music trivia: a cappella music-multiple choice

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1. Whose a cappella recording, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" won Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 1989 Grammys.
Bobby McFerrin
Stevie Wonder
Ben Folds
Todd Rundgren
2. What style of a cappella singing was used in the Catholic church during the 9th & 10th centuries? The Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos had an album of such music in the pop charts?
Folk ballads
Gregorian chants
3. What African cappella singing group was popularized in the US after collaborating with Paul Simon on the song; "Homeless" and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"?
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Soweto Gospel Choir
Afrika '70
High Life
4. What singer/songwriter released his album "A Cappella" in 1985? With its lack of instruments, it contrasted with earlier albums, such as; Something/Anything or Runt.
Elvis Costello
Lindsey Buckingham
Todd Rundgren
Paul Simon
5. S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. is an abbreviation for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of what kind of a cappella singing in America?
Basses & Sopranos Quartet
Barter Shop Quartet
Bass Solo Quodlibet
Barber Shop Quartet
6. What singing group started in 1962 Brooklyn, NY, singing five-part harmonies on street-corners and subway corridors, and made their first album "Acappella" in 1970?
The Persuasions
The Manhattan Transfer
The Delfonics
The Penguins
7. What 2012 movie about collegiate a cappella singing, starred Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks (among others), and inspired 2 sequels
Pitch Perfect
The Sapphires
Blue Like Jazz
Sing Street
8. What mixed (male and female) quintet emerged from the "Sing-Off" TV show, and is well known for pop covers and Christmas albums?
The Treblemakers
The 5th Dimension
Straight No Chaser
9. What 8-time Grammy winners in jazz and gospel music are famous for their 6-part a cappella harmonies?
6 Ways 2 Sunday
Take 6
6th Sense
10. What style of polyphonic a cappella music was the most important secular form of music in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
11. All but one of these groups traditionally worship sans instrumental accompaniment. Which of these is the only one that doesn't prefer a cappella music?
Old Order Mennonites
Tibetan Buddhism
The Plymouth Brethren
The Eastern Orthodox Church (Byzantine Rite)
12. All of these hip hop elements can be a part of an a cappella song except which one of these?
13. Which of these classical choral compositions are performed a cappella?
Messiah by Georg Friedrich Handel
Missa Papae Marcelli by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
The St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass by Leonard Bernstein
14. What is the original Italian translation of the term "a cappella"
without a leader
from the top
very softly or quietly
In the manner of the chapel
15. What a cappella men's choir, that formed at Indiana University, has the same name as a Thelonious Monk song?
Brilliant Corners
Straight, No Chaser
'Round Midnight
Level 46
May 14, 2019
THe best a cappella group of all time are THE NUTMEGS. Did you ever hear of them? Check them out sometime. They started in Connecticut in 50's. Awesome!
Level 62
May 15, 2019
You mentioned them once before, and I checked them out. I'm glad you enjoy them, but they aren't my cup of tea. I did almost use them in the quiz, though, and I do appreciate you mentioning them. I own about 7,000 recordings, but I'm always looking for my next fix.
Level 46
May 16, 2019
You are probably younger than I am. Thanks for responding.