The popular music of the 1960s was diverse. It began with doo wop, a folk music revival, lots of rock n roll, and surf rock. It went on to the British invasion, Motown records, soul, psychedelia, and so much more. Rock alone had many permutations, including folk rock, acid rock, Baroque rock, the Merseybeat music, psychedlic rock, and garage rock, to name a few. So without further ado, here we go with some Sixties music trivia.
Levon Helm played the drums and mandolin and provided vocals for a number of groups and artists. He was also a successful actor in films. With which of these groups below was he a member?
a) Creedence Clearwater Revival
b) The Byrds
c) Traveling Wilburys
d) The Band
Levon Helm was a member of The Band and was known for his multi-instrumentality, creative drumming, and soulful voice. Some examples are on “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
On film, Helm is known for playing Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), as Chuck Yeager’s friend and colleague in The Right Stuff (1983), and as a firearms expert in Shooter (2007).
In the 60s, there were those who fought in the Vietnam War and those who protested. Today’s music trivia is about one of the anti-War songs. Who had a Top 40 hit with the anti-Vietnam War song “The Unknown Soldier”?
The answer is #1 The Doors. The song is credited to band members Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Kreiger, and John Densmore. They released “Unknown Soldier” in 1968 and it went to #39 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that year. It was also released on the 1968 album Waiting for the Sun.
The first track on that album was “Hello I Love You,” which was the first big hit for The Doors. If you would like to read more about or listen to that song, please click here for “Hello I Love You” by The Doors.
In 1966, the song “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” was a Top 10 hit. Who was sang it?
a. The Four Tops
c. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
d. The Temptations
“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” was written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean. It became an international hit for Jimmy Ruffin. In 1966 it went to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #6 on the R&B chart, #9 on Cash Box, #8 in the U.K., #2 in France, and #18 in Canada.
Over the years, there have been covers by Diana Ross and The Supremes, Chris Farlowe, Baby Washington, Paul Young (featured in the film Fried Green Tomatoes), Robson & Jerome, Vonda Shepard, Joan Osborne, Rod Stewart, Martina McBride, Jimmy Barnes, and Boy George, to name a few.
The 1969 movie Easy Rider featured the music of several bands from the Sixties. Which band did not appear on the soundtrack?
a. The Byrds
b. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
c. The Band
d. The Lovin’ Spoonful
The answer is The Lovin’ Spoonful. On the Easy Rider soundtrack were:
“The Pusher” and “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf
“The Weight” by Smith
“Wasn’t Born to Follow” by The Byrds
“If You Want to be a Bird (Bird Song)” by The Holy Modal Rounders.
“Don’t Bogart Me (aka Don’t Bogart That Joint) by The Fraternity of Man.
“If 6 was 9” by Jimi Hendrix
“Kyrie Eleison/Mardi Gras” by The Electric Prunes
“It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding” by Roger McGuinn
“Ballad of Easy Rider” by Roger McGuinn
In what year did RCA Victor Records begin releasing all pop singles in both mono and stereo?
Hint: a song by Elvis Presley was the first mono/stereo release.
The answer is a. 1960. The single was “Stuck on You” by Elvis Presley. It was his first hit single after his two years of service in the U.S. Army. He recorded it in March, 1960, and it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 by late April.
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