Music trivia questions and answers including Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Elton John, Chip Taylor, Minnie Pearl and more.
An opera written to commemorate the opening of the Suez Canal was first performed on December 24, 1871. What was it?
A: “Aida,” by Giuseppe Verdi.
A: RCA paid $35,000 plus a $5,000 bonus when Elvis signed.
Who wrote and recorded the song “Beware of Young Girls” after her husband left her for a young woman?
A: Dory Previn, ex-wife of composer-conductor Andre Previn. The younger woman was actress Mia Farrow.
What brand of apple was used s the symbol for the Beatles’ record label, Apple Records?
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A: Trivia Country!
In 1948, Peter Goldmark introduced something for which people like Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac would be forever grateful. What was it.?
A: The long-playing, 33-1/3 RPM record album.
“Anywhere the Bluebird Goes” was the original title of which very popular 1939 tune?
A: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me).”
In 1970, cult ringleader and convicted killer, Charles Manson recorded an album of his songs. What was its title?
Chip Taylor, the composer of such hit songs as “Wild Thing” and Angel of the Morning,” is the brother of which Oscar-winning actor?
“Palisades Park” was a hit in 1962 for singer Freddy Cannon. Its composer, Chuck Barris, is better remembered for creating and hosting which excruciatingly bad TV show of the 70s?
A: The Gong Show.
Radio station WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, has been broadcasting The Grand Ole Opry since November 1928. What do the call letters “WSM,” stand for?
A: “We Shield Millions,” the motto of the National Life and Accident Company, which originally owned the station.
What three Gershwin songs contain the phrase, “Who could ask for anything more”?
A: “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “I’m About to Become a Mother.
In 1957, a group called The Scholars released the record, “Kan-gu-wa,” which failed to hit the charts. Both the composer and the lead singer are probably grateful to be remembered for their other accomplishments–who are they?
A: Gossip-columnist, Louella Parsons, who wrote the song; Kenny Rogers, who sang it.
In addition to singing superstar Michael Jackson, who were the original members of the Jackson Five?
A: His brothers, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito.
What rock star was christened William Broad?
What was the musical theme played at the beginning of the Green Hornet radio series?
A: “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
To whom did super-rocker Elton John pay tribute in his hit “Candle in the Wind”?
A: Marilyn Monroe.
What was the musical theme of TV’s Captain Video and His Video Rangers?
A: The overture to Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Hollander” (The Flying Dutchman).
What Nobel Peace Prize-winning American vice-president composed the music for the song “It’s All in the Game,” which became a hit tune for Tommy Edwards in 1951 and again in 1958?
A: Charles G. Dawes, who served as vice-president to Calvin Coolidge from 1925 to 1929. He wrote the song in 1912.