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Question: Who played the drums on Band Aid’s 1984 Christmas hit, Do They Know It’s Christmas??

 Answer: Phil Collins

Question: David Bowie sang about life on where?

Answer: Mars 

Question: Ronnie Wood is best known for being one of the Rolling Stones. Before joining the Stones which band was he member that also included Rod Stewart?

Answer: The Faces Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood both joined the Faces from the Jeff Beck Group 

Question: What is the highest selling single of all time in the UK?

Answer: Candle in the Wind by Elton John  Subtitled, Goodbye England’s Rose, this is the 1997 version which was released following the death of Princess Diana. It sold 4.9 million copies far outstripping the next biggest seller, Band Aid at 3.8 million.


Listen here to Candle in the Wind by Elton John

This is the biggest selling single ever in the UK; it was a tribute to Princess Diana


Question: Name the song that was UB40’s first No. 1 UK hit which was written by Neil Diamond?

Answer: Red Red Wine

Question: The song (Is This The Way To) Amarillo was a hit for Tony Christie in 1971 and 2005.  Which famous American singer/songwriter co-wrote this song?

Answer: Neil Sedaka 

Question: Who was the lead singer of the British band T. Rex

Answer: Marc Bolan

Question: Which British Pop act won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981? 

Answer: Bucks Fizz 

Question: Who is the elder of the former Oasis brothers Noel & Liam Gallagher?

Answer: Noel Gallagher

Question: Name the British artist that was the first to have entered the USA Album charts at No. 1?

Answer: Elton John His 1975 album, Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirty Cowboy 

Question: Who, together with George Michael, formed the British pop group, Wham!?

Answer: Andrew Ridgeley

Question: Which was the first single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK?

Answer: Mull of Kintyre by Paul McCartney & Wings It remains the fourth biggest seller in the UK.

Question: What was the first hit single for the British band Roxy Music?

Answer: Virginia Plain 

Question: Which British crooner sang the theme tune for the film, From Russia with Love, and had hits with Born Free and The Impossible Dream

Answer: Matt Monroe 

Question: Amongst the records that have remaind in the UK Top 40 Singles Charts for the longest period, which one holds the record as an instumental?

Answer: Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the Shore This record spent a total of 52 weeks in the Top 40 of which 45 were consecutive weeks and peaked at No. 2

Question: Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart made up which band? 

Answer: Eurythmics 

Question: Tom Jones’s first hit record was It’s Not Usual and was recorded as a demo for an established artist. For whom was this song written?

Answer: Sandie Shaw

Question: Which was the first single to top the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone?

Answer: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley  

Question: From the music and the Hippie Culture of the time, in which year was the Summer of Love?

Answer: 1967


Listen here to Scott McKenzies’s San Fransisco

The signature-tune to the Summer of Love


Question: Which hit single is usually viewed as the signature-tune to the Summer of Love?

Answer: San Francisco by Scott Mackenzie The term Summer of Love originated with the formation of the Council for the Summer of Love in spring 1967 as young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. It quickly became a social phenomenon influencing music and society during the summer of that year. 

Question: What was the hit single that went to No. 1 in the UK that was recorded live by The Beatles on BBC TV during the Summer of Love?

Answer: All You Need is Love

Question: In the UK which single record was the biggest seller for the band, Queen?

Answer: Bohemian Rhapsody

Question: I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You were the two best selling singles in the UK in the 1960s. Name the artist and the song with the third highest singles sales figures in the UK in the 1960s. 

Answer: Ken Dodd with Tears

Question: In Benny Hill’s hit record, who drove the fastest milk cart in the west?

Answer: Ernie

Question: Who had his first UK top 10 hit with Wichita Lineman

Answer: Glen Cambell

Question: Which band’s first number one single in 1974 was Tiger Feet

Answer: Mud

Question: With which musical genre was the British musician Lonnie Donegan associated?

Answer: Skiffle

Question: Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson form which Girl Group?

Answer: Little Mix

Question: What was the title of the only No. 1 hit single for the British Pop Group, T’Pau?

Answer: China in Your Hand 

Question: What is the real surname of Sting from The Police? 

Answer: Gordon Sumner

Question: Where were the Gibb brothers of BeeGees fame born?

Answer: Isle of Man 

Question: What was the original name of the band that became Oasis?

Answer: Rain

Question: Which US city is mentioned in the first line of the 1964 No.1 UK hit by The Animals called The House of the Rising Sun?

Answer: New Orleans

  • There is a house in New Orleans
  • They call the Rising Sun
  • And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
  • And God I know I’m one

Question: Albert Hammond was a hugely successful songwriter providing hits for numerous artists.  He also had solo hits in his own name like, It Never Rains in Southern California and The Free Electric Band. But from where did he hail?

Answer: Gibraltar


Listen Here to Albert Hammond

It Never Rains in Southern California was a Hit on both sides of the Atlantic


Question: Who were the female backing singers from Wham! that went on to have their own hit records?

Answer: Pepsi & Shirlie The act comprised of Helen “Pepsi” DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman.

Question: What was the original name for the British band The Shadows, much associated with Cliff Richard?

Answer: The Drifters

Question: Which hit record by the Proclaimers refers to the enforced emigration as a result of the Highland Clearances?

Answer: Letter from America

Question: Who was the Music Producer and Record Label owner behind acts such as the Animals, Herman’s Hermits, the Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu, Suzi Quatro, Hot Chocolate, Arrows, Racey, and the Jeff Beck Group ?

Answer: Mickie Most 

Question: Which Heavy Metal Band had, in 1991, their first and only No. 1 single in Britain with Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter?

Answer: Iron Maiden

Question: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck all started their musical careers with which 1960’s British rock band?

Answer: The Yardbirds

Question: After leaving John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Peter Green became a founding member of which famous band?

Answer: Fleetwood Mac