Music by Year, 1950-1969

One question per year about the music industry.
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Last updated: November 13, 2019
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 70
Dec 1, 2013
huh...i guess Cleveland really DOES rock.
Level 61
Mar 9, 2017
Totally guessed on Cleveland, only because the R&R Hall of Fame is there.
Level 64
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 48
Nov 4, 2017
Well, rock and roll didn't start in Cleveland, that's just where Freed worked.
Level 79
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 74
Dec 26, 2013
why? there is a reason that cleveland has the rock and roll hall of fame
Level 64
Dec 26, 2013
I think Alan Freedman was based in Cleveland too. A lot of people credit him (though probably apocryphally) with coining the term "rock and roll." Regardless of whether he came up with the term, he was certainly the genre's earliest and most visible champion. As I type this, it occurs to me that I think his nickname was "Moon Dog," so the concert referenced in the clue was probably put on by him.
Level 72
Dec 27, 2013
Alan Freed
Level 79
Dec 31, 2013
Yes, and the reason I was guessing every place in Ohio was that I knew the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was there. I just couldn't remember Cleveland.
Level 71
Nov 4, 2017
Freed did not invent the term "rock and roll"; it had been used for years by blues and R&B singers. And if you're not sure what it meant in that context, then, to quote the great Fats Waller, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it."
Level 56
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 74
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 61
Mar 9, 2017
If you know who Little Stevie Wonder is, then you know the answer.
Level 82
Mar 31, 2017
Yes, please add "old" to the clue.
Level 74
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 69
Oct 25, 2017
Fats died today. He had a good run and gave us all a thrill.
Level 78
Nov 4, 2017
On Blueberry Hill. Yes, indeed.
Level 63
Nov 4, 2017
Kept typing "Beatles" without the word "The" and missed 100% by 1 answer.
Level 75
Nov 6, 2017
I think you spelled it wrong, because the quiz accepts the answer without "the."
Level 81
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 81
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 80
May 15, 2020
At last, a quiz for us silver surfers - sad that people don't remember the Fat Man, great vocal delivery.
Level 78
May 15, 2020
I grew up hearing his 45s when my older brothers had friends over, so even though the '60s was my decade for music, I still have fond memories of 1950s music and even the '30s and '40s songs which my mom used to sing around the house - especially the "wahoo" song about a date in a Ford V8 with a rumble seat for two, and Maple on the Hill which was my dad's song for her because it mentioned her name. Thanks for the memories, QM.
Level 69
May 16, 2020
Got all but the European song contest. I knew it was Euro-something. I tried Europop and words like that.