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This musician was born Gordon Sumner in Northumberland, England in 1951 and has experienced success as both a solo artist and part of a band.



This former record producer and co-founder of Interscope Records has been better known in recent years for co-founding Beats Electronics with Dr. Dre.

Jimmy Iovine


The Traveling Wilburys featured these five musicians.

Jeff Lynne (ELO)
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
George Harrison
Roy Orbison


She is the most-charting female vocalist of all time, behind Aretha Franklin. She is known for songwriting partnerships with Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Dionne Warwick


The fourth verse of this song begins, "He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat."

The Battle Hymn of the Republic


A year before her death in a plane crash, Patsy Cline had a huge hit with the song "Crazy." What other singer, still with us, wrote it?

Willie Nelson


Of the members of the best-selling musical group in the world, all but one performed under names they were given at birth. What was the pseudonymous musician's birth name?

Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr)


Who's the only star from the early 1960s heyday of Motown who was still making records on the label into the 21st century?

Stevie Wonder


"Borderline" and "Lucky Star" are early singles by which artist?



The band that reached #1 in 1967 with "Incense and Peppermints"; the band led in the 1970s by Eric Carmen; the Irish rock band fronted by Dolores O'Riordan; the sleazy hard rock band that recorded "Lit Up" and "Too Drunk..."; Britain's biggest-selling all-female pop trio: the names of all of these musical groups share, most prominently, what distinction?



What is the term for the musical genre, synthesizing elements from blues, jazz, country and western, R&B, gospel, and other forms, that originated among the Cajuns and African American Creoles of southwest Louisiana in the early 20th century? The vest frottoir (or rub-board) is an instrument closely associated with the genre.



What musical artist and "Queen of Funk," born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago in 1953, took at a young age her African name which means "woman of fire"?

Chaka Khan


This former Change frontman was an in-demand background vocalist who worked with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Chaka Khan and more before becoming a successful solo artist.

Luther Vandross


What pop ballad, a big hit in 1955 and again in 1990, got its puzzling title from its original use in a little-seen prison escape movie?

"Unchained Melody," made famous by the Righteous Brothers, started life as the tender love theme from a movie called Unchained.


This foursome was “Runnin’ with the Devil” but runnin’ without brown M&Ms, excluded in the concert contracts.

Van Halen


The electronic musician and DJ born Richard Melville Hall was named in part after his famous author great-great-great-granduncle, and his nickname also references that ancestor. What is Hall's nickname (and stage name)?



What musician earned the nickname "The Lizard King" thanks to the inclusion a poem they wrote containing those words, which was included in the sleeve of their band's album, "Waiting For The Sun"?

Jim Morrison


A reference to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Early morning, April 4 / A shot rings out in the Memphis sky" is the start of the final verse of what song? In recent years, the singer has corrected the lyric in some live performances to "Early evening," as King was shot just after 6 pm.

U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)


Les Baxter's 1951 album Ritual of the Savage launched a musical genre that was eventually named after a 1957 Martin Denny LP. The genre combined influences that mainstream American audiences in the '50s considered excitingly different and unusual: tiki culture; instruments such as the marimba or congas; riffs on South Pacific, East Asian, and African musical styles; and the occasional bird call. What's the genre?



BMI defines this type of old, familiar song as one that’s played 2.5 million times.



His works are the only ones in the National Recording Registry that are preserved on piano rolls.

Scott Joplin


A predecessor to what still-active rock band was formed by its pre-teen founders as "The Broken Combs" way back in 1964? Coincidentally, this is the same year that Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" were released as singles.

Van Halen


What hip-hop genre takes its name for a slang term for the drug-infested houses and neighborhoods of early 2000s Atlanta?



Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, she has the “hardest working legs in show business.”

Tina Turner


A swagman (a wanderer in search of work) jumpin in a billabong (as water hole) to avoid capture in this Aussie song.

Waltzing Matilda


This singer’s first studio album came out in 1955, but a 2011 duets release was his first album to hit no. 1.

Tony Bennett


Name the singer, actress, and "Goddess of Pop" who starred in the 1969 film Chastity and co-hosted a variety show on CBS beginning in 1971 before hosting a show of her own (after separating from her co-host) in 1975, all during a recording career that now spans six decades.



Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, and Sonny Boy Williamson II were among the artists who recorded for what Chicago-based blues and R&B record label? The label was not named after a game (as might be assumed, especially considering the label's logos), but rather is an Anglicized version of the founding brothers' Polish last name.

Chess Records


25 years after these three men played a huge festival, they went back to play again and ended the set with a tune about the 1st show.

Crosby, Stills & Nash


Since rising to mega-stardom with albums like Watermark and Shepherd Moons, who has sold 75 million records worldwide without ever once going out on tour?



This Tulsa-born R&B legend got his start with his brothers as the leader of The Gap Band.

Charlie Wilson


Pictures at Eleven, The Principle of Moments, Shaken 'n' Stirred, and Now and Zen (which features the single "Tall Cool One," later featured in a Coca-Cola commercial) were the first four solo albums from what Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee?

Robert Plant


Name the Three Tenors.

Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras


Many writers and musicologists suggest that the earliest example of a rock opera is a 1968 album called S.F. Sorrow by a British psychedelic rock band led by Phil May and Dick Taylor. The distinction of "First Concept Album" is commonly given to a 1940 collection called Dust Bowl Ballads, which featured original songs written by a very influential and significant figure in the early American folk music movement. Name either the band or the folk singer known for these pioneering albums.

The Pretty Things, Woody Guthrie


From 1975 to 1993, the Rolling Stones had this classic lineup. The same members comprise the band to this day, with the exception of their longtime bassist.

Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Ronnie Wood
Charlie Watts
Bill Wyman


What is Kanye's only No. 1 hit that doesn't feature another artist?



What was the first Jay-Z album to feature production from Kanye?

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia


What multimillion-selling country act takes its name from a geographic feature partially formed by the St. Mary's and Chattahoochee Rivers?

Florida-Georgia Line


Of the Beatles songs on which Ringo Starr sang lead, this one charted the highest, reaching no. 2.

Yellow Submarine


This American folk standard was first recorded by Lead Belly in 1933. It has since been covered by many artists, including The Weavers, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bryan Ferry.

It includes the refrain "I'll see you in my dreams."

Goodnight Irene


From the group's founding in 1955 as The Chimes, through its debut Motown release in 1963, and until his departure in 1972, the legendary R&B band The Miracles was led by what vocalist?

Smokey Robinson


In 1961, she was the first woman to receive the Grammy for Album of the Year. It was for a recording of a live performance at Carnegie Hall.

Judy Garland (Judy at Carnegie Hall)


This composer won the first ever Album of the Year Grammy for The Music From Peter Gunn, the soundtrack from a 1959 TV show.

Henry Mancini


Name the two comedy albums that have won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

1. Bob Newhart - The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
2. Vaughn Meader - The First Family


Name the three soundtracks that have won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

1. Saturday Night Fever
2. The Bodyguard
3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?


The recording industry abbreviation "b/w," which often appeared on (or referred to) specific 45 rpm singles, stands for what phrase?

Backed with


This four-time Grammy winning gospel singer has, as of September 2009, sold nearly 8 million albums worldwide.

Yolanda Adams