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Quiz about The Day the Music Died
Quiz about The Day the Music Died

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How well do you remember these rock musicians who passed away long before their time?

A multiple-choice quiz by nmerr. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
nmerr
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
388,755
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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897
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Question 1 of 10
1. The lead singer of the post-punk rock band, Joy Division, committed suicide on the night before the band was to tour the U.S. for the first time. Who was this tragic singer/songwriter who was just 23 when he died? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. When you start out in life with a mother who is a junkie and a father who disappears after you're born, that doesn't exactly pave the way to success in life. Which bass guitarist for the punk band Sex Pistols died from a heroin overdose at age 21? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. As with many other rock musicians before and since, the lead singer of the alternative rock band, Mother Love Bone, died from a heroin overdose at age 24, even though he was in rehab to overcome his drug dependency. Name this musician who died long before he should have. Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Among the giants of rock bands, the Grateful Dead had an extensive following affectionately known as Deadheads. Which singer, known as Pigpen, was personally asked by Jerry Garcia to join what would eventually morph into the band known as the Grateful Dead? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This soulful female rocker with a raspy voice died of a drug overdose at 27. She went by the name Pearl and came into her own when she joined the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. By what name was she better known? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Not all rock musicians die from overdosing on drugs, although many do. Two musicians from the 1970's rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash. One was Ronnie Van Zant. Who was the other? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The Summer of Love (1967) produced the type of music that reflected the California lifestyle at that time. The band known as The Mamas & the Papas was no different. As one of two female vocalists and the last to join the group, this singer had already established herself as a vocalist. Which "Mama" went on to become a successful solo artist, albeit short-lived, after the band broke up? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The lead singer of the indie rock band Blind Melon was so addicted to cocaine that he followed a path of self-destructive behavior that resulted in his premature death at 28. Name the band's lead singer. Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. After the metal band, Metallica, had finished playing a gig in Sweden, the tour bus in which they were traveling skidded off the road and landed in a ditch, killing the band's bass guitarist. What was the name of that guitarist? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The suicide of Linkin Park's lead vocalist shocked fans, band members, and fellow musicians alike. He was 41 at the time of his death. What was his name? Hint



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1. The lead singer of the post-punk rock band, Joy Division, committed suicide on the night before the band was to tour the U.S. for the first time. Who was this tragic singer/songwriter who was just 23 when he died?

Answer: Ian Curtis

Curtis was born in Macclesfield, an industrial town located in northern England. He learned to play bass guitar at a young age and later formed the band Joy Division. Curtis was epileptic and struggled with the disease. His life began spiraling out of control when he began an affair while still married to his wife, who in turn filed for divorce. Those close to the singer believe the medications he was taking for epilepsy contributed to his suicide.

His signature song, "Love Will Tear Us Apart", is inscribed on his tombstone.
2. When you start out in life with a mother who is a junkie and a father who disappears after you're born, that doesn't exactly pave the way to success in life. Which bass guitarist for the punk band Sex Pistols died from a heroin overdose at age 21?

Answer: Sid Vicious

Before joining the influential punk rock band, Sid Vicious, born John Ritchie, played drums for Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Flowers of Romance, also punk rock bands. The charismatic but troubled musician and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, were big news for a while, especially after her mysterious death from a stab wound. Sid was charged with her murder.

Not long after, Sid himself died from a drug overdose. Some have claimed that his own mother admitted to killing her son in order to prevent him from going to prison. Whatever the truth, any secrets connected to the deaths of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen have long been buried.
3. As with many other rock musicians before and since, the lead singer of the alternative rock band, Mother Love Bone, died from a heroin overdose at age 24, even though he was in rehab to overcome his drug dependency. Name this musician who died long before he should have.

Answer: Andrew Wood

The Seattle grunge scene was huge in the 1990s, due in part to talented grunge musicians Andrew Wood, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, and others. Wood hailed from the state of Washington, so becoming a member of a grunge band in Seattle during those years seemed natural.

His larger-than-life stage persona made him stand out. After Wood's death, two of his band members, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, went on to form another rock band. The name of that band? Pearl Jam.
4. Among the giants of rock bands, the Grateful Dead had an extensive following affectionately known as Deadheads. Which singer, known as Pigpen, was personally asked by Jerry Garcia to join what would eventually morph into the band known as the Grateful Dead?

Answer: Ron McKernan

The Grateful Dead had several incarnations before reaching the pinnacle of success with their eclectic sound. With his soulful voice, Ron McKernan, at the young age of sixteen, was personally chosen by Jerry Garcia to join what was then Garcia's band, the Zodiacs.

The rest was history, albeit a short one for McKernan. While other rock stars medicated themselves with drugs, he chose Southern Comfort. He reluctantly joined the 27 Club(singers who have died at age 27) when he was found dead from internal bleeding.
5. This soulful female rocker with a raspy voice died of a drug overdose at 27. She went by the name Pearl and came into her own when she joined the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. By what name was she better known?

Answer: Janis Joplin

Joplin was born in Texas in 1943. Like many of her generation, she chafed at the rules imposed by society. She became part of the counterculture that dominated much of the 1960s. In the summer of 1967 Janis, along with Big Brother and the Holding Company, performed on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival.

She was a hit. In 1969, along with many popular bands of the day, Janis sang at the historic Woodstock rock festival. A restless spirit, she often seemed troubled and turned to drugs and alcohol to ease her pain.

Her pivotal song "Piece of My Heart" endeared her to a generation of rock fans since much of what she experienced in life was poignantly reflected in her music. Janis Joplin died of an overdose of heroin in the fall of 1970.
6. Not all rock musicians die from overdosing on drugs, although many do. Two musicians from the 1970's rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash. One was Ronnie Van Zant. Who was the other?

Answer: Steve Gaines

Who can forget the rock anthem "Sweet Home Alabama" which appeared on the band's second and biggest selling album, "Second Helping"? Steve Gaines took over as guitarist for the band after they had already become established. The band's Southern style drew many fans.

At the time of the crash, Lynyrd Skynyrd was heading for Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a tour that had, until that point, been going well. Also killed in the crash were Steve's sister, Cassie, road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and both pilots.
7. The Summer of Love (1967) produced the type of music that reflected the California lifestyle at that time. The band known as The Mamas & the Papas was no different. As one of two female vocalists and the last to join the group, this singer had already established herself as a vocalist. Which "Mama" went on to become a successful solo artist, albeit short-lived, after the band broke up?

Answer: Cass Elliot

Due to infidelities and bickering between members of the band, The Mamas & The Papas broke up after only three years together. Cass, born Ellen Cohen, was as much into hard drugs as the members of her band and other bands popular at that time. After The Mamas & The Papas broke up, sold-out concerts at the London Palladium solidified her career as a solo performer, interrupted only by her death in 1974 from a heart attack.
8. The lead singer of the indie rock band Blind Melon was so addicted to cocaine that he followed a path of self-destructive behavior that resulted in his premature death at 28. Name the band's lead singer.

Answer: Shannon Hoon

After the birth of his daughter, Hoon tried to come clean. The Indiana native had hired a personal drug counselor to be by his side day and night. Unfortunately, by that time Hoon was so addicted to cocaine that he overdosed and died in his sleep. His drug counselor was not present, having been fired by Hoon days earlier.

After Noon's death, Blind Melon continued on for a few more years with a new vocalist until they broke up in 1999.
9. After the metal band, Metallica, had finished playing a gig in Sweden, the tour bus in which they were traveling skidded off the road and landed in a ditch, killing the band's bass guitarist. What was the name of that guitarist?

Answer: Cliff Burton

Cliff Burton was 24 at the time of his death. At age 13 he began learning to play the guitar, honing his skills and later performing with his first band, Trauma. Noticed for his technical skills, two members of Metallica invited him to join their band to replace their bass guitarist. What caused the bus to crash that fateful day? The bus driver claimed that the bus hit a patch of black ice on the road, although no black ice was found on that stretch of road. Band member Kirk Hammett has maintained that he smelled alcohol on the driver. Whatever the cause of the crash, the bus driver was ultimately not held responsible.
10. The suicide of Linkin Park's lead vocalist shocked fans, band members, and fellow musicians alike. He was 41 at the time of his death. What was his name?

Answer: Chester Bennington

Bennington had a big voice and knew how to use it. Before he fronted Linkin Park he sang lead vocals for Stone Temple Pilots as well as his own band, Dead by Sunrise. He began using drugs at an early age but eventually overcame his addictions. He was close friends with Chris Cornell, lead vocalist of Soundgarden, who committed suicide in the exact manner as Bennington two months earlier. Bennington left behind a wife, six children, and many grieving fans.
Source: Author nmerr

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