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Legendary Albums of the 1950s Quiz

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What smash hit album of the 50s by Frank Sinatra featured a cover image that showed him next to a lamp post?
Swing with Me
Strange Days
Songs for Young Lovers
Wanderers at Night

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In 1957, Ella Fitzgerald released an album called Ella Fitzgerald Sings the (Blank) Songbook which featured such tracks as "Take the A Train," "I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues," and "Drop Me Off in Harlem." Fill in the blank.
New York City
Blues/Soul
Duke Ellington
Jay Wallace

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What Bo Diddley album featured such tracks as "Don't Love Me," "Willie and Lillie," and "I'm Sorry"?
Go, Bo Diddley
Listen, Bo Diddley
Mr. Bo Diddley
My Sweet Bo Diddley

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The album City of Glass helped mark a turning point in 50s music. What artist recorded this album?
Stan Kenton
Dean Martin
Duke Ellington
Miles Davis

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What is the name of the Charles Mingus album which had this painting on its cover done by S. Neil Fujita?
I Guess It's Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um
Mr. Mingus, Please Stop
The Mingus Train

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"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" and "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" were both tracks on the album Gospel Train by what artist?
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Bonnie Albright
Mr. Maxwells
Cheyenne Blackwell

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What is the name of the album by Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra that featured such tracks as "A Night In Tunisia" and "Caravan"?
Amerigo
Europa
Asian Moods
Afro

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Way Out West was an influential 50s album that had such songs on it as "I'm an Old Cowhand," "There Is no Greater Love," and "Come, Gone." What artist recorded this album?
Oliver Fremont
Peter Sharpe
Sonny Rollins
Jasper Coleman

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What album by Frank Sinatra featured such hits as "Come Fly with Me," "Autumn In New York," and "Brazil"?
Real Deal Swing
Time's Up
Stationary Swing
Come Fly with Me

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What Nina Simone album featured such songs as "He Needs Me" and "I Loves You Porgy"?
Teardrop Sky
Little Girl Blue
Kings Without Queens
Sing When You Think of Me

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Blue Train was a definitive album by what famous jazz saxophone player?
Oscar Petrain
Waldo Trainor
"A-Train" Roberts
John Coltrane

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Time Out was an album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet which featured what jazz staple that features the line "Stop your busy day and take the time out to see if I'm alive"?
"Sit Down for a Moment"
"Nothing New, Nothing Blue"
"Take Five"
"Stop On By"

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Somethin' Else was an album that Miles Davis helped make but was recorded and released by what other jazz icon?
Louis Armstrong
Duke Ellington
Oscar Bluerose
Cannonball Adderley

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Calypso Is Like So was a major 50s album by what musician who was also famous as an actor for his roles in Cape Fear, El Dorado, and The Story of GI Joe?
Robert Mitchum
Caleb Grosse
Trent Widebeck
Leonard Foght

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What Miles Davis album featured the hit "So What" and went 5X platinum to become what is often cited as one of the best-selling jazz records ever?
Kind of Blue
So What
Footsteps in the Sand
Whirlwind

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What was the name of Elvis Presley's second studio album which featured the songs "Old Shep" and "Love Me"?
Legendary Albums of the 1950s Quiz
The Nashville Review
Tea in the Garden
Meet Elvis
Elvis

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The Thelonious Monk album called Monk's Music featured a cover with an image of what?
Monk sitting in a red wagon.
Monk holding a banana.
Monk hanging upside down from a building.
Monk eating a bowl of cereal.

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What is the name of the Chuck Berry album released in the Fifties which had a famous image of a fruity desert on its cover?
Chuck Berry Is on Top
Pudding Delights
Sweet Tooth Moods
At the Barcelona Cafe

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What Little Richard album from the 50s featured the songs "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Rip It Up"?
Louisiana Rhythm
Here's Little Richard
The Festival's In Town
Thump Thump

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Chet Baker's debut album Chet Baker Sings featured a definitive rendition of what blues staple that has the line "But don't change a hair for me / Not if you care for me"?
"Touch the Sky"
"She Loves the Way"
"My Funny Valentine"
"Sing, Sing, Sing"

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A New Sound . . . A New Star was the debut album of what singer who popularized organ in jazz music?
Jimmy Smith
Glenn Feldman
Robert Oridge
Everett Terrence

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What Martin Denny album featured the songs "China Nights," "Stone God," and "Love Dance"?
Global
Exotica
Fortune
Worldview

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What was the last album by Billie Holiday which released in her lifetime and featured such tracks as "I'm a Fool to Want You" and "Glad to Be Unhappy"?
Bring It Back to Me
Lady In Satin
Strong Winds Blow Dangerously
See You Later

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In the Wee Small Hours was a major hit in the Fifties and featured such songs as "Dancing On the Ceiling," "Deep In a Dream," and "I'll Be Around." What musician recorded this album?
Dean Martin
Frank Sinatra
Duke Ellington
James DuBois

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Duke Ellington's album Such Sweet Thunder was made as a tribute to what famous author?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
William Wordsworth
William Faulkner
William Shakespeare

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What Ray Charles album of the Fifties featured such tracks as "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Am I Blue"?
The Genius of Ray Charles
The Willow Days
Ray Charles Goes to Europe
Flying High

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Soultrane was a hit album from the Fifties which was recorded by what artist?
Brandon Unger
Cannonball Adderley
James Brown
John Coltrane

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"Barnacle Bill the Sailor" and "Chop Suey, Chow Mein" were tracks on the album Breaking It Up by what artist?
Louis Prima
Glenn Stevenson
Hector Ulrick
Nicholas Redridge

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James Brown released his first album Please, Please, Please, alongside what accompanying American blues band?
The Hunting Party
The Famous Flames
King Richard's Merry Men
The Stairsteps

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The Isley Brothers released an album entitled Shout! which featured what hit song that contains the lines, "A little bit softer now. A little bit softer now. A little bit louder now. A little bit louder now"?
"Passageway Through"
"Whispering Lovers"
"Shout!"
"Castles Fall Too"

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