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Alan's Rock & Roll FUN Trivia.  Trivia powered by ABE.1) On January 28, Elvis Presley makes his national television debut. What is the show?

  • The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
  • The Milton Berle Show
  • The Ed Sullivan Show

2) Carl Perkins' single "Blue Suede Shoes" enters the R&B charts, marking the first time a Country music artist has made it on the R&B charts on March 10.

  • True or False?

3) The first regularly scheduled nationally broadcast rock & roll show, Rock 'n Roll Dance Party, with as host, premieres on the CBS Radio Network on April 7. Who is the host?

  • Murray the K
  • Cusin' Brucie
  • Alan Freed

4) My Fair Lady (Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe) - Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on March 15 and ran for 2717 performances. Who did NOT win a 1956 Tony Award for the play?

  • Rex Harrison
  • Julie Andrews
  • Marni Nixon

5) "Don't Be Cruel" was the flip side of the "Hound Dog" single, released on July 13, 1956. Both sides of the record topped the charts independently, a rare feat. The single also topped all three extant Billboard charts: pop, country & western, and rhythm & blues, the first record in history to do so.

  • True or False?

6) "The Wayward Wind" is a country song written by Stan Lebowsky and Herb Newman. Who had the US #1 Hit?

  • Les Baxter
  • Morris Stoloff
  • Gogi Grant

7) "(The) Green Door" is a 1956 popular song with music composed by Bob Davie and lyrics written by Marvin Moore. The orchestra of songwriter Davie, with Davie also playing piano played on the record. It reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1956. Who sang the song on the record?

  • Clarence Frogman Henry
  • Jim Lowe
  • Johnnie Ray

8) What is the popular song published in 1940. The music was written by Vincent Rose, the lyrics by Al Lewis and Larry Stock. It was an international hit in 1956 for Fats Domino, and has become a rock and roll standard. It reached #2 on the Billboard Top 40 charts, becoming his biggest pop hit, and spent 9 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.

  • "Blueberry Hill"
  • "Happiness Street"
  • "You Don't Know Me"

9) "See You Later Alligator" the song, based on a 12-bar blues chord structure, was written by Louisiana songwriter Robert Charles Guidry and first recorded by him under his professional name "Bobby Charles" in 1955. It was a hit for Bill Haley & His Comets. What was the flip side?

  • "Picnic"
  • "The Rose Table"
  • "The Paper Boy (On Main Street U.S.A.)"

10) In 1956, who was the jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era, that died at age 51 in his Greenwich, Connecticut home, choking in his sleep after a heavy meal following which he had taken sleeping pills?

  • Edwin Franko Goldman
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • Richie Powell


1956 In Music Answers

  1. The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show
  2. True
  3. Alan Freed
  4. Marni Nixon
  5. True
  6. Gogi Grant
  7. Jim Lowe
  8. "Blueberry Hill"
  9. "The Paper Boy (On Main Street U.S.A.)"
  10. Tommy Dorsey

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