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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.
Les Paul
Ben Gibson
Strother Martin
Max Dumbrowski

Question 2:

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

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
Rose Marie
Ella Fitzgerald
Connie Francis

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."
Leslie Gore
Connie Francis
Ella Fitzgerald
Dionne Warwick

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
David Sancius and Guy Tallant
Roy Bitton and Suki Carter
Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons

Question 7:

This singer was the only female member of The Fugees. She also acted in "Sister Act II."
Lauryn Hill
Leslie Gore
Patti Smith
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.
Bill Evans
Tony Mottola
Wyclef Jean
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?
Jersey City
West New York

Question 11:

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

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.
Cozy Cole
Bill Evans
Tommy Mottola
Tony Mottola

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"?
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Charlie Barnet
Bennie Goodman
William Basie


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