Free Printable Old Music Trivia Quiz Questions


Music trivia quiz questions about the Tennessee Waltz, Vanilla Ice, Barry Manilow, advertising jingles, Peggy Sue and more.

What gold-plated 33-rpm record did the Apollo astronauts leave behind on the moon?
A: Camelot--a favorite of President John F. Kennedy.

What popular performer was named best female singer of the year a record 21 times by Down Beat magazine?
A: Ella Fitzgerald.

Who sang advertising jingles for McDonald's, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Kentucky Fried Chicken and others before making it big on the music scene?
A: Singer-composer Barry Manilow.

How many Beatles songs were at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles list in early April 1964?
A: An unprecedented and never duplicated five. From NO.1 to No.5 they were: "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You." "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and "Please Please Me."<>p>

What did Buddy Holly originally call "Peggy Sue," the rock 'n' roll classic he recorded with the Crickets in 1957?
A: "Cindy Lou." Holly renamed it at the urging of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison, whose girlfriend's name was Peggy Sue.

What modern musical instrument is based on the medieval sackbut?
A: The trombone.

What popular singer was heard on the first multi-track vocal--on a recording that was billed as a duet?
A: Patti Page, in 1951. The song was "The Tennessee Waltz."

Who wrote the title song for the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die?
A: Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.

How much did a piano cost in the 1900 Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog?
A: It cost $98--FOB Chicago.

Carole King's song "The Loco-Motion" was made into a hit record in 1962 by her maid. Who was she?
A: Little Eva--Eva Narcissus Boyd.

What did opera great Luciano Pavarotti do for a living before he became a professional tenor?
A: He taught in an elementary school and then sold insurance--because he found teaching too hard on his vocal cords.

Who is the famous clarinetist who performs with the New Orleans Funeral and Jazz Band?
A: Woody Allen.

How long was the train on pianist-showman Liberace's 175-pound Norwegian blue shadow fox coat?
A: 16 feet. The coat is on display at the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas.

What jazz great was known by the nicknames Dippermouth and Gatemouth.
A: Louis Armstrong--who is better known as Satchmo, a shortened version of Satchelmouth.

In disc jockey slang, what is a lunar rotation?
A: An infrequently played record.

In the world of music, adagio is a direction to play slowly. What do the terms adagietto and adagissomo mean?
A: Adagietto is a direction to play slightly faster than adagio; adagissomo, to play very slowly.

What did Aretha Franklin wear on her head when she sang "Funny Girl" at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1969?
A: Antlers.

What popular recording star's real name is Robert Van Winkle?
A: Vanilla Ice's.

What musical masterpiece commemorates a battle fought at a place called Borodino?
A: Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Borodino is a village 70 miles west of Moscow. The battle was between Napoleon's troops and the Russian Army.

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