Music by Year, 1950–1969

One fact per year about the music industry. Can you guess them all?
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Last updated: November 13, 2019
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First submittedAugust 19, 2013
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Musical festival at which Jimi Hendrix played a psychedelic version of the
American national anthem
Singer who performed at Folsom State Prison
Johnny Cash
Singer who recorded "Sitting On the Dock of the Bay" just days before
dying in a plane crash
Otis Redding
Band whose song "Good Vibrations" went to #1 on the pop charts
The Beach Boys
Icon who dismayed fans by playing electric music at the Newport Folk Festival
Bob Dylan
Band which caused "mania" when they visited the United States
The Beatles
Folk trio who released "Puff (The Magic Dragon)"
Peter, Paul and Mary
Halloween song which became a "Graveyard Smash"
Monster Mash
Blind, eleven year old prodigy who was signed by Motown Records
Stevie Wonder
Dance moved which Chubby Checker invited people to do
The Twist
Singer who was killed in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens
and the Big Bopper
Buddy Holly
Rock and roller who recorded "Johnny B. Goode"
Chuck Berry
Mansion purchased by Elvis
European song contest which was held for the first time
Singer who wrote his first song with Art Garfunkel
Paul Simon
Person who the Chordettes implored to "bring them a dream"
Mr. Sandman
Flamboyant piano player who debuted at Carnegie Hall
City which hosted the "Moondog Coronation Ball" – considered by many to be
the world's first rock & roll concert
Singer who recorded his signature tune, "Unforgettable"
Nat King Cole
New Orleans piano player who had his first hit song, "The Fat Man"
Fats Domino
Level 78
Dec 1, 2013
huh...i guess Cleveland really DOES rock.
Level 58
Mar 9, 2017
Totally guessed on Cleveland, only because the R&R Hall of Fame is there.
Level 67
Nov 4, 2017
The rock and roll hall of fame is there because that's where rock and roll started. Its spread is credited to a Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed. His nickname was Moondog, hence "the Moondog Coronation Ball."
Level 43
Nov 4, 2017
Well, rock and roll didn't start in Cleveland, that's just where Freed worked.
Level 82
Dec 26, 2013
dang it. I figured the first rock concert was somewhere around Ohio, possibly Pennsylvania or New York, but I guessed just about every other city in Ohio and somehow forgot Cleveland...
Level 72
Nov 14, 2017
Some additional background info:

The original Moondog Coronation Ball was a concert organized by DJ Alan Freed in Cleveland in 1952 as a special event for his radio show. The concert was revived in 1992 by another Cleveland radio station and is now an annual event featuring old rock and roll groups. So - I live in NE Ohio but had no idea where the name "Moondog" came from until I read the comments on this quiz today. ;)

Level 78
May 2, 2024
kaliban - even now, I feel your frustration. Another fascinating insight, for which I thank you.
Level 75
Oct 25, 2017
Fats died today. He had a good run and gave us all a thrill.
Level 75
Nov 4, 2017
On Blueberry Hill. Yes, indeed.
Level 66
Nov 4, 2017
Kept typing "Beatles" without the word "The" and missed 100% by 1 answer.
Level 81
Nov 6, 2017
I think you spelled it wrong, because the quiz accepts the answer without "the."
Level 89
Aug 15, 2018
VW should also be accepted. It was indeed a great year for playing Punch Buggy.
Level 46
May 1, 2018
Alan freed --took the fall for the payola scandal. Had the pleasure of growing up in New York City listening to him on 1010 WINS-AM radio in the 1950's. That is where I learned most of my Doo-Wop songs. He also had a TV dance show called The Big Beat. I do not think there are any copies of this show in existence. What a shame. He was a great DJ.
Level 89
Aug 15, 2018
I know I've heard of Eurovision and seenbaome videos, usually as laughable Whiskey Tango Foxtrot clips on the internet, but I still googled it. This is why Jetpunkers are always told to google something if they don't know: the first result is Top 10 Eurovision entries from Cyprus.
Level 73
May 16, 2020
Got all but the European song contest. I knew it was Euro-something. I tried Europop and words like that.
Level 68
Jan 19, 2023
So they played the first rock n roll concert 6 years after rock n roll had already been invented?
Level 78
May 2, 2024
It's almost as if the music world was clearly divided between the USA and the rest of the world, as represented by Eurovision and nothing else.