a plane crash?

15.Which two bands generated The Doors?

This week’s specialist subject – Producers

    1.Which producer is often referred to as the “fifth Beatle”?

    2.Who produced Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins on his own Sun Records label?

    3.Who was the singer-songwriter who went on to international fame but was known as “Hammond’s Folly”, when John Hammond signed him to Columbia in 1962 and his first album had very slow sales?

    4.Which very successful British producer set up RAK Records in 1969?

    5. Who was the legendary 1960s “wall of sound” producer convicted of murder in 2009?

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