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Quiz about Lesser Known Guitar Greats
Quiz about Lesser Known Guitar Greats

Lesser Known Guitar Greats Trivia Quiz


Everyone knows all about Clapton, Beck and Page. How much do you know about some of these lesser known guitarists?

A multiple-choice quiz by ralzzz. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
ralzzz
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
169,090
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
4302
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 71 (5/10), Guest 3 (4/10), cheeseit223 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. This great guitarist from London died way too young at the age of 25. He is best known for his work in the band Free, but he also fronted a solo band called Back Street Crawler. Do you know the name of this guitar player? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. This living blues legend has been called the "King of Chicago Blues". He is widely admired by fellow guitarists as one of the finest to ever pick up the instrument. The song "Stone Crazy" best describes this bluesman's style of play. Stevie Ray Vaughan even covered a version of this man's "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to pay homage to him. Who is this guitar great? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Bo Diddley is one of the most outspoken and well known bluesmen of all times. His influence can be heard in just about every band that was part of the British Invasion of the late 1960s. Do you know where the name Bo Diddley comes from? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This guitar great can best be described as the undisputed god of the surf guitar. His song "Miserlou" was chosen to open the film "Pulp Fiction", a move that sparked a surf music revival of sorts. Who is this "king of surf music"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What guitar player played with Miles Davis (even having an entire song named for him on one album) and led the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 1970s? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What guitarist played with Elvis Presley on the Sun Records sessions in 1954 and 1955? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Many consider this man to be Britain's greatest blues guitarist. Some say he is even better than Beck or Clapton. His work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers remains a standard that other guitarists are measured against even today. His work as the original frontman of Fleetwood Mac propelled them into eventual superstardom, fame that this man didn't witness due to his quitting the band in 1970. Who was this guitar player? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This guitar player has been heralded as the founder of prog-rock guitar playing. His avant-garde style of play led to the creation of the band King Crimson, one of the most influential prog-rock bands of all time. Who is this talented guitarist? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Johnny Cummings was featured with bandmates on over 21 albums and 2,263 concert shows. His stage uniform consisted of black leather and torn denim. He never played solos, only a thick wall of chords and distortion on two-minute-long songs. His band of "brothers" were together from the mid-1970s until 1996 when they finally retired. Do you know who this New Yorker is? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What guitar great played with the blues group Taj Mahal and with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band? He has also written soundtracks to films, including the score to "Paris, Texas". He also won a 1994 World Music Grammy for his work on "Talking Timbuktu". Do you know who this versatile guitarist is? Hint



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1. This great guitarist from London died way too young at the age of 25. He is best known for his work in the band Free, but he also fronted a solo band called Back Street Crawler. Do you know the name of this guitar player?

Answer: Paul Kossoff

Paul Kossoff is probably best known for his work on the song "All Right Now" by the band Free. Kossoff started Free with Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers in 1968. After Free split, due to Kossoff's drug problems, Kirke and Rodgers formed another band called Bad Company. Kossoff died on an airplane due to a drug-induced heart attack in 1976.
2. This living blues legend has been called the "King of Chicago Blues". He is widely admired by fellow guitarists as one of the finest to ever pick up the instrument. The song "Stone Crazy" best describes this bluesman's style of play. Stevie Ray Vaughan even covered a version of this man's "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to pay homage to him. Who is this guitar great?

Answer: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, the Louisiana native, has made a great career as one of the best known Chicago bluesmen ever. He has played with the great Muddy Waters and Otis Rush, and more recently, with Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Guy owns a great blues bar in Chicago called Legends where many of the best blues artists play regularly. I recommend listening to any Buddy Guy album featuring the greatest harmonica player ever, Junior Wells.
3. Bo Diddley is one of the most outspoken and well known bluesmen of all times. His influence can be heard in just about every band that was part of the British Invasion of the late 1960s. Do you know where the name Bo Diddley comes from?

Answer: An African instrument called a diddley bow

Elias McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley, was named after a one-stringed African guitar-like instrument. Diddley did, however, begin his career as a classical violin player, and he employed a unique bow stroke that made a different tone emit from a violin. Bo has remained a favorite blues player in the Chicago area since 1955, when he released his first single, aptly titled "Bo Diddley". Check out the Bo Diddley collection on Chess Records - some of his finest work can be found there.
4. This guitar great can best be described as the undisputed god of the surf guitar. His song "Miserlou" was chosen to open the film "Pulp Fiction", a move that sparked a surf music revival of sorts. Who is this "king of surf music"?

Answer: Dick Dale

Dick Dale was born Richard Monsour in 1937. Not only is he credited with inventing the surf style of music, but he is also credited with being a forefather to heavy metal music. That lightning-fast, single-note, staccato picking style made famous by Eddie Van Halen was an original Dick Dale style of playing.

He also broke new ground in electronics and amplification in his work with the Fender company. A lot of the distorted tones made popular by heavy metal music were invented by Dick Dale.
5. What guitar player played with Miles Davis (even having an entire song named for him on one album) and led the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the 1970s?

Answer: John McLaughlin

McLaughlin is a true pioneer in the jazz/rock fusion style. His work on Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" is simply amazing. The Mahavishnu Orchestra, lasting from 1971-1973, created some of the most technically competent jazz/rock of the times. The band reincarnated itself in 1974, after only a one year break, with different personnel, most notably Jean-Luc Ponty on violin.
6. What guitarist played with Elvis Presley on the Sun Records sessions in 1954 and 1955?

Answer: Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore basically invented rockabilly back in the early 1950s while playing with Doug Poindexter and the Starlite Wranglers, even recording an album for Sun Records. When Sam Phillips was mulling over who should back the young Elvis Presley, he knew that Moore and bassist Bill Black would be perfect.

The song "That's All Right" remains one of the most popular Elvis songs ever, and that was recorded in the first session as a band. When Elvis left to go to RCA, he took his band with him, but things broke down and turned sour. Elvis was then drafted into the army and Moore went back to Sun Records as a production manager. Moore played occasionally with Elvis off and on, but his big triumph was when Elvis made his comeback television special in 1968 and asked Moore to be a part of it.
7. Many consider this man to be Britain's greatest blues guitarist. Some say he is even better than Beck or Clapton. His work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers remains a standard that other guitarists are measured against even today. His work as the original frontman of Fleetwood Mac propelled them into eventual superstardom, fame that this man didn't witness due to his quitting the band in 1970. Who was this guitar player?

Answer: Peter Green

Peter Green was a hugely talented musician whose mental problems caused his music career to suffer. His use of LSD and other drugs also added to his delusions and paranoia. Green was hugely envious of the praise and god-like status given to Eric Clapton which contributed to his mental state.

After Green left John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to start Fleetwood Mac, that is when his troubles really began. He quit Fleetwood Mac just as the band was reaching commercial success and joined a LA-based cult called the Children of God.

After a decade of rambling around England taking menial work, Green picked back up the guitar and recorded a few solo albums, never quite returning to the status he once held. When Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Green joined Carlos Santana to jam on the hit "Black Magic Woman", a song Green wrote nearly twenty years earlier while a member of Fleetwood Mac.
8. This guitar player has been heralded as the founder of prog-rock guitar playing. His avant-garde style of play led to the creation of the band King Crimson, one of the most influential prog-rock bands of all time. Who is this talented guitarist?

Answer: Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp took his iconoclastic approach to the guitar and basically invented a musical style called progressive rock. The band King Crimson enjoyed success from 1969-1974 until Fripp disbanded the group and retired. After a three-year hiatus, Fripp got back into music and has released several solo albums, reunited King Crimson on several occasions and even provided guitar work for such artists as Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and Daryl Hall.
9. Johnny Cummings was featured with bandmates on over 21 albums and 2,263 concert shows. His stage uniform consisted of black leather and torn denim. He never played solos, only a thick wall of chords and distortion on two-minute-long songs. His band of "brothers" were together from the mid-1970s until 1996 when they finally retired. Do you know who this New Yorker is?

Answer: Johnny Ramone

You will find no other punk rock hero as revered as Johnny Ramone. When the Ramones first began playing at CBGB's in New York, nobody knew what to expect from this group, but it only took a little time for people to recognize the greatness of the band.

Although the Ramones had a revolving door of players, Joey and Johnny were the constants. The band was looking to make a comeback in 2001, but Joey sadly died due to cancer complications, leaving Johnny to his retirement in Southern California.
10. What guitar great played with the blues group Taj Mahal and with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band? He has also written soundtracks to films, including the score to "Paris, Texas". He also won a 1994 World Music Grammy for his work on "Talking Timbuktu". Do you know who this versatile guitarist is?

Answer: Ry Cooder

Cooder has worked with some of the greats in the music industry, including the Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, Little Feat and Gordon Lightfoot. His love for world music has exposed a new genre of music to his fans that they may otherwise not have found. Cooder has also been famous for assembling old Cuban musicians and playing together in the Buena Vista Social Club.
Source: Author ralzzz

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