Music by Year, 1950-1969

One question per year about the music industry.
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Last updated: November 13, 2019
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First submittedAugust 19, 2013
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Jimi Hendrix plays a psychedelic version of the National Anthem
at this musical festival.
This singer performs at Folsom State Prison.
Johnny Cash
This singer records "Sitting On the Dock of the Bay", but dies in
a plane crash just a few days later.
Otis Redding
"Good Vibrations", by this band, goes to #1 on the pop charts.
The Beach Boys
This icon dismays fans by playing electric music at the Newport Folk Festival.
Bob Dylan
"Mania" ensues as this band visits the U.S..
The Beatles
This folk trio releases "Puff (The Magic Dragon)".
Peter, Paul
and Mary
This novelty song becomes a "Graveyard Smash".
Monster Mash
This eleven year old piano-playing prodigy is signed by Motown Records.
Stevie Wonder
Chubby Checker invites you to do this dance move.
The Twist
This singer is killed in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens
and the Big Bopper.
Buddy Holly
This rock and roller records "Johnny B. Goode".
Chuck Berry
Elvis buys this house.
This European song contest occurs for the first time.
Art Garfunkel writes his first song with this other singer.
Paul Simon
The Chordettes implore this man to "bring them a dream".
Mr. Sandman
This flamboyant piano player debuts at Carnegie Hall.
This city's "Moondog Coronation Ball" is considered by many to be
the world's first rock & roll concert.
This singer records his signature tune, "Unforgettable".
Nat King Cole
This New Orleans piano player has his first hit song with "The Fat Man".
Fats Domino
Level 77
Dec 1, 2013
huh...i guess Cleveland really DOES rock.
Level 59
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 44
Nov 4, 2017
Well, rock and roll didn't start in Cleveland, that's just where Freed worked.
Level 84
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 69
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 76
Jun 8, 2016
Is 1961 supposed to say eleven year old?

Might seem pedantic but I wasn't sure whether we were looking for someone who was 11 years old, had been playing for 11 years or if eleven year was the name of a type of piano, etc

Level 59
Mar 9, 2017
If you know who Little Stevie Wonder is, then you know the answer.
Level 86
Mar 31, 2017
Yes, please add "old" to the clue.
Level 76
May 15, 2020
Mmm, looking at this again I think it's fine - it couldn't really mean anything other than 11 year old
Level 74
Oct 25, 2017
Fats died today. He had a good run and gave us all a thrill.
Level 76
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 79
Nov 6, 2017
I think you spelled it wrong, because the quiz accepts the answer without "the."
Level 87
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 87
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 71
May 16, 2020
Got all but the European song contest. I knew it was Euro-something. I tried Europop and words like that.
Level 60
Jan 19, 2023
So they played the first rock n roll concert 6 years after rock n roll had already been invented?