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Music by Year, 1930–1949

One fact per year about the music industry. Can you guess them all?
Quiz by MusicPunk
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Last updated: November 13, 2019
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1949
Famous jazz club, named after Charlie Parker, which opened in NYC
Birdland
1948
Italian maestro who conducted the first TV production of Beethoven's 9th
Arturo Toscanini
1947
Now-censored Disney movie which introduced the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
Song of the South
1946
Blue-eyed crooner who recorded his first #1 hit: "Give Me Five Minutes More"
Frank Sinatra
1945
Trumpeter who dropped out of Julliard to join Charlie Parker's quartet
Miles Davis
1944
Bandleader who disappeared over the English Channel while traveling to
entertain U.S. troops in France
Glenn Miller
1943
Musical, named after a U.S. state, which was the first collaboration
between Rodgers and Hammerstein
Oklahoma!
1942
Christmas favorite recorded by Bing Crosby, estimated by some to be the
best-selling single of all time
White Christmas
1941
Jazz-loving youths who the Nazi regime cracked down on,
later memorialized in a 1993 Hollywood movie
Swing Kids
1940
Folk singer who wrote the lyrics to "This Land is Your Land"
Woodie Guthrie
1939
Jazz singer who recorded the anti-lynching protest song "Strange Fruit"
Billie Holiday
1938
Song from "Snow White" which was one of the year's most popular
Whistle While You
Work
1937
What young country singer Hiram Williams changed his name to
Hank Williams
1936
Musical fairy tale composed by Sergei Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf
1935
Hollywood dancer who recorded the chart-topping song "Cheek to Cheek"
Fred Astaire
1934
Composer whose musical "Anything Goes" debuted on Broadway
Cole Porter
1933
Song by Ethel Waters which was the best-selling recording of the year
Stormy Weather
1932
Bandleader who recorded "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Duke Ellington
1931
Singer who released his signature song "Minnie the Moocher", also known as
"Hi De Hi De Hi De Ho".
Cab Calloway
1930
Songwriting brothers who composed "I Got Rhythm"
George & Ira
Gershwin
5 Comments
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Level 88
Jan 16, 2020
Fun quiz! I got 18 out of 20, way better than I expected to do.
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2020
I only got 14 but if I were to write about the events of the 1930s today and then put them in a book and found a new religion based on them, 2000 years from now the faithful would call my recounting a contemporaneous eye-witness account.

This is my way of saying that this was slightly before my time.

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Level 67
Jan 17, 2020
Got them all except Cole Porter (which I really should have gotten) and Toscanini (whose name I recognize but would never have summoned on my own). I was really into the development of early 20th-century music for a few years. I have to dust off some of my old books.
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Level 71
Mar 14, 2020
I am quite good at remembering songs, but very bad at remembering names (and titles), for any decade.

Surprised at how low Astaire is, you/I would think Astaire and Sinatra would be the ones people know even if they dont know anything else about that era.

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Level 71
Mar 14, 2020
I guess it might even out later, the quiz has only been taken s 100 times. Btw is musicpunk=quizmaster? (Got here through a link in the comments, music by year 1990-2009)