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Rock bands that are just starting to emerge as you read this were inspired by some of these legendary bands. How much do you know about the musicians and groups who created those legendary songs? Are you familiar with classic rock? Here is a fun test to see how well you know the history of the classic rock music genre.

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What was the name of Ronnie Wood’s band, which was praised for their albums Truth and Beck-Ola?

Jeff Beck Group

The Allman Brothers Band

Pink Floyd

The Yardbirds

Jeff Beck Group
The Jeff Beck Group was a British rock band founded in London in January 1967 by Jeff Beck, a former Yardbirds guitarist. Their avant-garde approach to blues and rock influenced mainstream music significantly.

What is the name of the Pink Floyd member who was sacked from the band amid charges of mental instability and heavy psychedelic drug abuse?

Mick Jagger

Syd Barret

Walter Wright

Roger Waters

Syd Barret
Syd Barret was Pink Floyd’s initial vocalist and principal songwriter. He became noted for his eccentric approach to psychedelia, English-accented vocals, literary inspirations, and a stream-of-consciousness writing style.

The nine-part Pink Floyd song “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” was released as the first single from Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. Who was the song written for?

David Gilmour

Richard Wright

Syd Barret

Roger Waters

Syd Barret
The song was conceived and recorded as a tribute to their former bandmate and Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barret. Barret was fired from the band in 1969 due to drug usage and poor mental health, which hampered his ability to play and grow as a musician.

Which Rolling Stones member was considered the band’s de facto leader throughout their early years?

Brian Jones

Keith Richards

Mick Jagger

Ian Stewart

Brian Jones
Brian Jones was the band’s frontman for most of its early years. Before the spotlight shifted to the more charismatic Mick and Keith, he founded the band, gave it a name, and guided the band’s sound and look.

In 1990, what unexpected new song was included in the Led Zeppelin 4-CD boxed set?

“Black Mountain Side”

“Travelling Riverside Blues”

“Bring it Home”

“Four Sticks”

“Travelling Riverside Blues”
Led Zeppelin were never known for putting out obscure material. That’s why many Led Zeppelin fans were taken aback when the box set was published in 1990, just ten years after the band’s dissolution. Fans were surprised and delighted by the inclusion of “Travelling Riverside Blues,” a previously unheard tune.

Despite Pink Floyd – The Wall’s difficult creation and the displeasure of its creators, the film received generally positive reviews and established a cult following. Which member of the band authored the script?

Roger Waters

Dave Grohl

Syd Barret

David Gilmore

Roger Waters
Roger Waters, who felt distanced from stardom and the band’s followers, wrote the script for Pink Floyd – The Wall. Pink Floyd addressed the harsh reality of “being where we are” in the video, a concept influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre’s views of alienation.

What legendary line was prominently included in The Doors song “L.A. Woman,” which became a symbol of Jim Morrison himself?

Erotic Politican

Mr. Mojo Risin’

The Lizard King

Dionysus

Mr. Mojo Risin’
Mr. Mojo Risin was quickly recognized to be an anagram of Jim Morrison’s name. Morrison believed, or at least stated, that he might be reincarnated and return as Mr. Mojo Risin, which explains why the term appears several times in “L.A. Woman.”

Which member of the band composed the majority of Led Zeppelin’s lyrics, heavily influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories?

John Bonham

Robert Plant

John Paul Jones

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page
The majority of Led Zeppelin’s music was composed by Jimmy Page, particularly early in the band’s existence, while the majority of the lyrics were written by Robert Plant. Jones’ keyboard-based works became a major element of their more experimental sound later on.

Which of these Led Zeppelin songs contains lyrics about J. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien?

“When the Levee Breaks”

“Ramble On”

“Misty Mountain Hop”

“Four Sticks”

“Misty Mountain Hop”
The song’s title is commonly understood as a reference to The Hobbit’s Misty Mountains, while the lyrics also relate to the 1968 “Legalize Pot Rally” in London’s Hyde Park, during which police detained individuals for marijuana possession.

1961

1962

1963

1964

1962
The Rolling Stones formed their first permanent lineup in London in 1962, with Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman.

Who is the only member of Pink Floyd who has been on every album since the band’s inception?

Snowy White

Nick Mason

Bob Ezrin

David Gilmour

Nick Mason
Nick Mason is a founding member of Pink Floyd and the band’s sole continuous member since its inception. Mason worked on Pink Floyd tunes such as “Echoes,” “Time,” and “Be Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” and created the band Saucerful of Secrets in 2018 to perform early Pink Floyd songs.

“Alabama Song”

“When The Music’s Over”

“Celebration of the Lizard”

“The Crystal Ship”

“Celebration of the Lizard”
“Celebration of the Lizard” is a Jim Morrison performance piece created in the style of a series of poems and integrating musical and spoken lyrics. The composition was played at several Doors performances and appeared on the band’s 1970 live album Absolutely Live.

Name the supergroup founded in 2009 by former Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboards John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl.

Them Crooked Vultures

Black Sabbath

Velvet Revolver

Hollywood Vampires

Them Crooked Vultures
Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, and Dave Grohl founded Them Crooked Vultures in 2009. The same year, the band’s self-titled album was released, and its lead hit got the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

What alias did the Rolling Stones use when they collaborated on a song?

Melvin Giganticus And The Turd Burglars

Nanker Phelge

Anonymous

Marvin Gaye

Nanker Phelge
Between 1963 and 1965, Nanker Pheldge was credited as a co-writer on several Rolling Stones songs. So everything credited to Nanker Phelge is a collaborative effort by Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Andrew Oldham.

What filmmaking crew directed Gimme Shelter, the Rolling Stones documentary about the last weeks of their 1969 US tour?

The Duplass Brothers

Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky

Albert and David Maysles

Albert and David Maysles
Albert and David Maysles, along with Charlotte Zwerin, directed the documentary film Gimme Shelter. It follows the last weeks of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert.

How many Grammy Awards has Led Zeppelin received in addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award?

1

2

3

6

1
Celebration Day is a Led Zeppelin concert video and live album shot during the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at London’s O2 Arena. The album was awarded Best Rock Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, giving it the band’s first and only Grammy.

What well-known jazz musician appeared on The Doors’ song “Touch Me?”

Charles Mingus

Curtis Amy

Billie Holiday

Carmell Jones

Curtis Amy
“Touch Me,” from The Doors’ album The Soft Parade, was written by guitarist Robby Krieger and incorporates heavy usage of brass and string instruments, as well as a solo by featured saxophonist Curtis Amy

During the 1970s, under what moniker did Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin producing the Stones’ albums?

The Bleeders

The Glimmer Twins

Sparkle and Shine

Ramblers

The Glimmer Twins
Beginning with It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jagger and Richards began producing the Stones’ albums under the moniker “The Glimmer Twins,” and were the band’s only acknowledged producers on studio and live recordings until – and including – Still Life.

What Led Zeppelin song begin with:, “We come from the land of the cold and snow?”

“Kashmir”

“The Rain Song”

“Immigrant Song”

“Going to California”

“Immigrant Song”
“Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin has lyrical references to Norse mythology and was initially released as a single and included on the album Led Zeppelin III in 1970. Although Led Zeppelin is known for their albums, “Immigrant Song” is one of the band’s numerous chart-topping singles.

What Rolling Stones album was influenced by dance music, particularly disco?

Black and Blue

Some Girls

Beggars Benquet

Aftermath

Some Girls
Some Girls is the fourteenth studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1978. The Rolling Stones’ popularity had declined by 1976, as disco and other rock artists dominated the music business. Furthermore, punk rock was a growing cultural force in the United Kingdom. Some Girls’ major creative power is usually regarded as Mick Jagger.

After Led Zeppelin disbanded, Robert Plant formed what supergroup with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck?

The Honeydrippers

Matchbox Twenty

Jimmy Page Band

Temple of the Dog

The Honeydrippers
The Honeydrippers were a 1980s rock and roll band named after Roosevelt Sykes, an American blues musician who also went by the moniker “Honeydripper.” Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant founded the band in 1981 to fulfill a long-held dream of forming a rock band with a strong rhythm and blues foundation.

The Dark Side of the Moon has gained significant critical acclaim, and it frequently appears on professional lists of the finest albums of all time. Who is the audio engineer for the album?

Andy Johns

Alan Parsons

Steve Albini

Bill Stevens

Alan Parsons
Before forming the chart-topping Alan Parsons Project, this highly renowned musician/songwriter/producer/engineer was crucial in the development of some of rock’s most iconic albums, including Abbey Road and The Dark Side of the Moon.

Swan Song Records, the band’s new record company, issued which Led Zeppelin album in 1975?

Physical Graffiti

In Through the Out Door

Presence

Coda

Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin were never known for putting out obscure material. That’s why many Led Zeppelin fans were taken aback when the box set was published in 1990, just ten years after the band’s dissolution. Fans were surprised and delighted by the inclusion of “Travelling Riverside Blues,” a previously unheard tune.

John Bonham is widely regarded as one of the best rock drummers of all time due to his speed, power, distinct sound, and sense of groove. How did he pass away?

Car accident

Excessive alcohol use

Drug overdose

Drowned in the river

Excessive alcohol use
Bonham consumed around 40 shots of 40% alcohol vodka in 24 hours, following which he vomited and suffocated in his sleep. Because no recreational drugs were discovered in his autopsy, the cause of death was declared to be accidental.

Which of the following was The Doors’ final single before Jim Morrison’s death?

“Riders on the Storm”

“End of the Night”

“When the Music’s Over”

“Touch Me”

“Riders on the Storm”
“Riders on the Storm” was recorded at the Doors Workshop in December 1970 with the assistance of Bruce Botnick. Morrison started by recording his primary voice and then whispering the lines over it to produce an echo effect. It was the penultimate song recorded by all four Doors members, as well as Morrison’s final song published during his lifetime.

Pink Floyd’s The Wall is a 1982 musical film based on the same-named album by Pink Floyd. What renowned musician plays Pink, a rockstar driven nuts by his father’s death?

John Farnham

Roger Daltrey

John Waite

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof
Pink is portrayed by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats as a rock star who constructs a physical and emotional wall to protect himself. The video, like the music, is strongly metaphorical, making frequent use of symbolic imagery and sound. The film is most known for depicting mental solitude, drug misuse, war, brutality, and gore.

Between 1970 and 1983, what guitar did David Gilmour play for the bulk of Pink Floyd gigs and on all of the band’s albums?

Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Flying V

Fender Stratocaster

Fender Telecaster

Fender Stratocaster
The Black Strat, a Fender Stratocaster, was used by David Gilmour for the bulk of Pink Floyd performances. Gilmour auctioned it at a charity event after using it for over 50 years, and it went for $3.9 million, making it one of the most expensive guitars ever sold at auction.

Since his death, Jim Morrison has remained renowned as one of pop culture’s most iconoclastic figures, frequently embodying the counterculture movement. When did he pass away?

1977

1986

1971

1990

1971
Morrison, 27, was discovered dead in the bathtub of his Paris flat on July 3, 1971. The declared cause of death was heart failure, although many admirers believe he died from an accidental heroin overdose.

Roger Waters took over as Pink Floyd’s creative leader when Syd Barret left in 1968. When did Roger Waters depart from Pink Floyd?

1985

1990

1963

1991

1985
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters quit the band in 1985 owing to creative differences, initiating a legal struggle over the band’s name and content. They achieved an amicable settlement in 1987, which sparked several debates.

Name The Doors’ most recent album on which Jim Morrison recites spoken-word poetry.

Strange Days

An American Prayer

Morrison Hotel

Other Voices

An American Prayer
The Doors’ eighth and last studio album is An American Prayer. Following Jim Morrison’s death and the band’s disbandment, the remaining members of The Doors reformed to set some of Morrison’s spoken word recordings to music.

Since drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin’s three remaining members have only performed publicly on stage a few times. When was the last time you did this?

2005

2012

2007

1995

2007
The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Event was a charity event staged on December 10, 2007 at London’s O2 Arena in memory of music producer Ahmet Ertegun. After the death of John Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin gave their first full-length performance in in three decades. Jason, John’s son, joined the band and played the drums.

The UFO Club

London Fog

Gazarri’s

Playboy Club

The UFO Club
The UFO Club was a short iteration of London’s counter-culture movement in the 1960s. The club was created by Joe Boyd and John Hopkins and included light shows, poetry readings, well-known music acts such as Jimi Hendrix, avant-garde art by Yoko Ono, and Pink Floyd.

Ray Manzarek, the Doors’ keyboardist, played the final version of which of these songs on a harpsichord?

“Hello, I Love You”

“Love Me Two Times”

“Light My Fire”

“Love Street”

“Love Me Two Times”
Ray Manzarek, the Doors’ keyboardist, played the final version of “Love Me Two Times” on a harpsichord, not a clavichord, contrary to popular belief. The instrument was described by Manzarek as “a very lovely instrument that is not normally associated with rock and roll.”

The term “Pink Floyd” is derived from the surnames of two blues musicians. Who are they?

Pink Brown and Floyd George

Pink Council and Floyd Anderson

Pink Davis and Floyd Mayweather

Pink Anderson and Floyd Council

Pink Anderson and Floyd Council
Barret came up with the moniker “Pink Floyd Sound” on the spur of the moment after learning that another band called The Tea Set was set to play at one of their gigs in late 1965. Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, two blues musicians, inspired the moniker.

The Doors were constantly at the forefront of the conflict between art and commercialism. Aside from Jim Morrison, who other Doors member was anti-commercialization?

Ray Manzarek

Robby Krieger

John Densmore

Morrison was the only one

John Densmore
John Densmore is well-known for his staunch opposition to licensing The Doors’ music, particularly following Jim Morrison’s death. He was especially upset that Manzarek and Krieger were traveling as “The Doors of the Twenty-First Century.”

Name David Gilmour’s fourth solo studio album that is both personal and introspective.

David Gilmour

Rattle that Lock

The Division Bell

The Wall

Rattle that Lock
Rattle that Lock was released in 2015 by David Gilmour. It’s the artist’s first solo album since Pink Floyd’s goodbye album, The Endless River. As so, it follows the road blazed by the band decades before.

Jimmy Page is widely considered as one of the world’s most talented and influential guitarists. What band did he play in before forming Led Zeppelin?

The Strange Things

Derek and the Dominos

The Twitters

The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds
Jimmy Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and, together with Big Jim Sullivan, was one of the most in-demand guitarists in the country. He was a member of the Yardbirds from 1966 until 1968. He created Led Zeppelin when the Yardbirds dissolved.

What American artist designed the original cover artwork for the Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers?

Edward Hopper

Valerie Solanas

Keith Harrington

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
Sticky Fingers’ original cover image was designed by Andy Warhol and executed by The Factory, a part of his art collective. The piece of art portrayed a man wearing tight pants and a working zipper that unzipped to reveal cloth from underpants.

Name the Rolling Stones’ first number-one song, which helped establish them as leaders of the music business in the summer of 1965.

“Start Me Up”

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

“Honky Tonk Women”

“Paint it, Black”

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
The Stones’ first U.S. chart-topping song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” was released in June 1965. However, the song was initially played on private radio stations in the UK since it was thought that its lyrics were too graphic in terms of sexual content.

Pink Floyd’s debut album, Atom Heart Mother, debuted at number one in the UK. Where was the recording made?

Abbey Road Studios

Electric Lady Studios

Shangri-La

Motown Studios

Abbey Road Studios
The Gramophone Company, a precursor of the British record label EMI, established the Abbey Road recording facility in Westminster in November 1931. The Beatles were the studio’s most well-known clients, using it to test out a number of ground-breaking recording techniques in the 1960s.

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