In the 1960s Flower Power was emerging, and things were beginning to change thanks to the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. In that time music influence by country and folk was growing in popularity, while the old-school rock ‘n’ roll artists were forced to make changes. As well as that, funk and soul was becoming more mainstream ahead of the disco movement of the 1970s.
The Swinging Sixties were in full throttle when many of the biggest bands ever began performing.
One of these is The Beatles, who became one of the first-ever boybands to inspire hysteria in their female fans.
As well as this, rock ‘n’ roll was brought to an abrupt end when Buddy Holly died in 1959, and soon the American folk revival took its place, along with surf music, Motown and girl groups.
Here is our ultimate 60s music quiz for your pub quiz, or for you to answer.
1. In what year did Pete Seeger’s political folk band The Weavers disband?
2. What was the name of the Beatles’ drummer, who was sacked by manager Brian Epstein in 1962 and replaced by Sir Ringo Starr?
3. What was the name of the late guitarist who was in the original line-up of The Rolling Stones, but died aged 27 in 1969?
4. What was the name of Bob Dylan’s second album, released in 1963, which saw him breakthrough as a songwriter after releasing mainly traditional songs?
5. Which 1969 song was Elvis Presley’s last single to hit Number One in the US charts before his death?
6. Which Brazilian musical genre, a fusion of jazz and samba, began to gain popularity in the 1960s among musicians globally?
7. What was the name of The Who’s debut single, released in 1964, which sadly didn’t chart in the UK or USA?
8. Which country won the most Eurovision Song Contests in the 1960s? (Bonus: How many did they win?)
9. In what year did Sonny Bono and Cher tell fans “I’ve Got You Babe” in a song which became an anthem for couples everywhere?
10. What is the name of the surfing band formed in 1961, which included three brothers and two others in its original line-up?
11. What is the best-selling single of the 1960s in the UK?
12. The Animals formed in which UK city?
13. Which UK comedian had the best-selling UK single of 1965?
14. Which American rocker was the final performer at Woodstock festival in 1969?
15. In 1969 there were four winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, which countries were tied? (Bonus: Can you name one of the singers?)
10. The Beach Boys
11. She Loves You by the Beatles
13. Ken Dodd
14. Jimi Hendrix
15. France, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK (Bonus: Frida Boccara, Lenny Kuhr, Salomé, Lulu)