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1983 In Music Trivia Quiz

What do you know about 1983 in Music?  Try this The Year In Music Trivia Quiz. 
You'll find the answers at the bottom of the page.

1) On December 1, 1982, Thriller was released to critical and commercial success. A month later, on January 2, 1983, a song was released as the album's second single.  What is the song?

  1. "Human Nature"

  2. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

  3. "The Lady in My Life"

  4. "Billie Jean"

2) Who is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress born on March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma?

  1. Katie White

  2. Piano Squall

  3. Carrie Underwood

  4. Mayte Perroni

3) Who was an American lyricist, who collaborated with his younger brother, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century, died August 17, 1983 at age 86?

  1. Lucienne Boyer

  2. Ira Gershwin

  3. Simon Laks

  4. Dennis Wilson

4) Who cancels the remainder of his tour after collapsing backstage in Louisville, Kentucky, after playing for seventy-five minutes on March 4, 1983?

  1. Neil Young

  2. John Cage

  3. Friedrich Cerha

  4. George Crumb

5) On April 5, US Interior Secretary James G. Watt causes controversy when he effectively bans the Beach Boys from a return performance at the Fourth of July festivities in Washington, announcing that Wayne Newton would perform instead. Watt claims that rock bands attract "the wrong element". That same week President Reagan, himself an avowed Beach Boys fan, presents Watt with a plaster foot with a hole in it, symbolizing that Watt had shot himself in the foot.

  • True or False?

6) Who does Singer Paul Simon marry on August 16, 1983?

  1. Margret O’Brien

  2. Terry Tate

  3. Mildred Hill

  4. Carrie Fisher

7) What American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey was formed in 1983?

  1. The Big Dish (band)

  2. Big Muffin Serious Band

  3. Bon Jovi

  4. Big Sound Authority

8) "Church of the Poison Mind" was a 1983 hit single for the British New Wave band.  Who was the band?

  1. Black Sabbath

  2. Culture Club

  3. The Oak Ridge Boys

  4. Earth, Wind & Fire

9) What was the Grammy Record of the Year?

  1. Toto for "Rosanna"

  2. Richard Pryor for “Live on the Sunset Strip”

  3. Juice Newton for "Break It to Me Gently"

  4. Barbara Mandrell for “He Set My Life to Music”

10) On April 23, 1983, "Come On Eileen" by the Dexys Midnight Runners, hit number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

  • True or False?


1983 In Music
[Answers]

1) D. 2) C. 3) B. 4) A. 5) True 6) D. 7) C. 8) B. 9) A. 10) True
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