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Quiz about Oldies Against Racism
Quiz about Oldies Against Racism

Oldies Against Racism Trivia Quiz


These ten Oldies all have lyrics that encourage people to care about people, regardless of race or skin colour.

A multiple-choice quiz by skunkee. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
skunkee
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
324,485
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Awards
Top 10% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1972, Three Dog Night sang the following lyrics;

"The ink is black, the page is white,
Together we learn to read and write.
A child is black, a child is white,
The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight."

What was the name of the song?
Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What song did these 1970, Elton John lyrics come from?

"Holy Moses, let us live in peace,
Let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease.
There's a man over there,
What's his colour? I don't care.
He's my brother, let us live in peace."
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Question 3 of 10
3. In 1973, The O'Jays encouraged,

"All of you brothers over in Africa,
Tell all the folks in Egypt and Israel too.
Please don't miss this train at the station,
'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you.
People all over the world, join in..."

What hit song gave us these lyrics?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1973, Stories had a hit with this Hot Chocolate song. What was it called?

"She was black, as the night,
Louie was whiter than white.
Danger, danger when you taste brown sugar,
Louie fell in love overnight.

Nothing bad, it was good.
Louie had the best girl he could.
When he took her home to meet his mama and papa,
Louie knew just where he stood."
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In 1968, Sly and the Family Stone observed that;

"There is a blue one, who can't accept the green one,
For living with a fat one, trying to be a skinny one.
And different strokes, for different folks."

What was the name of this pro-tolerance song?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1971, Paul Revere and the Raiders had a hit with this song.

"They took away our native tongue,
And taught their English to our young.
And all the beads we made by hand,
Are nowadays made in Japan."

What was it called?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In 1970, Neil Young gave us these controversial lyrics. What song were they from?

"I saw cotton and I saw black,
Tall white mansions and little shacks.
Southern man, when will you pay them back?
I heard screaming and bullwhips cracking.
How long? How long?"
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In 1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder reminded us that;

"....live together in perfect harmony,
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don't we?
We all know that people are the same wherever you go.
There is good and bad, in everyone..."

What was the name of the song?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What 1970 Ray Stevens' song opened with these lines?

"Jesus loves the little children,
All the Children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world."
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In 1991, Michael Jackson had a hit with this song. What was it called?

"Now I believe in miracles,
And a miracle has happened tonight.
But if you're thinkin' about my baby,
It don't matter if you're black or white."
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In 1972, Three Dog Night sang the following lyrics; "The ink is black, the page is white, Together we learn to read and write. A child is black, a child is white, The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight." What was the name of the song?

Answer: Black and White

From the album "Seven Separate Fools", "Black and White" was a number one hit, for Three Dog Night, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was actually written by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson in 1954, after the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that outlawed racial segregation in schools.

Although Three Dog Night's version proved to be the most successful one, it was also recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957, with somewhat different lyrics.
2. What song did these 1970, Elton John lyrics come from? "Holy Moses, let us live in peace, Let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease. There's a man over there, What's his colour? I don't care. He's my brother, let us live in peace."

Answer: Border Song

Released on the 1970 album "Elton John" (the one of "Your Song" fame), it was actually the album's first single release. It flopped in the U.K. and only reached Number 92 on Hot 100 chart in the U.S. Aretha Franklin released a version the following year, that made it to the Top 40 list.
Bernie Taupin, Elton's long time writing partner, wrote the lyrics about the sense of alienation he was feeling at the time. Elton added the last verse (the one quoted in the question) to make the song more about bigotry in general.
3. In 1973, The O'Jays encouraged, "All of you brothers over in Africa, Tell all the folks in Egypt and Israel too. Please don't miss this train at the station, 'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you. People all over the world, join in..." What hit song gave us these lyrics?

Answer: Love Train

"Love Train" was the O'Jays only Number one hit, but it hit number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B Singles charts. It was released on their album "Back Stabbers".
The song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it was also covered by The Supremes and The Rolling Stones.
4. In 1973, Stories had a hit with this Hot Chocolate song. What was it called? "She was black, as the night, Louie was whiter than white. Danger, danger when you taste brown sugar, Louie fell in love overnight. Nothing bad, it was good. Louie had the best girl he could. When he took her home to meet his mama and papa, Louie knew just where he stood."

Answer: Brother Louie

Hot Chocolate had a hit with the song in the U.K. but it was the Stories who took it to number one on Billboard Hot 100 in the States, the same year.
The song was written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson of Hot Chocolate.
The song has been covered by many other artists, including Bon Jovi, Code Red and Modern Talking, and has been used in the movies "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006) and "Zodiac" (2007).
5. In 1968, Sly and the Family Stone observed that; "There is a blue one, who can't accept the green one, For living with a fat one, trying to be a skinny one. And different strokes, for different folks." What was the name of this pro-tolerance song?

Answer: Everyday People

"Everyday People" was released in advance of the album "Stand!", which it was on. It was the first number one hit for Sly and the Family Stone, staying on top on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks.
It was written by Sly Stone and has been covered by many artists, including Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Peggy Lee, Joan Jett and Pearl Jam.
6. In 1971, Paul Revere and the Raiders had a hit with this song. "They took away our native tongue, And taught their English to our young. And all the beads we made by hand, Are nowadays made in Japan." What was it called?

Answer: Indian Reservation

The full name of the song, written by John Loudermilk, was "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)". It was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater as "Pale Faced Indian". Don Fardon released a version in 1970 that reached number 20 on Billboard's Hot 100.
It was the 1971 version by Paul Revere and the Raiders, which has also been referred to as "Cherokee Nation", that made it to number one.
7. In 1970, Neil Young gave us these controversial lyrics. What song were they from? "I saw cotton and I saw black, Tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern man, when will you pay them back? I heard screaming and bullwhips cracking. How long? How long?"

Answer: Southern Man

"Southern Man" was released on Young's album, "After the Gold Rush". The song was written by Canadian Neil Young, and talked about the time when slavery was legal in the States, and prevalent in the southern plantations. It touched a few raw nerves, and the band Lynyrd Skynyrd allegedly wrote the song "Sweet Home Alabama" in response. It contains the verse;
"Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her.
Well I heard ole Neil put her down.
I hope Neil Young will remember,
A southern man don't need him around anyhow."
8. In 1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder reminded us that; "....live together in perfect harmony, Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don't we? We all know that people are the same wherever you go. There is good and bad, in everyone..." What was the name of the song?

Answer: Ebony and Ivory

"Ebony and Ivory" was released as a single in 1982. It reached number one in both the U.K. and the U.S. It was also released on McCartney's "Tug of War" album. McCartney wrote the song, which he performed with Stevie Wonder.
McCartney was inspired to write the song by Spike Milligan, who once commented that both black notes and white notes were needed to make a song.
9. What 1970 Ray Stevens' song opened with these lines? "Jesus loves the little children, All the Children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, They are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world."

Answer: Everything is Beautiful

While Stevens wrote and recorded "Everything is Beautiful" (and had a number one hit with it on the Billboard Hot 100 chart), the lyrics quoted above actually come from the hymn "Jesus Loves the Little Children". "Everything is Beautiful" opened with a children's choir (including Stevens' own two kids) singing the above verse and then segued into the line, "Everything is beautiful in its own way."
10. In 1991, Michael Jackson had a hit with this song. What was it called? "Now I believe in miracles, And a miracle has happened tonight. But if you're thinkin' about my baby, It don't matter if you're black or white."

Answer: Black or White

"Black or White" was written by Michael Jackson, with rap lyrics contributed by Bill Bottrell. The first single released from Jackson's "Dangerous" album, it was number one on Billboard Hot 100, and just about every other chart it touched.
Source: Author skunkee

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