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101 50’s Music Trivia Questions That Are Supermurgitroid

The 1950s had some of the greatest musicians who baked the best-tasting biscuits we ever had. This decade had three different phases and provided us with music that still influences us today. From the death of big bands to the explosion of rock and roll to the beginnings of pop standards, there was something for everyone. 

Are you a square or a cool cat? Take this 50’s music quiz to find out! Even with the rise of rock and roll, the 50s were still owned by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, so your jazz obsession will pay off here. These 50’s music trivia questions and answers are sure to razz your berries!

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What nickname was given to Roy Orbison?

The Big O

The Big R

The Big R O

O Biggles

Sonny Till was the lead singer of which group?

The Five Keys

The Orioles

The Flamingos

The Moonglows

That’ll Be The Day’ was a 1958 album by whom?

Little Richard

Bobby Darin

Buddy Holly

Bill Haley

Old Leather Lungs was a nickname given to which artist?

Frank Sinatra

Frankie Lane

Dean Martin

Perry Como

Which singer played Catwoman in the Batman TV series?

Toni Arden

Pearl Bailey

Rosemary Clooney

Eartha Kitt

My True Love was the first top 10 hit for whom?

Jackie Wilson

Otis Williams

Jack Scott

Lloyd Price

John Marshall Alexander was better known by what name?

Ricky Nelson

Hank Ballad

Johnny Ace

Johnny Otis

Rock Around the Clock was a hit for whom?

Bobby Darin

Buddy Holly

Little Richard

Bill Haley

Who began his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis?

Elvis Presley

Bobby Darin

Duane Eddy

Buddy Holly

Percy Faith hailed from which country?

Canada

England

Australia

USA

Which group had a hit with Courtroom Blues?

The Robins

The Five Satins

The Spaniels

The Harp Tones

Complete the title of the Hank Ballad hit ‘Work With Me…’?

Annie

Susie

Daisy

Mary

What is the real surname of Little Richard?

Perriman

Pennington

Penniman

Perry

Cry Cry Cry was the first single released by whom?

Johnny Cash

Eddie Cochran

Billy Ward

Jerry Lee Lewis

Which of these singers passed away in 2013?

Frankie Lane

Patti Page

June Valli

Peggy Lee

Who hit No.1 in 1950 with Teardrops From My Eyes?

Ruth Brown

Patti Page

Dolly Parton

Big Mama Thornton

Which group’s first two hits were ‘Maybe’ and ‘He’s Gone’?

The Belmonts

The Clowns

The Chantels

The Cadillacs

Tony Williams was the lead Tenor in which 1950s band?

The Dominoes

The Platters

The Clovers

The Cadillacs

Complete the title of a 1955 Al Martino hit ‘The Man From…?’

Baramie

Caramie

Daramie

Laramie

Who had a 1957 hit with ‘The Big Band’?

Fats Domino

Little Richard

Ray Charles

Chuck Berry

Serendae of the Bells is a notable album by which 1950s act?

Nat King Cole

Perry Como

Dean Martin

Sammy Kaye

Who had a smash hit in 1958 with ‘Rumble’?

Jay Hawkins

Sonny Till

Larry Williams

Link Wray

Harry was the real first name of which 1950s star?

Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin

Perry Como

Bing Crosby

Reet Petite was a famous hit for whom in the 1950s?

Frankie Lymon

Little Willie John

Ivory Joe Hunter

Jackie Wilson

What was the first name of Chuck Willis?

Harold

Edward

George

Henry

Jerry Lee Lewis was often found playing what instrument?

Guitar

Piano

Bass

Drums

Who did ‘The Teenagers’ back?

Frankie Lymon

Ricky Nelson

Chuck Willis

Johnny Ace

High School Confidential was a hit penned by whom?

Bill Haley

Billy Ward

Jerry Lee Lewis

Buddy Holly

Who scored a 1957 hit with CC Rider?

Ricky Nelson

Chuck Willis

Johnny Ace

Johnny Otis

Who had a 1956 smash hit with Jim Dandy?

Big Mama Thornton

Patti Page

Ruth Brown

LeVern Baker

What was the name of Billy Haleys backing group?

The Stars

The Moons

The Comets

The Suns

Which of these was the name of a successful 1950s group?

The Del Hans

The Del Normans

The Del Vikings

The Del Romans

Who had a hit in the 1950s with ‘See You Later Alligator’?

Buddy Holly

Little Richard

Bobby Darin

Bill Haley

Which singer was born Antoinette Ardizzone?

Pearl Bailey

Toni Arden

Rosemary Clooney

Eartha Kitt

Jesse Belvin died at what tragic age?

47

27

37

57

Sam Cooke is often referred to as The King of, what?

The Blue

Soul

Country

Jazz

Which girls name featured in several hits for Hank Ballad?

Susie

Annie

Daisy

Mary

Which band backed Billy Ward?

The Cadillacs

The Platters

The Clovers

The Dominoes

What nickname was given to Patti Page?

The Singing Rage

The Screaming Rage

The Loving Rage

The Famous Rage

Harvey Fuqua and Bobby Lester were members of which group?

The Flamingos

The Coasters

The Moonglows

The Drifters

Miss Rhythm was a 1959 album release by which 1950s artist?

Patti Page

Ruth Brown

Dolly Parton

Big Mama Thornton

Crazy Arms was a breakthrough hit for whom?

Bill Haley

Buddy Holly

Jerry Lee Lewis

Billy Ward

Tommy Gaither and Johnny Reed were members of which group?

The Moonglows

The Orioles

The Flamingos

The Five Keys

Ivory Joe Hunter was often called ‘The Baron of…’?

Jive

Boogie

Dance

Rock and Roll

The Big O was the nickname given to which star?

Huey Smith

Bobby Darin

Ritchie Valens

Roy Orbison

Who married dancer Delores Mohawk in the 1950s?

Gene Vincent

Sam Cooke

Bo Diddley

Carl Perkins

Who was often billed as Mr Excitement?

Jackie Wilson

Chuck Willis

Frankie Lymon

Little Willie John

Who backed Huey ‘Piano’ Smith?

The Chantels

The Belmonts

The Cadillacs

The Clowns

Songs Our Daddy Taught us was a 1950s album by whom?

The Everly Brothers

Little Richard

Bobby Darin

Buddy Holly

How old was Eddie Cochran when he died?

31

41

21

51

How was Lloyd Price better known?

Mr Personality

Mr Danger

Mr Fun

Mr Happy Times

Richard Penniman was better known as…?

Ray Charles

Little Richard

Chuck Berry

Richard Little

Whose first hit was ‘Money Honey’?

The Platters

The Dominoes

The Cadillacs

The Drifters

What was the name of Link Wrays backing band?

The Linkettes

The Link Men

The Rayettes

The Ray Men

Les Paul was a 1950s pioneer of which instrument?

Guitar

Piano

Drum

Keyboard

Mae was the middle name of which singer?

Toni Arden

Pearl Bailey

Eartha Kitt

Rosemary Clooney

Which of these songs was the signature tune of Patti Page?

Las Vega Waltz

Nashville Waltz

Tennessee Waltz

California Waltz

Which of these is the name of a 1950s chart topping act?

Johnny Ray and the Three Lads

Johnny Ray and The Four Lads

Johnny Ray and the Five Lads

Johnny Ray and the Two Lads

Little Richard released Tutti Frutti in which year?

1959

1955

1950

1952

The Big Beat film featured which group?

The Del Vikings

The Cadillacs

The Clowns

The Belmonts

Who had a hit 1959 album with ‘What I’d Say’?

Bill Haley

Ray Charles

Bobby Darin

Little Richard

Eric Hillard were the first real names of which act?

Sam Cooke

Ricky Nelson

Hank Ballad

Johnny Otis

Rockin’ At The Hops was a late 1950s album by whom?

Little Richard

Chuck Berry

Buddy Holly

Bobby Darin

Move it/Schoolboy Crush’ was the first single by…?

Ritchie Valens

Bobby Darin

Roy Orbison

Cliff Richard

Fats Domino was noted for playing which instrument?

Basson

Piano

Guitar

Trumpet

Yes Indeed was a hit 1950s album by whom?

Little Richard

Ray Charles

Bill Haley

Bobby Darin

Terry ‘Buzzy’ Johnson was a member of which group?

The Flamingos

The Drifters

The Platters

The Coasters

Kay Starr had a massive 1950s hit with ‘The Rock and Roll…’?

Rhythm

Waltz

Blues

Time

Who had hits with Short Fat Fannie and Bony Moronie?

Duane Eddy

Jay Hawkins

Larry Williams

Sonny Till

Chuck Willis was often billed as ‘The King of….’?

The Hill

Running

Mountains

Stroll

The Originator is a nickname often given to whom?

Johnny Cash

Bo Diddley

Gene Vincent

Carl Perkins

Mambo Boogie was a breakthrough record for whom?

Johnny Otis

Hank Ballad

Bo Diddley

Sam Cooke

Which of these was a number 1 hit for Lloyd Price?

Stagger Fee

Stagger Gee

Stagger Lee

Stagger Gee

What name was often given to Jackie Wilson?

Mr Happy Times

Mr Excitement

Mr Fun

Mr Jive

Which of these was a charting song for Vera Lynn?

My Dad My Dad

My Brother My Brother

My Sister My Sister

My Son My Son

Which of these was a nickname often given to Etta James?

Miss Apples

Miss Peaches

Miss Pears

Miss Fruits

Henry Byrd was better known by which name?

Professor Short Hair

Professor Danger

Professor Longhair

Professor Short Back and Sides

Antoine was the first name of which singer?

Chuck Berry

Ray Charles

Little Richard

Fats Domino

What was Frank Sinatra’s middle name?

Edward

Julian

Albert

David

What were the names of the Everley Brothers?

Ed and Don

Don and Wayne

Phil and Drew

Don and Phil

Who had a hit in 1956 with ‘Roll over Beethoven’?

Buddy Holly

Chuck Berry

Ray Charles

Bobby Darin

Fever was originally a 1956 hit for whom?

Frankie Lymon

Johnny Ace

Little Willie John

Chuck Willis

In what year did ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ reach Number 1?

1959

1956

1962

1965

Complete the title of The Platters Number 1 ‘The Great…’?

Lover

Magician

Pretender

Man

Who is often called The King of Soul?

Carl Perkins

Bo Diddley

Gene Vincent

Sam Cooke

Which of these is a nickname often given to Frankie Lane?

Mr Rock Tonsils

Mr Grey Tonsils

Mr Metal Tonsils

Mr Steel Tonsils

Which act had a 1955 smash hit with ‘Tutti Frutti’?

Little Richard

Buddy Holly

Bobby Darin

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was most noted for playing which instrument?

Trumpet

Drums

Guitar

Piano

The King of Rockabilly was a nickname given to whom?

Johnny Cash

Eddie Cochran

Jerry Lee Lewis

Carl Perkins

Please Send Me Someone To Love was a major hit for…?

Huey Smith

Bobby Darin

Ritchie Valens

Percy Mayfield

What country musician sang the song ‘Waterloo’ in the 1950s?

Stonewall Jackson

Train

Kid Rock

DMX

Which act had a No.1 hit with ‘Cry’?

Mario Lanza

Patti Page

Les Paul

Johnny Ray and The Four Lads

Who had a major hit with ‘The Shrine of St Cecilia’?

The Penguins

The Clowns

The Harp Tones

The Del Vikings

Which band were originally known as The Sentimental Four?

The Moonglows

The Coasters

The Flamingos

The Five Keys

Which singer had a hit in 1953 with ‘C ‘est Si Bon’?

Eartha Kitt

Rosemary Clooney

Toni Arden

Pearl Bailey

Eddy Howard topped the charts in 1951 with which song?

Sin

Crying

Mercy

Pain

Ivory Tower’ was a major hit for which act?

Otis Williams

Jackie Wilson

Ivory Joe Hunter

Lloyd Price

Who had a 1950s hit with ”Kiss of Fire?

Pearl Bailey

Toni Arden

Eartha Kitt

Rosemary Clooney

Dixied Fried and Boppin the Blues were hits for which act?

Eddie Cochran

Johnny Cash

Carl Perkins

Jerry Lee Lewis

Thomas Threat and Ripley Ingram were members of which group?

The Moonglows

The Coasters

The Flamingos

The Five Keys

Duane Eddy was noted for playing which instrument?

Keyboard

Piano

Saxophone

Guitar

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