Buddy Holly And The Crickets / Little Richard

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Buddy Holly Quizzes & Trivia

A quick quiz to check your knowledge of the features of Buddy Holly and Little Richard's style.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Buddy Holly had a distinctive vocal style, almost like a vocal "hiccup". What is this technique called?
    • A. 

      A melisma

    • B. 

      A glottal stop

  • 2. 
    Holly was responsible for popularizing the ____________ __________________, especially in England.
  • 3. 
    The band experimented with their sound a lot, including how they mixed their songs. Which of the following did they NOT use?
    • A. 

      Double-tracked vocals

    • B. 

      Applied different EQ and reverb FX to each track

    • C. 

      Lead and rhythm guitars closely interlocked to create a fuller sound

    • D. 

      Changes in volume and timbre on guitar

  • 4. 
    Buddy Holly and the Crickets were very popular in England. The young people could identify with their sound because of the heavy use of rhythm guitar which fitted in with skiffle music. Skiffle music was British youth's most common introduction to playing music and also their way into rock & roll. What is skiffle music?
    • A. 

      A mix of country and jazz music

    • B. 

      A style derived mainly from British folk music

    • C. 

      A mix of blues, folk, country and jazz elements

  • 5. 
    At the time, artists were made to record in their label's own studio in a specific time alloted to them under strict union guidelines. How did Buddy Holly and the Crickets react to this?
    • A. 

      They followed the rules and the more famous they became, the more studio time their label gave them.

    • B. 

      They worked within the union guidelines but had extra hours in the studio.

    • C. 

      They broke the union rules and went to their manager's studio rather than their label's so that they could spend as long as they wanted getting the right sound.

  • 6. 
    Did they write most of their own songs?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 7. 
    The group had an original sound which influenced the next wave of rock & roll; early British rock & roll and the subsequent British Invasion beat. What were the characteristics of this sound?
    • A. 

      They played their songs at a faster tempo than their contemporaries.

    • B. 

      They used an unusual combination of instruments for a rock & roll band, including trombones and a marimba.

    • C. 

      The lead and rhythm guitars were closely interlocked, giving a fuller, harder timbre.

  • 8. 
    What was the "British Invasion" in the 60s?
    • A. 

      A term coined by the media to describe the influx of British performers (mainly rock & roll and pop) who became popular in America and Canada.

    • B. 

      A term coined by the media to describe the popular fashions at the time in America and Canada that came from Britain.

    • C. 

      A term coined by the media when talking about how Austin Powers and other agents came to be working in America.

  • 9. 
    Little Richard merged gospel and....
    • A. 

      Jazz

    • B. 

      Funk

    • C. 

      New Orleans R&B

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is NOT a feature of Little Richard's musical style?
    • A. 

      Exciting piano parts

    • B. 

      Extravagant vocal lines

    • C. 

      Flute riffs

    • D. 

      A heavily accented back-beat

    • E. 

      Funky saxophone grooves

  • 11. 
    What was special about his vocal lines?
    • A. 

      He sometimes shouted, delivered his vocal lines at a fast speed and added trills, moans and screams.

    • B. 

      He covered an extremely large range of over four octaves.

    • C. 

      He sang in a very relaxed way, putting in lots of slides between notes.

  • 12. 
    Name a famous Little Richard hit.(By the way, there wasn't enough room in the answers option to add "Keep a Knockin'", "The Girl Can't Help It", "Slippin'" or "Slidin'", so don't put any of those for your answer)!!!!
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