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Black Music Quiz

A quiz to test your knowledge of black musicians and their music 30 Questions.

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Which Jazz drummer and band leader formed 'The Jazz Messengers' in 1954 and was a great mentor to young aspiring Jazz musicians?

  • Chick Webb
  • Buddy Rich
  • Art Blakey
  • Max Roach

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Who is this American Jazz pianist/composer with a distinctive improvisational and unorthodox style and often wore suits, hats and sunglasses on stage?

  • Duke Ellington
  • Art Tatum
  • Fats Waller
  • Thelonius Monk

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Which American Jazz pianist/composer joined the Miles Davis Quintet and later went very funky in the 70's with 'The Headhunters'?

  • Herbie Hancock
  • Gil Evans
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Isaac Hayes

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Born Richard Wayne Penniman, which American rock n' roller sang "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" in the 1950's?

  • James Brown
  • Little Richard
  • R. Kelly
  • Richard Smallwood

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Which American singer released "I Am...Sasha Fierce" in 2008 and has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist?

  • Rihanna
  • Beyonce
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Ciara Harris

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Which Jamaican-born singer started making Disco albums before she moved towards a more Reggae-based style and appeared as May Day in the Bond film "A View To A Kill"?

  • Grace Jones
  • Janet Jackson
  • Tina Turner
  • Grace Slick

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Which Jazz trumpeter said "Don't play what's there, play what's not there"?

  • Freddie Hubbard
  • Lee Morgan
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Miles Davis

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Which American artist signed to Tamla-Motown at the age of 11 and has won 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever by a solo artist?

  • Luther Vandross
  • Ray Charles
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Marvin Gaye

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Which American guitarist formed an all-black trio in 1970 called The Band of Gypsies?

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Muddy Waters
  • Eddie Hazel
  • Bo Diddley

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Born Joseph Saddler, which Barbadian-born Hip Hop artist and his group "The Furious Five" were the first Hip Hop act to be honoured in the 'Rock & Roll Hall of Fame' in 2007?

  • Snoop Dogg
  • LL Cool J
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Jay-Z

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Formed in Chicago in 1971 which band were in a "Boogie Wonderland" in 1979?

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Earth, Wind And Fire
  • The Trammps
  • Heatwave

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Formed in Atlanta in 1991, which singing trio are the best selling American girl group of all time?

  • TLC
  • 3LW
  • IQ
  • G.R.L.

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Which Chicago-born artist produced the "Super-Fly" album in 1972 and mainly sang in a falsetto register?

  • Marvin Gaye
  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Sly Stone
  • Al Green

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Which Jamaican Reggae star was a champion of the under-privileged and a keen soccer fan who supported Brazilian team Santos?

  • Bob Marley
  • Prince Far-I
  • U-Roy
  • Jimmy Cliff

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Which Boston-born singer was the undisputed "Queen of Disco" and was posthumously inducted into the 'Rock & Roll Hall of Fame' in 2013?

  • Gladys Knight
  • Chaka Khan
  • Tina Turner
  • Donna Summer

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Which singer was born into a famous family and had solo success with "That's The Way Love Goes" and "All For You"?

  • Janet Jackson
  • Diana Ross
  • Randy Crawford
  • Leona Lewis

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Which Manhattan-born singer has a 3-octave contralto vocal range and produced a famous "Diary" in 2003?

  • Aaliyah
  • Tiffany Evans
  • Alicia Keys
  • Alexis Jordan

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Active in the 70's and 80's, which Jamaican Reggae group featured singer Michael Rose and a rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare?

  • The Upsetters
  • Black Uhuru
  • Steel Pulse
  • Third World

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One of the first African-Americans to host a national variety TV show, which singer/pianist made 3 albums in Spanish/Portugese and had a soft, baritone voice?

  • Sam Cooke
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Nat King Cole
  • Harry Belafonte

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Which Canadian-born Jazz pianist was called "The Maharajah of the keyboard" and formed a famous trio in the 1950's?

  • Oscar Peterson
  • Count Basie
  • Fats Domino
  • Bud Powell

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With record sales of 200 million plus, who did 'Billboard' name as the top 'Hot 100' artist of the 2010's?

  • Sade
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Rihanna
  • Corinne Bailey Rae

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Which American rapper/songwriter and record producer's debut album was called "The College Dropout" in 2004?

  • Pharrell Williams
  • Pusha T
  • Drake
  • Kanye West

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Formed in New York in 1981, which pioneering Hip Hop group were the first in the genre to have gold, platinum and multi-platinum records?

  • De La Soul
  • Run-DMC
  • Public Enemy
  • N.W.A.

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Born Charles Edward Anderson in St. Louis, who is this pioneering Rock & Roll legend?

  • Chuck Berry
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Johnnie Johnson
  • Muddy Waters

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Which American singer had a partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David and declared herself bankrupt in March 2013?

  • Eartha Kitt
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dionne Warwick

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Who had a minor hit with a cover of Dr. John's "Walk On Gilded Splinters" in 1969 and had a short affair with Mick Jagger, giving birth to his first and her only child in 1970?

  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Martha Reeves
  • Marsha Hunt
  • Betty Wright

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Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, which band had top 10 hits with "That Lady" and "Summer Breeze" in the 1970's?

  • The GAP Band
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Temptations
  • Tavares

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Which Detroit vocal quartet remained together for over 4 decades (1953-1997) without a single change in personnel and had a hit with "Reach Out I'll Be There" in 1966?

  • The Foundations
  • The Detroit Emeralds
  • The Detroit Spinners
  • The Four Tops

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Which Jamaican Reggae musician was a member of The Wailers before going solo and whose LP "Bush Doctor" featured Mick Jagger and Keith Richards?

  • Bunny Wailer
  • Dr. Alimantado
  • Peter Tosh
  • Junior Marvin

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Who was a founding member of America's most successful female group and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2012?

  • Patti LaBelle
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Whitney Houston
  • Diana Ross