1970s Music Quiz

Here is my best effort to write an all 1970s music trivia question set. If this doesn’t send you to Spotify after reading, then I haven’t done my job (LOL)! And I’m sure some of you will go to Google images to look for a controversial album cover I’ll be quizzing about (wink-wink)! For the most part, I used the same category headings from previous music-based trivia games I’ve played, with some minor changes (like, for example – substituting “soul singers” for “rappers.” I’ve also slightly changed the mystery round categories. Answers will be in the comments… 

1. Music Crimes – Name both artists/groups recording versions of “I Shot The Sheriff,” which were released respectively in 1973 by the original artist – and a cover version in 1974. 

2. Tributes – The 1974 Elton John single “Candle in the Wind” was written as a tribute to what celebrity who died 12 years earlier? 

3. Grammys – Though performed by singer Barbra Streisand, what composer – who would eventually become an EGOT winner –  won the 1975 Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” for the song “The Way We Were?” 

4. Soul Singers – What artist recorded the 1972 hits “Lean on Me” and “Use Me” on a 1972 album with a title containing his first name? Nerd bonus, what was that album’s full title? 

5. First #1s – What artist had a string of charting hits in the 1960s but had his first #1 hit in 1970 with “Cracklin’ Rosie?”

6. Album Covers – What band recorded a 1971 album with an image of a man wearing a pair of tight jeans which doesn’t leave the location of certain anatomical parts to the imagination? 

7. Spoken Lyrics – What R&B singer released the spoken-word song “King Heroin” in 1972 which chronicles the evils of the drug, among other things? 

8. 1973 – Name the track from the Paul McCartney and the Wings album “Band On The Run” that hit #2 on U.S. charts that was also used as a movie theme song. 

9. Metal – What metal band released albums entitled “Paranoid” and “Master of Reality” in 1970 and 1971 respectively – in addition to their self-titled debut album also released in 1970? 

10. Debut Albums – What female country/pop singer released the debut studio album “Well Kept Secret” in 1978 – which failed to produce any significant charting hits – though she would reach the top 10 in 1981 with the singles “Angel of the Morning” and “Queen of Hearts?” 

Mystery – ’70s Albums – Fill in the Blank

 M1 – 1970 – All (BLANK) Must Pass, George Harrison 

M2 – 1978 – (BLANK) In Town, Bob Seger 

M3 – 1977 – (BLANK) Of The World, Queen 

M4 – 1978 – (BLANK) On The Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

 Final Category – Disco Music

What singer won the first – and last – Grammy Award ever awarded for a disco song at the 1980 Grammy Awards Ceremony? 

1. Compilation Albums – What singer, formerly a member of a band, released the compilation album “Blast From Your Past” in 1975, which included the singles “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen?”

2. On the Charts – What pop band recorded the 1976 #1 single “Afternoon Delight,” which was their only #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit? 

3. Albums – What singer/songwriter released the Grammy-winning album “Tapestry” in 1971? Two singles from that album reached #1, including “It’s Too Late” and “I Feel The Earth Move.”  

4. Alcohol – What type of alcohol is in the title of a 1971 single by Irish band Thin Lizzy – which failed to chart in the U.S., but hit #1 on Irish charts? Bonus, what is the full title of the song?

5. Second Hits – What solo artist’s second single – which reached #4 on U.S. charts in 1971 was titled “Mother and Child Reunion?” Other charting hits from that same album included “Me and Julio Down  by the Schoolyard” and “Duncan.”

6. Award Winning Songs – “The Morning After,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, was used in what 1972 film?

7. Controversial Album Covers – What band’s fourth studio album released in 1974 featured two scantily-clad models – one of whom is covering her breasts with her hands – and the other wearing a see-through bra? This band’s top charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts include “Love is the Drug” and “Dance Away” (#2, 1975 and 1979) and “Jealous Guy” (#1, 1981).

8. Soundtracks – What 1971 dystopian film featured a soundtrack including various instrumental tracks composed by Beethoven and Rossini in addition to tracks composed by Wendy Carlos?

9. Lyrics – In the lyrics to Carly Simon’s 1972 single “You’re So Vain,” which Canadian province does she mention by name?

10. Long Songs – What band released the 1972 album “Thick as a Brick” which is, in actuality, a 43 minute song played continuously over two sides of an LP?

Mystery – R &B Songs

Name the artist/group recording the following 1970s songs which won the Grammy Award for Best R&B song.

M1 – 1972 – “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

M2 – 1978 – “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.”

M3 – 1974 – “Superstition.”

M4 – 1973 – “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

Final Category – Sales In the decade of the ’70s, all of the top-selling albums for each year were recorded by artists from either the United States or the United Kingdom. Name the Canadian artist whose album was the top selling album in 1972, according to Billboard.

I asked more than one question about this guy! Did you get the questions correct?

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  1. 1. Music Crimes – Name both artists/groups recording versions of “I Shot The Sheriff,” which were released respectively in 1973 by the original artist – and a cover version in 1974. BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS ERIC CLAPTON

    2. Tributes – The 1974 Elton John single “Candle in the Wind” was written as a tribute to what celebrity who died 12 years earlier? MARILYN MONROE

    3. Grammys – Though performed by singer Barbra Streisand, what composer – who would eventually become an EGOT winner – won the 1975 Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” for the song “The Way We Were?” MARVIN HAMLISCH

    4. Soul Singers – What artist recorded the 1972 hits “Lean on Me” and “Use Me” on a 1972 album with a title containing his first name? Nerd bonus, what was that album’s full title? BILL WITHERS

    5. First #1s – What artist had a string of charting hits in the 1960s but had his first #1 hit in 1970 with “Cracklin’ Rosie?” NEIL DIAMOND

    6. Album Covers – What band recorded a 1971 album with an image of a man wearing a pair of tight jeans which doesn’t leave the location of certain anatomical parts to the imagination? ROLLING STONES

    7. Spoken Lyrics – What R&B singer released the spoken-word song “King Heroin” in 1972 which chronicles the evils of the drug, among other things? JAMES BROWN

    8. LIVE AND LET DIE

    9. Metal – What metal band released albums entitled “Paranoid” and “Master of Reality” in 1970 and 1971 respectively – in addition to their self-titled debut album also released in 1970? BLACK SABBATH

    10. Debut Albums – What female country/pop singer released the debut studio album “Well Kept Secret” in 1978 – which failed to produce any significant charting hits – though she would reach the top 10 in 1981 with the singles “Angel of the Morning” and “Queen of Hearts?” JUICE NEWTON

    Mystery – ’70s Albums – Fill in the Blank

    M1 – 1970 – All (BLANK) Must Pass, George Harrison THINGS

    M2 – 1978 – (BLANK) In Town, Bob Seger STRANGER

    M3 – 1977 – (BLANK) Of The World, Queen NEWS

    M4 – 1978 – (BLANK) On The Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen DARKNESS

    Final Category – Disco Music

    What singer won the first – and last – Grammy Award ever awarded for a disco song at the 1980 Grammy Awards Ceremony? GLORIA GAYNOR

    1. Compilation Albums – What singer, formerly a member of a band, released the compilation album “Blast From Your Past” in 1975, which included the singles “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen?” RINGO STARR

    2. On the Charts – What pop band recorded the 1976 #1 single “Afternoon Delight,” which was their only #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit? STARLAND VOCAL BAND

    3. Albums – What singer/songwriter released the Grammy-winning album “Tapestry” in 1971? Two singles from that album reached #1, including “It’s Too Late” and “I Feel The Earth Move.” CAROLE KING

    4. Alcohol – What type of alcohol is in the title of a 1971 single by Irish band Thin Lizzy – which failed to chart in the U.S., but hit #1 on Irish charts? Bonus, what is the full title of the song?

    5. Second Hits – What solo artist’s second single – which reached #4 on U.S. charts in 1971 was titled “Mother and Child Reunion?” Other charting hits from that same album included “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “Duncan.” PAUL SIMON

    6. Award Winning Songs – “The Morning After,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, was used in what 1972 film? THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

    7. Controversial Album Covers – What band’s fourth studio album released in 1974 featured two scantily-clad models – one of whom is covering her breasts with her hands – and the other wearing a see-through bra? This band’s top charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts include “Love is the Drug” and “Dance Away” (#2, 1975 and 1979) and “Jealous Guy” (#1, 1981). ROXY MUSIC

    8. Soundtracks – What 1971 dystopian film featured a soundtrack including various instrumental tracks composed by Beethoven and Rossini in addition to tracks composed by Wendy Carlos? A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

    9. Lyrics – In the lyrics to Carly Simon’s 1972 single “You’re So Vain,” which Canadian province does she mention by name? NOVA SCOTIA

    10 Long Songs – What band released the 1972 album “Thick as a Brick” which is, in actuality, a 43 minute song played continuously over two sides of an LP? JETHRO TULL

    Mystery – Best New Artist

    Name the artist/group recording the following 1970s songs which won the Grammy Award for Best R&B song.

    M1 – 1972 – “Ain’t No Sunshine.” BILL WITHERS

    M2 – 1978 – “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.” LEO SAYER

    M3 – 1974 – “Superstition.” STEVIE WONDER

    M4 – 1973 – “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” THE TEMPTATIONS

    Final Category – Sales

    In the decade of the ’70s, all of the top-selling albums for each year were recorded by artists from either the United States or the United Kingdom. Name the Canadian artist whose album was the top selling album in 1972, according to Billboard. NEIL YOUNG

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