In the ’70s, music evolved from bubble-gum flavored “Yummy Yummy Yummy” type jingles to smoldering, smoky hard rock. This decade provided an artistic opening for power bands like Grand Funk Railroad and Kiss to rise to an unprecedented level of rock and roll musical prominence.
Taste the Nostalgic Flavor of This 1970s Rock and Roll Quiz and Then Check Your Score Below
1. In the early 1970s Grand Funk Railroad attempted to engage which well known rocker:
a. Chuck Barry
b. Peter Frampton
c. Barry Manilow
d. Sam the Sham
2. Which classic ’70s rock group wrote an angry song in reaction to a record company’s attempt at a negative publicity stunt?
d. The Partridge Family
3. What song holds the honor of being the most requested tune on U.S. FM stations in the 1970s?
a. Hey Jude
b. Seasons in the Sun
c. Leader of the Pack
d. Stairway to Heaven
4. What is the name of the band that Tom Scholtz put together before he formed Boston?
a. The Beaners
b. Mother’s Milk
c. Taxation Without Representation
d. Weasels with Measles
5. What is the reason that Roger Daltrey stutters on the “Fs” in the phrase “fade away” in the Who classic “My Generation?”
a. He thought it would pack a rhythmic punch
b. He was on the verge of laughter
c. He wanted people to think he was about to swear
d. He was having difficulty reading Pete Townsend’s lyrics
6. What is the last group Jimi Hendrix played guitar with before he passed away?
b. Marshall Tucker Band
c. Pink Floyd
d. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
7. Which band of rockers created a hit song that expresses regret at not listening to a mother’s advice?
a. Rolling Stones
b. The Police
c. Three Dog Night
8. What kind of moon is invited to shine in the Doobie Brothers #1 hit “Black Water?”
9. Can you identify which song was featured in a dramatic short film by Gary Weis that aired during a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live?
a. “Ricky Don’t Lose That Number” by Steely Dan
b. “Shattered” by the Rolling Stones
c. “Right Place, Wrong Time” by Dr. John
d. “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner
10. In 1977 one of the Sex Pistols was named Johnny Rotten. What was the name of his band mate?
a. Sid Vicious
b. Adam Anarchy
c. Brian Bullock
d. Pretty Vacant
11. In which country did the band America originate?
12. Released in 1970, “25 or 6 to 4” was a huge hit for the rock and brass ensemble Chicago. The title allegedly refers to:
b. High school math
c. Pythagorean theorem
d. Sports statistics
13. Why are there sounds of pigs dogs and sheep on Pink Floyd’s 1977 album “Animals?”
a. To offer a hint of the song “Old McDonald Had a Farm.”
b. An effort to expand the group’s appeal to animal lovers
c. As a tribute to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”
d. To fulfill a special request from an ardent fan
14. Which popular female vocalist sang on Neil Young’s 1972 smash hig “Heart of Gold?”
a. Ethel Merman
b. Carly Simon
c. Loretta Lynn
d. Linda Ronstadt
15. Which well known rocker’s real name is James Newell Osterberg?
a. Paul McCartney
b. Iggy Pop
c. David Bowie
16. Which ’70s band described themselves as “suburban robots here to entertain corporate life forms?”
a. Black Sabbath
d. Grateful Dead
17. How did the rock group Fleetwood Mac get its name?
a. a song
b. a road
c. a pet
d. a medical condition
18. Which American actor appears on the cover of “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings?
a. Sylvester Stallone
b. Leonardo DiCaprio
c. James Coburn
d. John Voight
19. Which infamous hard rock band achieved success in 1974 by covering a popular dance song from the previous decade?
a. Grand Funk Railroad
b. Blue Oyster Cult
c. Van Halen
d. Right Said Fred
20. Which edgy 1970s rock icon declined a role in a James Bond movie?
a. Alice Cooper
c. Robert Young
d. David Bowie
1. b – Grand Funk tried to attract Peter Frampton in 1972, but due to a solo record deal with A & M Records, Frampton was not available.
2. c – Heart. “Barracuda” was the song.
3. d – “Stairway to Heaven.” This 8-minute unparalelled journey through crescendoes and tempo variations culminates in one of the most intense musical climaxes in rock history.
4. b – Mother’s Milk was Scholtz’s 1973 musical effort preceding Boston’s self-titled debut album in 1976, which still ranks as one of the best-selling debut albums of all time.
5. d – Daltrey couldn’t read what Townsend had written, and after stumbling on the “Fs,” they decided to expand the stammering concept to “S” on the word “say.”
6. a – War. Hendrix sat in on “Tobacco Road” and “Mother Earth” with War the evening of Sept. 16, 1970 marking the final public performance of this legendary guitar hero. He died on Sept. 18.
7. c – Three Dog Night’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come” laments, “That ain’t no way to have fun, son.”
8. c – Mississippi, as in “Mississippi moon, won’t you keep on shinin’ on me?”
9. d – “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner.
10. a – Sid Vicious. Rotten sang and Vicious played bass.
11. c – America originated in London, England.They had British mothers and American military fathers.
12. a – Time, as in “twenty-five or (twenty)-six to four (a.m.)
13. c – “Animals” employed imagery and animal sounds as a tribute to Orwell’s main characters in his classic book “Animal Farm.”
14. d – Both Ronstadt and James Taylor chimed in on backup vocals for “Heart of Gold.”
15. b – Iggy Pop, who was tagged with the nickname “Iggy” in high school.
16. c – Devo crashed into the 1970s with a crisp, brand new musical style. This unusual and musically tight group was referred to by David Bowie as the “band of the future.”
17. a – A song titled “Fleetwood Mac” which was written by Peter Green.
18. c – James Coburn. Also pictured on this notorious album cover are Michael Parkinson, Kenny Llynch, Clement Freud, Christopher Lee, John Conteh, guitarist Denny Laine and Paul & Linda McCartney.
19. a – Grand Funk Railroad’s version of “The Loco-Motion” reached number six on Billboard’s Top Hot 100 songs in 1974.
20. d – David Bowie refused the role of Max Zorin in “A View to Kill,” stating, “I didn’t want to spend five months watching my stunt double fall off cliffs.”
Score Rating Guide
15 – 20 correct: Joy To The World Wizard – You have a grip so tight on music from the ’70s that without it you’d feel as though “There Ain’t No Sunshine.” Occasionally you might slip up and use words like “groovy” and “far out” to express yourself, but it’s okay though. The ’70s was one rocking decade, so no matter what happens, you’re on the right side of the musical law.
This is a seriously savvy ’70s score – Your knowledge of music from this decade is borderline unbelievable.
10 – 14 correct: Higher Ground Expert – The data stored in your head about 1970s music is remarkable, and you are very well informed. If you could, you’d put “Time in a Bottle” and pour it on when spinning your fave 70s vinyl hits.
Great work – if you ever get 1970s music as a category in Final Jeopardy, you’d be pretty safe betting at least 75% of your earnings.
4 – 9 correct: Hold Your Head Up – Alright, so your middle name isn’t Barry Manilow, but if you keep tuned in to this hard rock decade, your score will go “Higher and Higher,” just be certain that when you pull out your record collection, you take the time to “Play that Funky Music.”
You did a reasonably decent job of expressing your knowledge of 1970s music, stay tuned in and turned on. Peace.
0 – 3 correct: Betcha By Golly, Wow – “Don’t Say You Don’t Remember” these songs. Instead, consider listening to every band listed in this quiz until you your mind becomes a ’70s sponge. Sharpen your turntable needle and crank the volume to 11, and get your groove on. After you’ve achieved this level of rock and roll perfection, it’ll be time to tackle the ’80s.
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