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That Was The Year That Was: Pop Music 1965 Quiz


Do you know what happened in the pop music world of 1965? Play the sixth quiz in this series if you remember, or want to find out. UK chart: Guinness book of British Hit Singles & Albums. US chart: Joel Whitburn's Billboard book of Top Pop Singles.

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Question 1 of 15
1. In 1965 Peter & Gordon had a US Top Ten hit with "I Go To Pieces" written by Del Shannon. Shannon himself returned to the Billboard Top Ten in 1965, for the first time since 1961. What was the title of his Top Ten hit with these lyrics?

"No one will understand what I've gotta do
I've gotta find a place to hide with my baby by my side
She's been hurt so much, they treat her mean and cruel
They try to keep us far apart, there's only one thing left we can do"
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Question 2 of 15
2. The son of a famous actor/singer was the leader of the group that sang "This Diamond Ring". What is his name? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. When will they ever learn? Leave your group to go solo and oblivion awaits. Wayne Fontana was the lead singer of the group that sang "The Game Of Love". What was the name of that group? Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. Shirley Ellis must be the Queen of nonsense songs. Which song of hers are these lyrics from?

"Three six nine the goose drank wine
The monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little row boat"
Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. The Australian group The Seekers were very popular in the UK in the mid '60s and had two Top Ten hits in the USA. Who was the lead singer? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. Which 1965 record involving a cat, a buffalo and a dance, sold three million copies yet never made the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. A certain Mr. Woodward had his first UK hit this year with a song containing these words. Who is he better known as?

"Love will never do what you want it to
Why can't this crazy love be mine"
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Question 8 of 15
8. "Help Me, Rhonda" gave The Beach Boys their second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The original version as "Help Me, Ronda" was on an album along with the hits "Do You Wanna Dance", "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" and "Dance, Dance, Dance". What is the title of that 1965 Beach Boys album? Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. Was it all over for the "King" we asked at the time? This record was Elvis Presley's last UK number one hit of the '60s. What is the title of the song with these lyrics?

"I've searched and I've searched
But I couldn't find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind"
Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. The Byrds had a number one hit this year, with a song from the 1965 Bob Dylan album "Bringing It All Back Home". What is the title of the song with these lyrics?

"All my senses have been stripped
And my hands can't feel to grip
And my toes too numb to step
Wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'"
Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. Released in the US two months before being released at home in the UK was a Rolling Stones record with these lyrics. What is the title of the song?

"But he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke
The same cigarettes as me"
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Question 12 of 15
12. The movie "When The Boys Meet The Girls" could only have happened in the '60s. All together in one movie were Louis Armstrong, Connie Francis, Liberace and Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs. There was also one British group in the movie, they must have thought it was something good. Who were they? Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. Barry McGuire warned us about the "Eve Of Destruction" in '65. What group did he sing with prior to this apocalyptic warning when he still had three wheels on his wagon? Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. Only one American group had three number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. Who were they? Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. At one time in the U. S. A., The Dave Clark Five were considered pretenders to The Beatles throne. What was the title of their only US number one hit with these lyrics?

"All at once it happened
The prettiest in the world
I said a-won't you come over and a-talk to me, and be my girl
I said a-won't you come over and a-talk to me, and be my girl
I said a-won't you come over and a-talk to me, and be my girl"
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1. In 1965 Peter & Gordon had a US Top Ten hit with "I Go To Pieces" written by Del Shannon. Shannon himself returned to the Billboard Top Ten in 1965, for the first time since 1961. What was the title of his Top Ten hit with these lyrics? "No one will understand what I've gotta do I've gotta find a place to hide with my baby by my side She's been hurt so much, they treat her mean and cruel They try to keep us far apart, there's only one thing left we can do"

Answer: Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)

"Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)" was written by Del Shannon. It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 for him in 1965. It peaked at number three on the UK singles chart the same year.

Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, in 1934. He first hit the Billboard Hot 100 with "Runaway" which spent four weeks at number one in 1961. He was ahead of his time, being among a small number of singer/songwriters. "Hats Off To Larry" (number five in 1961) and "Little Town Flirt" (number 12 in 1963) were his only other Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. His chart comeback in the middle of the British invasion was also his last hurrah as "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)" was his last Top 20 hit in the US and UK.

Del Shannon was very popular in the UK where he had eight Top Ten hits on the singles chart between 1961 and 1965. This included the number one hit "Runaway" which topped the UK singles chart for three weeks in 1961. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
2. The son of a famous actor/singer was the leader of the group that sang "This Diamond Ring". What is his name?

Answer: Gary Lewis (Jerry Lewis)

"This Diamond Ring" was written by Al Kooper/Bob Brass/Irwin Levine. It was number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for Gary Lewis & The Playboys in 1965. It did not chart in the UK.

Drummer Gary Lewis born Gary Harold Lee Levitch in 1946, was the son of actor/comedian/singer Jerry Lewis. "This Diamond Ring" was first recorded by Sammy Ambrose in 1964. His version did not chart and he never had any hits on the Billboard Hot 100. On the version by Garry Lewis & The Playboys, Gary Lewis's voice was supported by overdubs by The Ron Hicklin Singers and The Playboys only played their instruments on the backing tracks.

The music was performed by members of The Wrecking Crew, Hal Blaine (drums), Joe Osborn (bass) and Leon Russell (keyboards). Even the songwriter Al Kooper was unhappy about the recordings of his song, he would have preferred a group like The Drifters to have recorded it.
3. When will they ever learn? Leave your group to go solo and oblivion awaits. Wayne Fontana was the lead singer of the group that sang "The Game Of Love". What was the name of that group?

Answer: The Mindbenders

"Game Of Love" was written by Hank Ballard Jr. It peaked at number two on the UK singles chart for Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders in 1965. It was number one for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year.

Wayne Fontana was born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in Levenshulme, Manchester, England, in 1945. He formed The Mindbenders in 1963, their name was taken from the 1963 movie "The Mind Benders", starring Sir Dirk Bogarde. Wayne took his stage name from Elvis Presley's drummer, D. J. Fontana. They signed a record deal with Fontana Records (no connection); formed in the '50s it was a subsidiary of the Dutch company Philips Records.

In 1965 Wayne Fontana left the band in the middle of a concert. He had two solo Top 20 hits on the UK singles chart "Come On Home" (number 16 in 1966) and "Pamela Pamela" (number 11 in 1966) which launched him into UK chart oblivion. The Mindbenders, Bob Lang (bass guitar), Ric Rothwell (drums) and Eric Stewart (lead guitar, vocals) carried on and had a number two hit on the UK singles chart with "A Groovy Kind Of Love" in 1966. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year. Eric Stewart went on to much greater success with 10cc in 1972.
4. Shirley Ellis must be the Queen of nonsense songs. Which song of hers are these lyrics from? "Three six nine the goose drank wine The monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line The line broke, the monkey got choked And they all went to heaven in a little row boat"

Answer: The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)

"The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)" written by Lincoln Chase, peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 for Shirley Ellis in 1965. It peaked at number six on the UK singles chart the same year.

Some of the lyrics to "The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)" were borrowed from a song from the '30s called "Little Rubber Dolly", recorded by the Light Crust Doughboys. They were an American Western Swing band from Texas formed in 1931 by the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company in Saginaw, Texas, USA.

Shirley Ellis was born Shirley Marie O'Garra in The Bronx, New York, New York, USA, in 1929. She was a member of The Metronomes before having solo success in the '60s. She retired from the music industry in 1968 after having a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 with "Soul Time" which peaked at number 67. She died in 2005 aged 76.
5. The Australian group The Seekers were very popular in the UK in the mid '60s and had two Top Ten hits in the USA. Who was the lead singer?

Answer: Judith Durham

The Seekers were Judith Durham (lead vocals), Athol Guy (double bass), Keith Potger (twelve-string guitar) and Bruce Woodley (guitar).

They were formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1962. They were the first Australian pop group to have major chart success in the UK and US. In the UK between 1965 and 1967 they had eight Top 20 hits of which six made the Top Ten. Two of those Top Ten hits reached the top, "I'll Never Find Another You" (number one for two weeks in 1965) and "The Carnival Is Over" (number one for three weeks in 1965). In the US they had three Top 20 hits, two of which made the Top Ten, "I'll Never Find Another You" (number four in 1965) and "Georgy Girl" (number two in 1967).

"I'll Never Find Another You" was the first single by an Australian group to top the UK singles chart and the first to reach the Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100. It was written and produced by a former member of The Springfields, Tom Springfield. "The Carnival Is Over" again written and produced by Tom Springfield, sold over 1,000,000 copies in the UK alone. In 1965 The Seekers spent more weeks on the UK singles chart than anyone else, including The Beatles, who had three number one hits in the UK that year.
6. Which 1965 record involving a cat, a buffalo and a dance, sold three million copies yet never made the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100?

Answer: Wooly Bully

"Wooly Bully" was written by Domingo Samudio. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs in 1965. It peaked at number 11 on the UK singles chart the same year.

Sam The Sham was born Domingo Samudio in Dallas, Texas, USA, in 1937. The original Pharaohs were formed by Domingo Samudio in 1961 but disbanded in 1962. Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs that recorded "Wooly Bully" in 1964 were Butch Gibson (saxophone), Dave Martin (bass), Jerry Patterson (drums), Domingo Samudio (vocals, keyboards) and Ray Stinnet (guitar).

"Wooly Bully" was recorded at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, the successor to Phillips' original Sun Studio. It was the only recording made at the studio to achieve national success. It was original released in 1964 on the XL record label but did not become a hit until picked up by the MGM record label and re-released in 1965. It became the first record by an American group to sell 1,000,000 copies in the US since the British Invasion began. It went on to sell in excess of 3,000,000 copies world wide.
7. A certain Mr. Woodward had his first UK hit this year with a song containing these words. Who is he better known as? "Love will never do what you want it to Why can't this crazy love be mine"

Answer: Tom Jones

"It's Not Unusual" was written by Les Reed/Gordon Mills. It was number one for one week on the UK singles chart for Tom Jones in 1965. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year.

Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, was born in Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, UK, in 1940. He had his first hit on the UK singles chart with "It's Not Unusual" which was number one for one week in 1965. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year. The song was originally written for singer Sandie Shaw and features guitarist Jimmy Page. On re-issue in 1987 it peaked at number 17 on the UK singles chart.

After 13 Top Ten hits in the '60s and '70s there was a lull in Tom Jones' UK chart career until 1987 when he had a number two hit with "A Boy From Nowhere". In 1988 he was featured on the number five hit "Kiss" with Art Of Noise. A decade later he made the UK Top Ten again with The Cardigans on "Burning Down The House" (1999) and "Mama Told Me Not To Come" with The Stereophonics and "Sex Bomb" with Mousse T (2000).
8. "Help Me, Rhonda" gave The Beach Boys their second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The original version as "Help Me, Ronda" was on an album along with the hits "Do You Wanna Dance", "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" and "Dance, Dance, Dance". What is the title of that 1965 Beach Boys album?

Answer: The Beach Boys Today!

"Help Me Rhonda" was written by Brian Wilson/Mike Love. It was number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Beach Boys in 1965. It peaked at number 27 on the UK singles chart the same year.

The album "The Beach Boys Today!" was The Beach Boys' eighth studio album and it peaked at number four on the Billboard album chart in 1965. It peaked at number six on the UK album chart in 1966. The album contained the four Billboard Top 20 hits "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" (number nine in 1964), "Dance, Dance, Dance" (number eight in 1964), "Do You Wanna Dance" (number 12 in 1965) and "Help Me, Rhonda" (number one for two weeks in 1965).

In 1992 Mike Love sued Brian Wilson for royalties on songs that he had co-written with Brian including "Good to My Baby", "Don't Hurt My Little Sister", "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)", "Help Me, Ronda", "Dance, Dance, Dance", "She Knows Me Too Well" and "In the Back of My Mind" from "The Beach Boys Today!" album. He won the suit and collected $13,000,000.
9. Was it all over for the "King" we asked at the time? This record was Elvis Presley's last UK number one hit of the '60s. What is the title of the song with these lyrics? "I've searched and I've searched But I couldn't find No way on earth To gain peace of mind"

Answer: Crying In The Chapel

"Crying In The Chapel" was written by Artie Glenn. It was number one for two weeks on the UK singles chart for Elvis Presley in 1965. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year.

Between 1960 and 1965 Elvis Presley had 11 number one hits on the UK singles chart. "Crying In The Chapel" was his 11th and last UK number one hit of the '60s. His next UK number one hit was "The Wonder Of You" in 1970, which was his last UK number one before his death in 1977. In the third week after his death, Elvis had his 17th UK number one hit with "Way Down" which was at the top for five weeks.

On the Billboard Hot 100 in the '60s, Elvis had six number one hits between 1960 and 1969. In 1969 "Suspicious Minds" became his sixth number one of the decade (18th over all) and his last number one before his death in 1977.
10. The Byrds had a number one hit this year, with a song from the 1965 Bob Dylan album "Bringing It All Back Home". What is the title of the song with these lyrics? "All my senses have been stripped And my hands can't feel to grip And my toes too numb to step Wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'"

Answer: Mr. Tambourine Man

"Mr. Tambourine Man" was written by Bob Dylan. It was number one for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Byrds in 1965. It was number one for two weeks on the UK singles chart.

The Byrds at the time of the recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man" were Gene Clark (rhythm guitar, tambourine, vocals), Michael Clarke (drums), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals) and Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals).

For a group that is said to have influenced many other musicians and were pioneers of folk rock they did not have many Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. They had four Top 40 hits, three in 1965 and one in 1966. They had many minor Hot 100 hits up to 1970. The Byrds themselves were in turn influenced by some of the British invasion groups especially in my opinion the jangling guitars of The Beatles and The Searchers.

The Byrds were the first American guitar group to top the UK singles chart, since The Beatles began the British invasion 18 months earlier on 1 January 1964, with "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
11. Released in the US two months before being released at home in the UK was a Rolling Stones record with these lyrics. What is the title of the song? "But he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke The same cigarettes as me"

Answer: I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)

"I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)" was written by Mick Jagger/Keith Richards. It was number one for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Rolling Stones in 1965. It was number one for two weeks on the UK singles chart the same year.

"I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)" was the first of eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Rolling Stones in the 20th century. They also had eight number one hits on the UK singles chart in the 20th century. Only four of them were number one in the UK and US, "I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)" (number one in 1965), "Get Off Of My Cloud" (number one in 1965), "Paint It Black" (number one in 1966) and "Honky Tonk Woman" (number one in 1969).

Founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones (rhythm guitar, harmonica), (born Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones) drowned in his swimming pool in mysterious circumstances in 1969 aged 27. The Coroner's report stated that it was death by misadventure. Original member of the group Bill Wyman (bass guitar), (born William George Perks Jr.) left the group after his departure was announced in 1993.
12. The movie "When The Boys Meet The Girls" could only have happened in the '60s. All together in one movie were Louis Armstrong, Connie Francis, Liberace and Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs. There was also one British group in the movie, they must have thought it was something good. Who were they?

Answer: Herman's Hermits

The 1965 movie "When The Boys Meet The Girls", included the British group Herman's Hermits in the cast. Two of the tag lines from the movie were "The Boys... The Girls... and that wild, way-out, wicked, wonderful beat!" and "It makes the old young and the young scream when these song-belting stars and frug-frantic dolls get together in one great big wig-flipping howl of a jamboree!" The Frug was one of many '60s dance crazes.

This movie was the last of four movies starring Connie Francis in the '60s. They were "Where The Boys Are" (1960) starring George Hamilton and Frank Gorshin. "Follow The Boys" (1963) starring Russ Tamblyn and Paula Prentiss. "Looking For Love" (1964) starring Jim Hutton and George Hamilton. "When The Boys Meet The Girls" (1965) staring Harve Presnell.

Connie Francis was pop music's number one female vocalist from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s. She had three number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" (number one for two weeks in 1960), "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own" (number one for two weeks in 1960) and "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" (number one for one week in 1962).
13. Barry McGuire warned us about the "Eve Of Destruction" in '65. What group did he sing with prior to this apocalyptic warning when he still had three wheels on his wagon?

Answer: The New Christy Minstrels

"Eve Of Destruction" was written by P. F. Sloan. It was number one for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 for Barry McGuire in 1965. It peaked at number three on the UK singles chart the same year.

After forming a duo with Barry Kane in the early '60s called Barry & Barry, Barry McGuire had his first Billboard Top 20 success after he joined The New Christie Minstrels in 1962. He sang on their comedy song "Three Wheels On My Wagon" written by Bob Hilliard/Burt Bacharach and originally released by Dick Van Dyke in 1961. The New Christie Minstrels' biggest hit was "Green Green" written by Randy Sparks/Barry McGuire, which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.

McGuire left The New Christie Minstrels in 1965 and recorded "Eve Of Destruction". On its way to the number one position it knocked The Beatles' "Help!" off the top spot. He had two minor hits in 1965 and 1966 but never made the Billboard Top 40 again.
14. Only one American group had three number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. Who were they?

Answer: The Supremes

"Stop! In The Name Of Love" was written by Holland/Dozier/Holland. It was number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Supremes in 1965. It peaked at number seven on the UK singles chart the same year.

"Back In My Arms Again" was written by Holland/Dozier/Holland. It was number one one week on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Supremes in 1965. It peaked at number 40 on the UK singles chart the same year.

"I Hear A Symphony" was written by Holland/Dozier/Holland. It was number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Supremes in 1965. It peaked at number 39 on the UK singles chart the same year.

The Supremes at this time were Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson.
15. At one time in the U. S. A., The Dave Clark Five were considered pretenders to The Beatles throne. What was the title of their only US number one hit with these lyrics? "All at once it happened The prettiest in the world I said a-won't you come over and a-talk to me, and be my girl I said a-won't you come over and a-talk to me, and be my girl I said a-won't you come over and a-talk to me, and be my girl"

Answer: Over And Over

"Over And Over" was written by Robert James Byrd. It was number one for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Dave Clark Five in 1965. It peaked at number 45 on the UK singles chart the same year.

The DC5 from London, England, were Dave Clark (drums), Lenny Davidson (lead Guitar), Rick Huxley (bass guitar), Denny Payton (tenor and baritone saxophone, harmonica, guitar) and Mike Smith (keyboards). They had 14 Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1964 and 1967, of which eight made the Top Ten. Despite all those hits and their popularity in the U. S. A. the DC5 only managed to have the one number one hit with "Over And Over". This brought the total of British number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 to 12, their best ever total in the '60s. The Beatles (4), Herman's Hermits (2), The Rolling Stones (2), Petula Clark (1), Freddie & The Dreamers (1), Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders (1) and The DC5 (1).

The original version of "Over And Over" by Bobby Day (Robert James Byrd) entered the Hot 100 in 1958 and peaked at number 41. Another version by Thurston Harris entered the Hot 100 the same week in 1958 and peaked at number 96.
Source: Author shipyardbernie

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