College of Rock Knowledge

Tuesday 9/7/21

CCR had played as a band since 1959 under other names like the Blue Velvets, Vision, and the Golliwogs. But what year did they give themselves the name and start recording and performing as Creedence Clearwater Revival?

  • Either late 1967, or January 1968 are both acceptable

Tuesday 6/1/21

Lyrical Challenge: Shed a tear cause I’m missing you / I’m still alright to smile / Girl I think bout you every day now

  • “Patience” by Guns ‘N’ Roses

Friday 5/28/21

Which legendary guitarist earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1968, and nearly four decades later received his PhD in astrophysics?

  • Brian May (Queen)

Thursday 5/27/21

What is the name of the them song to M*A*S*H?

  • Suicide is Painless

Wednesday 5/26/21

Which song is playing over John Cusack’s boom-box in the 1989 film Say Anything?

  • “In You Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

Tuesday 5/25/21

Which band’s greatest hits album is titled 10 From 6?

  • Bad Company

Monday 5/24/21

Lyrical Challenge: Everybody’s lookin’ for somethin’ / Somethin’ to fill in the holes / We think a lot but don’t talk much about it / ’Til things get out of control?

  • “When It’s Love” by Van Halen

Friday 5/21/21

Which band’s founding member/guitarist disappeared before a show because he ran off to join a “Children of God” cult, and never rejoined the band?

  • Fleetwood Mac (Jeremy Spencer)

Thursday 5/20/21

Lyrical Challenge - I listen to our favorite song playing on the radio / Hear the DJ say love’s a game of easy come, easy go

  • “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison

Wednesday 5/19/21

What do Pete Townsend of The Who, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, and Joey Ramone have in common?

  • They share their birthday, which is today - May 19

Tuesday 5/18/21

Which guitar legend makes a cameo on The Beatles “My Guitar Gently Weeps”?

  • Eric Clapton

Monday 5/17/21

Which Tom Petty song was written in response to the burning down of his house by an arsonist in 1987?

  • I Won’t Back Down

Friday 5/14/21

Which band, named after a Herman Hesse novel, lent what would become their biggest hit to the soundtrack of the 1969 counterculture classic, Easy Rider?

  • Steppenwolf

Thursday 5/13/21

The last surviving member of the classic 6-piece lineup of Molly Hatchet passed away in 2020. Who was it?

  • Steve Holland

Wednesday 5/12/21

What was Van Halen’s first #1 hit and only #1 with David Lee Roth?

  • Jump

Tuesday 5/11/21

Guess the song using only the opening line, “It’s all the same / only the names will change”?

  • “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

Monday 5/10/21

Which 1984 Tom Hanks film did Tawny Kataen appear in?

  • Bachelor Party

Friday 5/7/21

Ten weeks after entering the Billboard singles chart, The Eagles masterpiece, “Hotel California” became the band’s fourth US #1 hit, on this date in 1977. What were their first three #1s?

  • Best of My Love, One of These Nights, New Kid in Town

Thursday 5/6/21

“Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then” is a lyric from which Bob Seger song? Ps. Today is his birthday!

  • Against the Wind

Wednesday 5/5/21

Which song on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album “Hard Promises” is a duet with Stevie Knicks, that was originally supposed to be on her album, “Bella Donna”?

  • Insider - He felt it was a better fit for his record and gave her “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” for “Bella Donna”

Tuesday 5/4/21

Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” was originally recorded as a duet with who? Her record label wouldn’t sign off on it so her vocals were scrubbed.

  • Chaka Kahn

Monday 5/3/21

Which 1978 movie about the struggles of a radio station flopped at the box office, but its soundtrack featuring Steely Dan, Steve Miller, The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel, and more was huge, selling more than a million copies?

  • FM

Friday 4/30/21

Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Pattie Boyd and a few others sang the chorus on which 1967 Beatles song?

  • All You Need is Love

Thursday 4/29/21

Lyrical Challenge: My cat is purring / It scratches my skin / So what is wrong with another sin?

  • Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions

Wednesday 4/28/21

As teenagers, Lita Ford and Joan Jett got their start in which band?

  • The Runaways

Tuesday 4/27/21

Who married Bond Girl, Barbara Bach, on this date in 1981? HINT: They met a year earlier on the set of “Caveman”.

  • Ringo Starr

Monday 4/26/21

Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for which song in 1993?

  • Streets of Philadelphia

Friday 4/23/21

What was the first song played in space on December 16th, 1965?

  • Jingle Bells

Thursday 4/22/21

What did John Winston Lennon legally change his name to, on this date in 1969?

  • John Winston Ono Lennon

Wednesday 4/21/21

Which song’s original recording appeared in the movie American Beauty, and its remake appeared in Forrest Gump, Rush, Watchmen and A Bronx Tale?

  • All Along the Watchtower

Tuesday 4/20/21

The three recording artists to have sold over 100 million albums globally both as part of a band and as a solo artist are Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and who?

  • Phil Collins

Monday 4/19/21

Blondie scored their second Billboard #1 hit with “Call Me” on this date in 1980. What was their first chart topper?

  • Heart of Glass

Friday 4/16/21

What band produced the three legendary guitarists: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton?

  • The Yardbirds

Thursday 4/15/21

Lyrical Challenge: “I know you think that love is the way you make it / So I don’t want to be there when you decide to break it”

  • “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Lepperd

Wednesday 4/14/21

Which Classic Rock band started off as a punk band named, Mr. Crowes Garden?

  • The Black Crowes

Tuesday 4/13/21

I’ll give you the first 8 words of a song and you give me the artist and title: “Just take those old records off the shelf

  • “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger

Monday 4/12/21

Which Beatle is barefoot on the cover of their Abbey Road album?

  • Paul McCartney

Friday 4/9/21

Which bassist announced his engagement to an 18 year-old on this date (4/9) in 1989? The 52 year-old had been dating her since she was 13 with consent from her mother. The marriage would last 2 years.

  • Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones

Thursday 4/8/21

Lyrical Challenge: “A gathering of angels / Appeared above my head / They sang to me this song of hope / And this is what they said”

  • Come Sail Away” by Styx

Wednesday 4/7/21

In the summer of 1967, which future rock legend, hoping to become better known in America, signed on to open for The Monkees’ first American tour, quitting after only 8 shows?

  • Jimi Hendrix

Tuesday 4/6/21

Which Band was Brian Johnson in before he joined AC/DC?

  • Geordie

Wednesday 3/31/21

Who had Malocclusion, a hereditary dental condition that left him with four extra teeth in his mouth?

  • Freddie Mercury

Tuesday 3/30/21

Paul Hewson comes in at #32 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Greatest Singers of all time. By what name is Paul Hewson better known?

  • Bono

Monday 3/29/21

Lyrical Challenge: Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb / Maybe get a blister on your little finger / Maybe get a blister on your thumb

  • “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits

Wednesday 3/24/21

Which band was recording their first album at Abbey Road Studios in an adjacent studio to The Beatles, as they were recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in 1967?

  • Pink Floyd - “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” - Which would be retitled, “Pink Floyd” for it’s U.S. release

Tuesday 3/23/21

Lyrical Challenge: The moon appears to shine and light the skies / With the help of some fireflies / I wonder how they have the power to shine, shine, shine / I can see them under the pine”

  • “Baby I love Your Way” by Peter Frampton

Monday 3/22/21

The Beatles “Please, Please Me” stayed at the top of the U.K. charts for 30 weeks until it was replaced by which Beatles album?

  • Kind of a trick question - “With the Beatles” was their second U.K release but was split over two albums once it was released in the U.S., “Introducing... The Beatles” and “Meet the Beatles”.

Friday 3/12/21

Who did Ronnie Platt replace in the band Kansas in 2014?

  • Steve Walsh

Thursday 3/11/21

According to Guinness World Records - George Gershwin’s “Summertime” is the most recorded song in history. Which Beatles’ song is second?

  • Yesterday

Wednesday 3/10/21

Here’s a lyrical challenge: “Am I sitting in a tin can / Far above the world / Planet Earth is blue / And there’s nothing I can do”

  • “Space Oddity” by David Bowie

Tuesday 3/9/21

Released on this date in 1987, which U2 album is their best selling album with 25 million sold?

  • Joshua Tree

Monday 3/8/21

Who is Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. better known as?

  • Nikki Sixx

Friday 3/5/21

What song does this lyric come from? Why don’t you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see?

  • “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin

Thursday 3/4/21

Who sings the opening line, “I want my MTV”, on the Dire Straits song, Money For Nothing?

  • Sting

Wednesday 3/3/21

Which Eagle artist was the first major artist to convert his entire catalogue (15 albums + 4 greatest Hits) to Compact Disc?

  • David Bowie

Tuesday 3/2/21

Which was the first album to sell 1 million copies on compact disc?

  • Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms” (1985)

Monday 3/1/21

Who was arrested for indecent exposure and profanity after a concert in Miami, on this date in 1969?

  • Jim Morrison (His sentence was still on appeal when he died in 1971)

Friday 2/26/21

Who went to prison in 1965 for failing to pay fines stemming from a burglary conviction? He also went back to prison in 1989 for attempting to kill his wife.

  • Ozzy Osbourne

Thursday 2/25/21

Which rock legend spent 9 days in jail after Tokyo customs officials found nearly a half-pound of marijuana in his luggage?

  • Paul McCartney

Wednesday 2/24/21

Which future legends of rock took over as the house band at The Station Hotel near London, on this date in 1963? They played to approx. 66 people every Sunday for 67 USD per gig. It’s also the place where The Beatles would first see and meet them.

  • The Rolling Stones

Tuesday 2/23/21

The front cover artwork for the Eagle’s album Hotel California features a photograph of which California hotel?

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel

Monday 2/22/21

What is the name of the 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year and the rocker who married her?

  • Shannon Tweed & Gene Simmons (KISS)

Friday 2/19/21

“Blinded By The Light” reached the top of charts on this date in 1977. However, it did not have any commercial success when it was released 4 years earlier by the artist who wrote it. Which was who?

  • Bruce Springsteen

Thursday 2/18/21

Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” was written and dedicated to which former member of the band who had become increasingly unstable?

  • Syd Barrett

Wednesday 2/17/21

The Hollywood Sportatorium, once known as “The Rock Mecca of South Florida”, played host to the final show of which band, on this date in 1973? HINT - Two members of the band, Paul Roger and Simon Kirke, would start another band later that year.

  • Free

Tuesday 2/16/21

Which song is heard during the opening and closing credits of John Hughes’ movie, “The Breakfast Club”?

  • “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” - Simple Minds

Monday 2/15/21

Which song do these lyrics come from?

“Gold watch, diamond ring - I ain’t missin’ not a single thing - Cufflinks, stick pin - When I step out I’m gonna do you in”

  • “Sharp Dressed Man” - ZZ Top

Friday 2/12/21

Which artist played with The Castiles, Earth, Steel Mill and Dr Zoom And The Sonic Boom before hooking up with the first incarnation of his now-legendary band in 1972?

  • Bruce Springsteen

Thursday 2/11/21

In October of 1962, The Beatles released which song as their first single ever?

  • Love Me Do (It reached #17 on the charts)

Wednesday 2/10/21

Which legendary rock band won a Grammy in 2008 for “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group” for the song “How Long”?

  • The Eagles

Tuesday 2/9/21

Which band made their first appearance on which American television show while 73 million people watched. on this date in 1964?

  • The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

Monday 2/8/21

Which rock legend appeared in his first TV commercial titled “The Middle” during the Super Bowl 55 last night?

  • Bruce Springsteen

Friday 2/5/21

What 3 songs did The Rolling Stones perform during the SB-XL half-time show in 2006?

  • “Start Me Up”, “Rough Justice” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

Thursday 2/4/21

Selling over 18 million copies and beating out the Eagles “Hotel California” for Album of the Year, which album was released on this date in 1977?

  • “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac

Wednesday 2/3/21

What was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers first Top 10 single, peaking at #10 in 1979?

  • “Don’t Do Me Like That”

Tuesday 2/2/21

Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. However, it wasn’t his song. Which band first released the song in 1968?

  • Fleetwood Mac

Monday - 2/1/21

Which Eagles’ band member made his acting debut on what TV show on this date, 1985?

  • Glenn Frey - Miami Vice in an episode called “Smuggler’s Blues”

Friday - 1/22/21

According to the coroner’s report, which legendary roxker had the equivalent of 40 shots of vodka in his system when he died, September 25th, 1980?

  • John Bonham of Led Zeppelin

Thursday - 1/21/21

Which album are these 3 songs from?

  1. Photograph
  2. Too Late For Love
  3. Foolin’
  • Def Leppard – Pyromania (1983)

Tuesday - 1/19/2021

One of the most legendary moments in Rock-N-Roll history occurred on the date 1/20/82 at an Ozzy Osbourne concert. What was it?

  • Ozzy bit the head off a bat

Monday - 1/18/2021

Which lead singer scored a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT test, played harmonica on Thin Lizzy’s 1978 album Live and Dangerous, and was the only artist to have his entire band to perform on the song “We are the world”?

  • Huey Lewis
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