Oldies Music Trivia Quiz Match Game
Match the names of the artists on the left with the names of the songs on the right.
Bonus Question 1
Who is a former lead singer of both The Crystals and Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans?
Bonus Question 2
Little Richard's last name is:
Here are the answers:
1-o, 2-z, 3-h, 4-aa, 5-i, 6-x, 7-l, 8-q, 9-u, 10-c, 11-s, 12-k, 13-n, 14-b, 15-t, 16-e,
17-r, 18-bb, 19-g, 20-d, 21-a, 22-m, 23-w, 24-p, 25-v, 26-f, 27-j, 28-y
"Met him on a Monday and my heart stood still." This was the first line in The Crystals 1963 hit, "Da Do Ron Ron." Perhaps, the man she was meeting was a cardiologist. "Da Do Ron Ron" peaked at number 3 on Billboard's pop chart. The lead vocal to this Crystals' hit was sung by Delores "Lala" Brooks.
After their 1962 top 10 hit "Tell Him," The Exciters released a song called, "Do Wah Ditty." This record didn't make the top 40. In 1964, Manfred Mann released the same song and it shot up to the top of the charts, where it stayed for 2 weeks. Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Ditty" was the number 13 song of 1964.
"I can tell, you're doin' well. Good things have come to you. I wish I had your good luck charm and you had a do wacka do wacka do wacka do wacka do wacka do." Of course, these profound lyrics were written and sung by the one and only Roger Miller. "Do Wacka Do" peaked at number 31 in 1965. It was released on his 1965 album "King of the Road." Because its producers thought it would be the biggest hit on the album, it was released as a single before the single, "King of the Road." "King of the Road" would eventually peak at the number 4 position on Billboard's pop chart and become the number 1 country song of the year 1965.
In 1980, The Police had a top 10 hit in the U.S. and a number 1 hit in the U.K. with "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da."
Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans peaked at number 18 in 1963 with "Zippity Do Da." Later in 1963, they released what would become their biggest hit, "Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?"
Many artists released their own versions of the Carole King - Gerry Goffin penned song "Hi De Ho." By far, the biggest commercial success it enjoyed was on a record by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Hi De Ho" peaked at number 14 on Billboard's pop chart in 1970.
From the album "Moving Waves," the Dutch group Focus, featured nonsensical lyrics and yodeling on their hit record "Hocus Pocus." Though "Moving Waves" was released in 1971, "Hocus Pocus" was not a hit until 1973 when it peaked on Billboard's pop chart at number 9.
In 1963, Chubby Checker released a record with "Loody Lo" on the A-side and "Hooka Tooka" the B-side. As it turns out, however, "Loody Lo" met with limited success. "Hooka Tooka" tooka control of the record's popularity and peaked at number 12 in 1964. It was to be Chubby Checker's last hit single. Though, "Hooka Tooka" was the end of the line for Chubby Checker's career as a top 40 artist, it wasn't the end of Chubby. He soon became the biggest oldies star on the planet! Millions of fans throughout the world still scuttle to his concerts to relive the early 60's.
Out of character for Roy Orbison, "Ooby Dooby" was his first hit song. It broke into the top 40 in 1956. "Ooby Dooby" was written by Wade Moore and Dick Penner.
"Get Down! Boogie Oogie Oogie." This was disco at its best. "Boogie Oogie Oogie" was the number one song for 3 weeks in 1978 and the number 6 song of the year 1978. The group behind this smash record was A Taste of Honey.
Lee Dorsey's first hit record was a song called "Ya Ya." It peaked at number 7 in 1961. This would be his biggest hit, though in 1966, he penetrated the top 10 once again, with a song titled "Working in The Coal Mine."
In 1970, George Harrison told us "I don't need your Wah Wah." From the album "All Things Must Pass," "Wah Wah" was not a top 40 hit. It did, however, receive a considerable amount of airplay in 1970 and 1971. The biggest hit to come off "All Things Must Pass" was, "My Sweet Lord." Many critics say, "All Things Must Pass" was the best album ever cut by an ex-Beatle.
The Coasters are definitely one of the best oldies groups of all time. They had a string of hits through the years 1957 to 1959. One of these hits was their number 1 song from July of 1958; "Yakety Yak." "Yakety Yak" was the number 23 song of 1958.
Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" was not a huge hit during the year of its release. However, many people would recognize this instrumental without knowing its name. It has been played, it seems everywhere throughout the years with complete anonymity. For instance, "Yakety Sax" is the song played when The Benny Hill Show is in its slapstick portion of the program. For what it's worth, "Yakety Sax" was released as a single in 1961 and broke into the top 40 in 1963.
The number 7 song of the year 1963 was a song called "Sukiyaki." It spent 3 weeks on top of Billboard's pop charts that year. "Sukiyaki" was sung by Japan's answer to Elvis, Kyu Sakamoto. Like Elvis, Kyu Sakamoto passed away well before his time. He was killed in an airplane crash at the age of 44.
It was the 50's super group, The Crew Cuts who topped the charts for 7 weeks in 1954, with "Sh-Boom." "Sh-Boom" was subtitled "Life Could be a Dream."
Another tragic, untimely death was that of the great singer/songwriter/actor, Bobby Darin. Bobby Darin passed away from heart disease in 1973 at the age of 37. Born Walden Robert Cassotto, Darin's "Splish Splash" peaked at number 3 and was the number 38 song of 1958. Darin was a prolific songwriter, though many people do not realize so. Some of the popular songs he wrote include, "Splish Splash," "Things" and "Beyond the Sea." On top of that, Bobby Darin was an outstanding actor who starred in many movies including, "Come September," and "Pressure Point." In 1963, he was nominated for best supporting actor for his roll in "Captain Newman, MD." Unfortunately, he will probably only be remembered by most for his 1959 number 1 song of the year, "Mack the Knife."
"Bang Bang" peaked at number 2 in 1966 and was the number 38 song of that year. The artist behind this hit record was Cher. Written, of course, by Sonny Bono, "Bang Bang" can be found on the album, "The Sonny Side of Cher." Here's a bit of trivia for you. The flip side of "Bang Bang" is a remake of The Searchers 1964 British Invasion hit, "Needles and Pins(a)." Many people don't realize that Sony Bono co-wrote this song with Jack Nitchke.
A true music legend, Little Richard had a top 20 hit in 1956 with his first hit record, "Tutti Fruiti." "Tutti Fruiti" is certainly a much more popular oldie than it was a hit in 1956. Maybe the world just wasn't ready for Little Richard at that time. In 1956, the man was truly a groundbreaker in many ways. Certainly, anyone who has had commercial success with a high-energy non-mainstream record, owes a lot to the great rock and roll pioneer, Little Richard. In his honor let's all refrain; "A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Mop-A-Wop-Bam-Boom!"
One of 2 songs on this Oldies Quiz Match Game that was thought of as a throw away B-side song when it was written, was Tommy James & The Shondells' "Mony Mony." However, after all was said and done, "Mony Mony" had peaked at number 3 on Billboard's weekly pop chart and was the number 37 song of the year 1968.
Perry Como peaked at number 2 and had the number 16 song of 1956 with "Hot Diggity."
The smooth, melodious sounds of The Stylistics was evident in their1972 hit record, "Betcha By Golly Wow." "Betcha By Golly Wow" peaked at number 3 on Billboard's pop chart but went all the way to number 1 on the R&B chart.
Until I heard this song, I thought I was the only one who had a girl named "Rama Lama Ding Dong." The Edsels released "Rama Lama Ding Dong" in 1958 but it didn't get any airplay until 1961. By that time, its era had largely passed and "Rama Lama Ding Dong" was sort of an also-ran hit, peaking at only number 21 on Billboard's pop chart in 1961. Today, The Edsels are, rightfully, thought of as one of the truly great do-wop groups of all time and "Rama Lama Ding Dong" is one of the most beloved oldies of the rock and roll era.
Rock-a-Billy pioneer Gene Vincent peaked at number 7 in 1956 with "Be Bop A Lulu (She's My Baby)." Though the song is well known as being sung by Gene Vincent, the label on the record reads "Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps."
Never a top 40 song, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was the name of an album and a 17 minute song which was one whole side of the album. It was a super F-M Smash that didn't receive a lot of airplay on the A-M band of the radio. However, everybody new about "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," it was a psychedelic icon. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," was recorded by Iron Butterfly and released in 1968.
Domenico Modungo had the number 7 song of the year 1958 with "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu." This Iltalian song was also known by the title "Volare." By either name, it spent 5 weeks atop the charts in 1958. In 1960 "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu" peaked at number 4 for Bobby Rydell. His version was partially in English.
When growing up, Major Lance was a classmate of both Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. In 1963, he had a top 10 hit with "Monkey Time," and in 1964, he had a top 20 hit with "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um."
Gary DeCarlo, Paul Leka and Dale Frashuer were the songwriters responsible for writing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." This threesome, living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, formed the group Steam and recorded the song along with some others they had written. They were unhappy with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and expected it would be used as a throw away B-side song. Actually, Gary DeCarlo said he was ashamed of it! To everybody's surprise Fontana Records put Steam's recording of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" on the A-side and their recording of "It's the Magic in You Girl" on the B-side of a record and released it that way. Shortly thereafter, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" started to receive heavy airplay by the nation's radio stations and eventually it became the number 1 song for 2 weeks in December 1969. It ended up being the number 11 song of the year 1969. Other than those impressive statistics, are the facts that this song is played at every sporting event throughout the civilized world where the home team is ahead in the game with a short time left to play, and 100's of millions of fans, even those who weren't alive in 1969 and those who don't even understand English, sing along with the chorus to this song. This makes, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" arguably, one of the most popular compositions in history
Bonus Answer 1
b- Though Lala Brooks was the lead singer on The Crystals "Da Do Ron Ron," at one time or another, Darlene Love sang lead for both The Crystals and Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans.
Bonus Answer 2
a- Little Richard's full name is Richard Wayne Penniman. James McCleese was actually the full name of the artist Jimmy Soul. Jimmy Soul was best known for his 1963 number 1 hit "If You want to be Happy (for the Rest of Your Life, Never Make a Pretty Woman Your Wife)."
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