Welcome to Friday Night Pub Quiz #5, 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 and each week features a specialist topic. This week it’s the 1950s.


1.Who recorded the original version of the Rolling Stones UK debut, Come On?

2.In which country did the Jimi Hendrix Experience play their debut gig?

3.Which bluesman recorded the original version of the song that Cream recorded as Crossroads?

4.What former occupation do the drummers Mitch Mitchell, Phil Collins and Mickey Dolenz have in common?

5.Who was 24 Hours from Tulsa in 1963?

6.What was the Beatles 1st US #1 single?

7.What is considered to be the 1st UK punk single (1976)?

8.Which was the 1st group to have their 1st three singles enter the UK charts at #1?

9.Who replaced Paul Jones as lead singer in Manfred Mann in 1966?

10.Which long-running hippie band started out as Warlocks?

11.Who replaced Keith Moon as the Who’s drummer in 1979?

12.Which country singer is known as the Man in Black?

And for the hardcore fans out there…

1.In whose backing band did the Eagles first play together?

2.Which BBC TV play did Bob Dylan perform Blowing in the Wind in January 1963?

3.What was the name that BB King gave to his guitars?

This week’s specialist subject – The 1950s

    1.Which record label did Elvis Presley start out on?

    2.Which 1955 movie kick-started rock’n’roll when it played Rock Around the Clock over the opening titles?

    3.Which rock’n’roller was Breathless in 1958?

    4.How many Little Girls were Sitting In The Back Seat in 1959?

    And for hardcore fans…

    1.Which trad-jazz band’s 1954 album first included Lonnie Donegan’s Rock Island Line?

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