Boomer Rock n’ Roll Trivia Challenge

Posted on June 25th, 2015 in Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg



I want to show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. ~Etta James


Odd name, even by rock n’ roll standards. What does it mean?




The best selling single of all time in the U.S?

Hey, Jude
Candle in the Wind
We Are the World
Hound Dog




The original name of the Grateful Dead?

I Ching




Boomers in Common: What do these music talents share?




Which is the first big all-girl rock n’ roll band?

The Runaways
The Bangles




Only one of the following artists performed at Woodstock, 1969

Joni Mitchell
Bob Dylan
Led Zeppelin
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Frank Zappa




Rolling Stone Magazine picks Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album “Greatest of All Time?” What is #2?

What’s Going On Marvin Gaye
Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan
Exile on Main Street The Rolling Stones
Pet Sounds Beach Boys


Answers at end of post


Notable Quotables


> If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’. ~John Lennon

> I knew the words to 25 rock songs, so I got in the group. Long Tall Sally and Tutti-Frutti, that got me in. That was my audition. ~Paul McCartney

> Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it. ~Elvis Presley

> I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn’t play rock ‘n’ roll. ~Joan Jett

> I like there to be some testosterone in rock, and it’s like I’m the one in the dress who has to provide it. ~Courtney Love

> I am Classic Rock Revisited. I revisit it every waking moment of my life because it has the spirit and the attitude and the fire and the middle finger. I am Rosa Parks with a Gibson guitar. ~Ted Nugent


> Rock ‘n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. ~Frank Sinatra




Three Dog Night means it’s is so damn cold outside, you need need three dogs to keep you warm in bed. I thought it originated in Alaska, but some say it’s Australian.

The Elton John tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Candle in the Wind, is #1.

Way back when, the Grateful Dead called themselves The Warlocks.

None of these headline rock n’ rollers ever had a #1 hit.

The first big all girl rock and roll band? Depends on how big is big. First should go to Joan Jett’s group, The Runaways, who released its debut album in 1976. The Go-Gos were a greater commercial success but in 1982 Joan Jett had the #3 single for I Love Rock n’ Roll and the Go-Gos came in at #25 for We Got the Beat. Who was edgier and more avant garde? No contest. Joan Jett was a trend-setting bad ass.


It’s a lot of long stories, but only Blood, Sweat and Tears appeared on the 1969 Woodstock stage.

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