Welcome to the eighth Friday Night Pub Quiz, 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 questions vary in difficulty. The specialist topic this week: Drummers.


1.Which group did Steve Winwood form when he left the Spencer Davis Group in 1967?

2.Which 1966 Beach Boys album inspired the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper?

3.Elvis covered Hound Dog in 1956 but who recorded the original version in 1952?

4.In which decade did the Rolling Stones have their last UK #1?

5.Who was the Pink Floyd’s original guitarist/singer/songwriter?

6.Which name links Elvis Presley’s drummer and the Mindbenders’ singer?

7.What colour was the Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie … Bikini that Brian Hyland sang of in 1960?

8.By what name was legendary bluesman McKinley Morganfield better known?

9.Which country music legend replaced Beach Boy Brian Wilson on tour in 1965?

10.What was the name of Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren’s shop in London’s King’s Road in the mid-1970s?

11.Which guitarist links Deep Purple and Rainbow?

12.What is the first word in the title of a 1968 George Harrison album that is the title of a 1995 Oasis single?

13.Which legendary trumpeter released Birth of the Cool in 1957?

14.What was the first part of the group’s name that they dropped to become simply, “Slade”?

15.In the 1940s’s, who was the creator of the first solid body electric guitar, known as The Log?

This week’s specialist subject – drummers

    1.Who was the Beatles drummer before Ringo Starr?

    2.Whose signature drum solo was Moby Dick, on their 2nd album in 1969?

    3.Whose 1st single Teen Beat gave the charts its 1st drum solo hit single in 1959?

    4.Which punk drummer was known as “Tory Crimes”?

    5. Which drummer replaced Charlie Watts in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated in 1962?

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