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Vera Lynn - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart is a cover version of German composer Eberhard Storch's 'Auf wiedersehen, auf wiedersehen'.Recorded in 1952, "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" was a US Number 1 hit for which singer?

a. Vera Lynn
b. Rosemary Clooney
c. Patti Page
d. Kay Starr


The Andrews Sisters - Tommy Dorsey originally released the song in 1938."I Can Dream, Can't I" was at Number 1 hit for 4 weeks in 1950. Name the artist.

a. The Michaels Sisters
b. The Davids Sisters
c. The Daniels Sisters
d. The Andrews Sisters


The Clovers - The Clovers formed in 1946 and are probably best known for their 1959 hit 'Love Potion No. 9'.Carlos Wilson and Edward Bowers were members of which American doo-wop vocal group?

a. The Dominoes
b. The Platters
c. The Cadillacs
d. The Clovers


Guitar - Chuck spent three years in prison for transporting a 14-year-old girl across US state lines.One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Chuck Berry is most known for playing which instrument?

a. Drums
b. Trumpet
c. Piano
d. Guitar


Patti Page - Patti's signature song was 'Tennessee Waltz'.Mercury Record's first successful female artist, Clara Ann Fowler is the real name of which of these 1950s stars?

a. June Valli
b. Peggy Lee
c. Patti Page
d. Doris Day


Susie - Wake Up Little Susie was released on September 2, 1957.Complete the title of this major 1950s hit for the Every Brothers - "Wake Up Little…"?

a. Mary
b. Susie
c. Annie
d. Daisy


The Weavers - Originally recorded by Lead Belly in 1938, Gordon Jenkins and the Weaver's version was released in 1950."Good Night Irene" was a 1950 Number 1 hit for Gordon Jenkins and….?

a. The Dolls
b. The Spinners
c. The Weavers
d. The Jets


33 - Released in 1956, Sam's first single was 'Lovable'.How old was Sam Cooke when he was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin in Los Angeles, California?

a. 55
b. 22
c. 33
d. 44


Kay Starr - Billie Holiday said Starr was 'the only white woman who could sing the blues.'Best known for her two number one hits, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz," Katherine Laverne Starks was the real name of which 1950s singer?

a. Peggy Lee
b. Patti Page
c. Kay Starr
d. Rosemary Clooney


The Platters - The Platters had 4 number one Billboard hits."Only You (And You Alone)" was the debut hit for which American vocal group?

a. The Cadillacs
b. The Clovers
c. The Dominoes
d. The Platters


Roy Orbison - Roy Orbison died at the age of 52 on December 6, 1988.Known for his trademark dark sunglasses, "The Big O" was the nickname given to which star?

a. Bobby Darin
b. Huey Smith
c. Roy Orbison
d. Ritchie Valens


Heart - Cold, Cold Heart was written by Hank WilliamsTony Bennett had a 1951 Number 1 hit with the song "Cold, Cold…."?

a. Night
b. Heart
c. You
d. Day


A Big Hunk o' Love - A Big Hunk o' Love was released on June 23, 1959.What was Elvis Presley's last Number 1 hit song of the 1950s?

a. Wooden Heart
b. It's Now or Never
c. A Big Hunk o' Love
d. Stuck on You


1954 - Rock Around the Clock was a number one single on both the US and UK charts.What year saw Bill Haley storm the charts with "Rock Around the Clock"?

a. 1958
b. 1954
c. 1956
d. 1952


Ricky Nelson - Rick Nelson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.Which of the following artists starred in the 1950s TV show, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"?

a. Ricky Nelson
b. Bobby Darin
c. Johnny Otis
d. Hank Ballad


Gene Autry - His hit was 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'.Which of these acts was first to have a Number 1 on the US Billboard Chart in the 1950s?

a. Gene Autry
b. Patti Page
c. Nat King Cole
d. Red Foley


The Dominoes - The Dominoes had a number one US hit with 'Sixty-Minute Man' in 1951.Which popular doo-wop group had hits in the 1950s with "Star Dust" and "Have Mercy Baby"?

a. The Clovers
b. The Cadillacs
c. The Platters
d. The Dominoes


Jackie Wilson - Wilson recorded over 50 hit singles during his musical career.Ranked number 69 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, who was often billed as "Mr. Excitement"?

a. Jackie Wilson
b. Little Willie John
c. Frankie Lymon
d. Chuck Willis




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