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Great Musicians From New Jersey

written by: shimonbentzvi
Many famous musicians were born in and/or lived in New jersey. This is a quiz on these people.

Question 1:

This great musician was born in Wisconsin but lived for many years in Mahwah, New Jersey. He is most responsible for the development of the unibody electric guitar. Unfortunately, he died in August of 2009.
Ben Gibson
Max Dumbrowski
Les Paul
Strother Martin

Question 2:

She was called "Sassy" and was one of the greatest jazz vocalists.
Shirley Horne
Sarah Vaughan
Lena Horne
Ella Fitzgerald

Question 3:

"Sherry" was the first big hit of this group that featured four "Jersey Boys".
The Four Seasons
The Four Bells
The Four Feshmen
The Four Lads

Question 4:

Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, born in Newark, N.J., is better known by this name.
Lelsie Gore
Ella Fitzgerald
Connie Francis
Rose Marie

Question 5:

This singer hit the pop charts with "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want to" and "Now It's Judy's Turn to Cry."
Dionne Warwick
Ella Fitzgerald
Connie Francis
Leslie Gore

Question 6:

Bruce Springsteen is from New Jersey. Can you name the two Jersey-born drummers for the E Street Band that periodically toured and recorded with Bruce Springsteen?
Vini Lopez and Max Weinberg
Roy Bitton and Suki Carter
Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons
David Sancius and Guy Tallant

Question 7:

This singer was the only female member of The Fugees. She also acted in "Sister Act II."
Leslie Gore
Patti Smith
Lauryn Hill
Patti Smyth

Question 8:

This former member of The Fugees was born in Haiti, lived for a short time in Brooklyn, NY and then moved to New Jersey.
Wyclef Jean
Tony Mottola
Bill Evans
Charles Basie

Question 9:

Whitney Houston's mother and aunt have both won Grammy Awards.

Question 10:

Where in New Jersey was Frank Sinatra born?
West New York
Jersey City

Question 11:

This famous guitarist was discovered while in rehab at a Synanon Center.
Tony Mottola
Joe Pass
Clint Black
Bill Evans

Question 12:

This famous drummer had a pop hit with "Topsy Part 2." He played with Cab Calloway, The Louis Armstrong All Stars, and many other famous jazz orchestras.
Bill Evans
Tony Mottola
Tommy Mottola
Cozy Cole

Question 13:

This New Jersey group had big hits with "Sylvia's Mother", "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" and "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone".
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
Dr. DeMento and the Medicine Show
Dr. Obama and the National Medicine Show
Dr. John and the Medicine Show

Question 14:

"Ladies' Night", "Celebration", "Get Down on It , "Jungle Boogie" and "Fresh" were hits for this group.
Finn and Haddie
Hall and Oates
Kool and the Gang
K.C. and the Sunshine Company

Question 15:

This New Jersey musician is most famous as the arranger and musical director for Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis and Peggy Lee. Linda Ronstadt had two Platinum albums featuring his arrangements.
Bill Evans
John Phillip Astor
Nelson Riddle
Neal Hefti

Question 16:

Although he is most often associated with Kansas City, this great band leader was born in New Jersey. Who is this jazz great whose big band was featured in the last scene of the 1974 movie "Blazing Saddles"?
William Basie
Bennie Goodman
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Charlie Barnet


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