Welcome to Friday Night Pub Quiz #9. 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 most of the answers can be found in my book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.

The specialist topic this week: Led Zeppelin.


1.What was the name of Elvis Presley’s vocal backing group in the 1950s and 1960s?

2.Which professional boxer was the subject of Bob Dylan’s 1975 single Hurricane?

3.In January 1963, who was the last person to join the classic Rolling Stones lineup?

4.What was the name of the Beach Boys’ legendary ‘lost’ 1967 album?

5.Which 1980s group comprised George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison?

6.Which legendary bluesman is believed to have sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads?

7.Which London club hosted the 1st British Punk Festival in 1976?

8.Who’s 1973 debut album contained the track Blinded by the Light, a hit for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1976?

9.Born Harold Jenkins, which country singer took his name from two American towns?

10.Which bluesman named his guitars “Lucille”?

11.Who wrote the English words to the Frank Sinatra classic My Way?

12.What were the Four Tops originally called?

13.In March 1962 at the Ealing Club, who advertised themselves as “Britain’s First Rhythm & Blues Band”?

14.Said to have influenced John Lennon’s playing on Love Me Do, who played harmonica on Bruce Channel’s 1962 hit Hey Baby?

15.Which David Bowie song did Mott the Hoople turn down before they accepted All the Young Dudes?

This week’s specialist subject – Led Zeppelin

    1.Which R&B group morphed into Led Zeppelin?

    2.Who is said to have inspired the name “Led Zeppelin”?

    3.Which song on their second album attracted a plagiarism lawsuit from Howlin’ Wolf because of its similarity to Killing Floor?

    4.Who famously turned down the offer to be Led Zeppelin’s lead singer?

    5. Why was their 1972 American tour cut short, with the band returning to England unexpectedly?

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