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Free Music Trivia Questions

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Free Music Trivia Questions

What Broadway musical revival did Lou Diamond Philips refuse to shave the top of his head for, in 1996?
A: The King and I.

Who appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine before selling over 11 million copies of her debut album?
A: Whitney Houston.

Who'd never been farther east than Montana when he wrote Proud Mary?
A: John Fogarty.

What Kiss star sported the longest tongue in rock?
A: Gene Simmons.

What 1976 chart-topping song did Barry Manilow sing, but not write?
A: I Write the Songs.

Who was the top-selling album artist of the 1970s, according to Billboard?
A: Elton John.

 

What Rodgers and Hammerstein show is the most often-performed musical in U.S. high schools?
A: Oklahoma!

What trumpeter became the oldest person ever to score a chart-topping single, in 1964?
A: Louis Armstrong.

What genre did Ice Cube define as "the network newscast black people never had"?
A: Rap.

What 1865 Wagner opera opens on a ship?
A: Tristan and Isolde.

What R&B vocal quartet titled its third album II in 1994?
A: Boyz II Men.

Who are the Three Tenors?
A: Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti.

 

How many birthday candles were Cher, Dolly Parton and Sylivester Stallone each obliged to blow out in 1996?
A: Fifty.

What bankrupt Las Vegas crooner spent $75,000 to refurbish his pet penguins' pond?
A: Wayne Newton.

What hard-drinking country legend explains his bumpy life in the book I Lived to Tell It All?
A: George Jones.

Whose pop parody career includes the hits Addicted to Spuds, My Bologna and Eat It?
A: "Wierd Al" Yankovic's.

What bandleader became the first jazz musician to get an honorary degree from Columbia University, in 1973?
A: Duke Ellington.

What tenor received a record 165 curtain calls at a Berlin opera house in 1988?
A: Luciano Pavarotti.

 

What female singer scored 14 million-selling singles between 1967 and 1973?
A: Aretha Franklin.

Who was the first female artist to debut on the Billboard album chart at Number One?
A: Whitney Houston.

What was the nickname of jazzman John Birks Gillespie?
A: Dizzy.

Which of the inmates who heard Johnny Cash's 1958 San Quentin concert became the biggest country music star?
A: Merle Haggard.

What mother and child spent years in Nashville shopping demos they'd recorded on a $30 cassette recorder?
A: The Judds.

Whose guitar version of The Star-Spangled Banner was featured in a 1996 Aiwa TV ad?
A: Jimi Hendrix's.

 

What 15-year-old rock icon-to-be was grounded for the whole summer after sneaking out to her first concert, to see David Bowie?
A: Madonna.

Who's waxed more gold and platinum albums than any other solo female artist?
A: Barbra Streisand.

What Jackson actually had a million-selling LP called Let's Get Serious?
A: Jermaine Jackson.

What Sinatra signature tune became Elvis Presley's best-selling posthumous hit?
A: My Way.

What song-writing duo's hits made it to Broadway in the show Smokey Joe's Cafe?
A: Leiber and Stoller's.

Who's "Monk" to jazz buffs?
A: Thelonious Monk.

 

How many Grammy Awards did Lawrence Welk garner during his 50-year career?
A: Zero.

What studio did the Beatles use to record 191 songs?
A: Abbey Road.

What jazz musician got his nickname by shortening "Satchel Mouth"?
A: Louis Armstrong.

What two Frank Sinatra hits were tops for U.S. karaoke singers in 1993?
A: New York, New York and My Way.

What rocker Darius Rucker's stage name?
A: Hootie.

What British group got its name from the title of a 1950 Muddy Waters song?
A: The Rolling Stones.