So you say you’re a music lover, and you just love that old time rock ‘n’ roll, so you probably know a lot about the unforgettable groups and singers of the 1960s and the music they made. Well, here’s a quiz that will test your knowledge to the limits, that is if you’re brave enough to accept the challenge. If on the other hand you don’t know much about that legendary decade, this is an excellent chance to learn what all the fuss is about, the personalities and trends that shaped that influential era that still inspires bands, singers, and songwriters today.
The years of the 1960s saw changes in music that were felt around the world, but especially in America and Europe. Musical genres had been slowly evolving throughout the 20th century, and in the 1950s began to coalesce into the distinctive styles of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and progressive jazz. The roots of all three came from many different cultures and traditions, including Latin American, African, and Caribbean, Gospel, Appalachian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European influences, and many others.
But the 60s saw it all morph into something distinctly unique. It was the decade of the British Invasion, and several groups with humble origins in the UK suddenly became overnight sensations. Folk music and surf rock started hitting the pinnacle of the Top 40 charts, as did Rhythm & Blues and Soul music.Country & Western experienced a Golden Age and created its own hierarchy of legends.
The invention of the portable transistor radio and the ubiquity of television ownership helped to drive the popularity of the musical phenoms of the 1960s, making the decade unique in musical history.
So go ahead and take the quiz. You’ll have fun, especially if you take it with a friend, and you’re guaranteed to learn some new things.