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Fun Quiz For Oldtimers and 1950s Music Fans

Updated on August 23, 2016

Trivia Questions on Pre-Rock Music of the 1950s

Calling all pop culture mavens! You good at pre rock era trivia? You a child of the fifties? Think you know 1950s music before rock and roll? If you're a student of popular musical tastes and Americana, you'll enjoy testing your knowledge with this short pop culture trivia quiz on the popular tunes of that decade just before rock 'n' roll took hold. If you came along the sixties, seventies, eighties, or nineties...check out what your parents and grandparents were tapping their toes to way back when! Find the fun quiz and answers below. Three or fewer correct; you must be in your twenties. Four to six correct; you must've been dusting off your folks' record collection. Seven to nine correct, you must be a student of cultural trends of the 1950s! All ten correct, enjoy your retirement, oldtimer! And to enhance your listening pleasure be sure to check out the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone, the very best way to enjoy any and all recorded music, below; a must for all amateur musicologists! Hope you enjoy my 1950s music trivia questions and answers! If you do, challenge other music buffs (and "oldtimers?") by clicking on the Facebook, Google+, Twitter or other buttons, or mail the URL to your friends. Thank you you for stopping by!

1950s Music Quiz

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Did You Do Well On This 1950s Music Quiz? - Did You Get More Than Half Correct?


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Eddie Fisher - Princess Leah's Dad

Eddie Fisher was a teen idol in the years before rock and rock and had 17 songs on the Top Ten pop music charts between 1950 and 1956. He married America's movie sweetheart Debbie Reynolds in 1955. Two years before he became Carrie Fisher's real-life papa, the popular crooner and ladies man had a major hit with the song, "Oh, My Papa," which even after all these years still has the power to choke one up. Listen to it on Father's Day to understand what I mean.

Fisher also had a son, Todd, with Reynolds whom he left in 1959 to marry Elizabeth Taylor following the death of Taylor's husband, movie producer Mike Todd. His marriage to Taylor lasted from '59 to '64.

Fisher fathered two more children, Joely Fisher andTricia Leigh Fisher with his third wife, actress Connie ("77 Sunset Strip") Stevens . He later married and divorced 5th wife, Terry Richard. His fifth marriage, to Betty Lin lasted until her death in 2001. Fisher died in 2010 due to complications from hip surgery.

Eddie Fisher - Greatest Hits
Eddie Fisher - Greatest Hits

Could a sentimental song like, "Oh, My Papa," ever make it into the Top Ten today? Eddie Fisher took it to Number 1 on Billboard's chart in December, 1953, where it remained for 19 weeks! The original song in German, written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939, was entitled, "O Mein Papa." Speaking from personal experience, I was a little kid when this song was popular...and it used to bring me to the verge of tears. If you love your dad, it may have the same effect on you!


Two Songs From "Blackboard Jungle" Reached Number One on the Charts

Blackboard Jungle
Blackboard Jungle

Look for Bill Haley & the Comets' breakout hit, :"Rock Around The Clock" in the classic 1955 movie Blackboard Jungle, starring Glenn Ford, a young Sidney Poitier and Anne Francis. Another song featured in this movie which reached Number One on the charts was, "Let Me Go, Lover," sung by Joan Weber. This is a GREAT movie!


Did you take the 1950s Music Quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun about 1950s music? Would you like to see additional quizzes on the music of that decade?

Hope You Enjoyed That Trip Down 1950s Melody Lane! - How'd You Do?

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I loved it Thomas since I was born at the end of the 50's but listened to the music all of the time. I thought that I would do well but I did poorly on the quiz. I voted this up, shared and pinned it.


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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds like you got a bit of a headstart on me, Elsie! :) There were some great mellow tunes in the fifties, for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting Quiz, only got 50% even though I'm a 1940s child.

      Late 1950s was busy years for me, teens and married in 1959, so music wasn't high on my list as the guy I married was a farmer and we spent more time out shooting rabbits and fishing. In the evenings playing cards, never went to the movies. Thanks for waking up my memories, Eddie Fisher was my favorite in 1950s

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Good quiz.

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      Andromachi Polychroniou 4 years ago from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece

      I enjoyed it even though i haven't got a lot correct. it was an opportunity for me to learn.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Most were featured at one time or another on Your Hit Parade with Giselle McKenzie, Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms (?) and Dorothy Collins.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      I did fine. Those songs always remind me of my youth -- when i was a little, little girl. My dad used to sing along.

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      Steve Jones 4 years ago from Birmingham UK

      I got 3 out of 10... How embarrassing.

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      marie-churchman 4 years ago

      Very fun! I did pretty well, considering I didn't come around until 1961. Such great music in the 50's.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great memories!

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      amosvee 4 years ago

      Pat Boone is related to Daniel Boone? That I did not know!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      @marktplaatsshop: Thanks for taking my quiz. Not sure what could've gone wrong. I just took the quiz and was able to answer all questions with no problem. If you're still up for it, try clearing your cache and taking it again.

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      nice quiz something went wrong and could not fill in all the answers, thanks for sharing

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      Jeph Maystruck 4 years ago from Regina, SK

      One of the best decades for music for sure!

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      thanks for the trip down memory lane

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great quiz!

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      Cynthia Haltom 5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Like the music

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      PinkstonePictures 5 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Fun quiz, thanks for the trip down memory lane. I'm now humming some of the tunes

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      FloridaDino 5 years ago

      8/10, very pleased with that! love 50's music

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      JeffGilbert 5 years ago

      I just forgot 2... Oh well.. :) Great fun quiz. :)

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      katrinakaifg 5 years ago

      nice quiz

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      I did okay but I guess I'm not a Rock and Roll Diva. Good quiz. I enjoyed it.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      Didn't do to well, but it was fun taking it. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      I flunked badly

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Fun! Got all of them right except for "Love Is Many Splendored Thing." Missed the name of the group, but their voices are singing loud and clear in full harmony - in my head. Thanks for the fun quiz!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Fun! Thanks. I needed a break and this was great. Blessed.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens. Love the questions. Thanks

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      Michael Oksa 5 years ago

      I was born in the late 1960s, but I'm a music buff. Got 9/10 on the quiz, Daddy-O! :)

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      It gets a tad scary when you know most of the answers because you heard them first hand....Blessed.

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      louiseanne lm 5 years ago

      I guessed half of the right :)

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      gimmie some 70's please

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      I didn't do too well but it's OK I would love to do more such quizzes

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      Good history lesson..

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      JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

      More, more!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nicely done, sorry I bombed the quiz though, old age I guess!

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      cricandcric1557 6 years ago

      Thanks for providing such useful information. I really appreciate your professional approach.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with the quiz and info! :)P

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      mistyblue75605 lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      FloridaDino 6 years ago

      Before my time, but happy with 7

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      Oosquid 6 years ago

      Didn't do so very well as I should have done seeing how I love 50's stuff.

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      This was a lot of fun - not my era, but a classic era nevertheless.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      7 out of 10 - not bad for someone born in 1961! Fun lens, more quizzes would be great.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      6/10 ... but it was before "my time" ;)

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      I messed up on one question.

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      Wow, wasn't around in the 50s but with a little reasoned guessing I was able to score 70%. That was a tough quiz.

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      I still wasn't really listening to music like this in the 50s. I need a 60s quiz.

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      macsquared 6 years ago

      Surprised myself with a 70%, I had a few lucky guesses!

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      not bad thanks! lets have more.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      good lens

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      Carolyn Bennett 6 years ago from Longview, Washington

      Great Quiz, a lot of fun... Does aceing it give away your age? I guess I won't say how I did.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ha ... que sera sera ... what ever will be will be ... the future's not ours to see ... que sera .... sera.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Surprised by how muh I remembered and it was a trip down melody lane. Thanks for the memories. Hugs

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      grnidlady 6 years ago

      great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun quiz, terrific lens.

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      TLRaghavan 6 years ago

      Enjoyable quiz from good old days!

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      anupma lm 6 years ago

      Enjoyed the quiz. Good lense

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      Senditondown 6 years ago from US

      Enjoyed your lens and the quiz. Good work!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! One big squid thumbs up vote left!

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      food monkey 6 years ago

      fun quiz!

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      Nice quiz, hard foe me I was born in the 1980s.

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      That was fun, but I only got 6 right. Thank you.

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      katemiya 6 years ago

      I would've done better if I hadn't second guessed myself. Drat.

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      JodiFromFlorida 6 years ago

      Fun lens, I got 90%.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Perfect score! Fun lens, too!

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      That was fun - thank you


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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Thanks for the trip

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Fun quiz, enjoyed it because I've learned a lot from it! :)

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Great fun

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      PattiHale 6 years ago

      Thanks for this! Fun!

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      Jerryjg62 LM 6 years ago

      i scored 70% which normally I wouldn't be happy with but some of the movie questions got me. I'm not up with the movies that much. Fun though!

      I have to get a quiz like this on my Squidoo! :-)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Wow! I did pretty well, I have to admit, I'm surprised! :)

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      Boy i didn't do very well the first time around. But like the one question i knew it had to be Doris Day but didn't go with it because of the t at the end of her last name thinking it could be someone else. Is that a typo or just to mess with your mind?

      Second time around i only missed one and i knew better but oh well it was fun.

      I did do one of the others on your list about Hompothic meds. and did't even score.... so sad, but fun.

      I like your lens and will be back to check out more and do the quizzes i really do like stuff like this.

      Great job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fared poorly. Need to study. :) Thanks for the fun. Good day!

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I was 7 of 10 and should have answered another correctly. The quiz was fun. Thanks

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @jolou: Thanks for taking my 1950s Music Quiz, Joanne. For another enjoyable "trip back in time," I'd suggest a visit to your fine lens on beautiful historic Mackinaw Island!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Just got half of them right, but I always enjoy a stoll down memory lane. How times have changed!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @KDimmick: Thank you, KD! I enjoyed the heck out of your very-well-put-together Beatles' Lyrics Quiz lens. And I'd urge any music lover to head over and try his or her hand...or should I say, "ear"...?

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      I'm not sure 4 is a phenomenal performance (especially when 2 of those were lucky guesses), but it was fun!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @verymary: Thank for taking my 50's Music Quiz, Kat! I have a vague memory of watching the "Louis Prima and Keely Smith Show." I'm pretty sure that Dean Martin sang it first, but I can see (in my mind's eye) Prima singing it to Keely Smith, as well. I'm headed into the kitchen to make one of those quick and easy brownies I read about on your "5-Minute Brownie in a Mug" lens! I can almost taste it now! :P~~~

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      very fun! I'm partial to Louis Prima's version of That's Amore :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @Cheryl57 LM: Hi, Cheryl! Older...but wiser! Thanks for taking my quiz. I just paid a visit to your Military Action Figures lens. While they are substantially different (more realistic) than the toy soldiers I played with as a kid, your lens did trigger happy memories of my own childhood. Thanks!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @maxnic11: Thanks for plunging into the 1950s Music Quiz, Max! Hey, I almost busted a lobe on your Car Quiz! Managed to get 50%...but have no idea how. It's tough! I challenge anyone who thinks he (or she) knows card to take your quiz!

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      Cheryl57 LM 7 years ago

      Dang, my kids are right, I AM getting OLD!!!

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      maxnic11 7 years ago

      I did ok 4/10 Good fun!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @dustytoes: Only 50%? Uh oh. I am afraid you have going to have to go back and relive the 1950s. Actually, I don't think that would be so bad! Hey, I've just come from your starfish lens. That is a very cool video you've posted of a starfish righting itself. I bet most people think that starfish are as stiff as the ones which beachcombers retrieve from beaches. The one in the vid seems pretty limber!

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      I only got 5 right. Not so good, but fun! I need to watch more old movies in my spare time.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks for taking it, Kim! And speaking of the 1950s, I enjoyed perusing your lens on one of that decade's top sitcoms, "Topper."

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I only got 6 right, but it was a fun quiz!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @Joyfulmusic90: Thanks for taking it, Joyful! Yes, for a youngstress such as yourself, 60% is very respectable.

      :) Enjoyed your Santana lens!

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      Joyfulmusic90 7 years ago

      Fun quiz! Is 6/10 okay?

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @poutine: Thanks for taking my quiz, Poutine! I think that by the time you came along, the 1950s were ancient history. So, I think you did pretty well, considering! I just came from reading your lens on the Zenn Electric Car. Wow...I'd never even heard of it before reading your lens!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Was fun, but only got 50%. And I thought I knew more.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @kimmanleyort: Thanks for taking my quiz, Kim! 50% is a very respectable score for someone who could only have learned about the subject from history books. I'm guessing you would get 100% if this quiz was about music of the 1990s; the late late 1990s. I enjoyed your quiz on the Canadian language! :)

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Well, this was fun. I got 50% but thought I would do better.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @John Dyhouse: Thanks for taking my 1950 Music Quiz! I just returned from perusing your color wheel lenses. Interesting and very informative. I'd recommend them to anyone interested in doing art.

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      John Dyhouse 7 years ago from UK

      thanks for the fun, a quiz I couldn't resist

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: 80% is a very good score! Did you get a chance to listen to the artists performing the numbers discussed? I wonder what the cave dwellers whose work is on display at your excellent "Neanderthal Art" lens (which I recommend) were listening to. Probably Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Hahaha.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I did much better on 50's music, thanks for being here to let me redeem myself with and 80%. Just as I entered Al Pachino, I remembered it was George Clooney on # 10, so can I like get 50% on that one. Great fun, well done~

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      @Kiwisoutback: Thank you, Kiwi! The longer I live, the more I think the '50's might've been my favorite decade.

      Just returned form your very timely Funny Halloween Cards lens. Good ones are hard to find and this one's got a bunch.