Quiz: The Musicians of the 1940s Quiz
The Musicians of the 1940s Quiz
By: Olivia Cantor
Image: William P. Gottlieb via Wiki Commons

About This Quiz

The popular music we enjoy today has great roots that we should honor. Without these earlier examples of fine tunes, we would not have many of the finer tunes we enjoy listening to on a daily basis these days. And those earlier tunes were also great works of earlier musicians. Do you think you can pinpoint them out if we give you some clues? Give this a shot and see!

The early decades of the 20th century were very important in the formation of formidable music genres we totally trip on today. Back during the time when R&B was developing as rhythm and blues, jazz was coming into play from specific major areas in the U.S., and rock and roll was slowly being morphed from different musical influences, all other sorts of musicality were falling into place in their respective notches in history. Not only are we talking about songs from great singers, vocal groups, and bands, but we're also talking about legendary composers and musicians who all contributed to the cool happening sounds of the 1940s -- artists who continue to inspire and influence the artists of today.

So, let's see if you can guess who these important musicians are in the list. Put on your musical thinking caps and play on! 

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She sang "God Bless The Child" and "Summertime." Who was this great lady who sang the blues?
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Who was this famous crooner who began his career in the 1940s, and was always linked to Italian organized crime?
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Of what type of musical group was Count Basie the leader?
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Which memorable singer of the 1940s had the song, “Unforgettable,” as his signature song?
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Ella Fitzgerald was known as “Lady Ella” and the “First Lady of Song.” Of what type of music was she known as the Queen?
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If you’re listening to an old version of “White Christmas,” then chances are, you are listening to this singer who became famous in the 1940s. Who was he?
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Dinah Shore is famous for being one of the earlier interpreters of this now-controversial Christmas song. What was the name of the song?
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Louis Armstrong may be known for his gravelly singing voice, but what was his musical instrument?
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What was the name of this George Gershwin song about infatuation, sung by Sarah Vaughan?
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One of Glenn Miller’s most famous songs was about getting you into this. What was the song?
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Were the Andrews Sisters really sisters?
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This 1946 song from crooner Perry Como describes him as a prisoner of this. What is “this?”
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What was patriotic singer Jo Stafford known as when she was an entertainer for the troops?
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Cab Calloway was singing about a girl hooked on drugs in this famous early song of his. What was the song?
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Eartha Kitt was a talented singer who could sing in more than one language. What was the other language that she used in many of her songs?
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What song did patriotic composer Irving Berlin write, which became practically a national anthem during World War II?
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"Anything Goes" for this talented composer, who is "Easy to Love" if you're willing to "Experiment." Who was this talented guy?
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In 1944, Jimmy Dorsey’s orchestra backed Kitty Kallen for this famous Mexican song about being too passionate. What song was this?
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What was 1940s' bebop pioneer Charlie Parker’s preferred musical instrument?
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In the ‘40s, Frank Sinatra briefly became a featured vocalist of a popular orchestra led by this man. Who was this bandleader?
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Benny Goodman was known as the King. But what was he the King of?
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Sammy Kaye’s signature song was about a special set of lights. What were these lights?
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Dizzy Gillespie helped develop this style of jazz. What was it called?
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There were many saxophonists who were bandleaders, but for what kind of saxophone was Freddy Martin known?
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The Mills Brothers had a big hit in the 1940s with “Paper Doll.” What was the song about?
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Vaughn Monroe was the first to record this ode to winter weather and Christmas. What was that song?
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“Take the A Train” became the signature theme of Duke Ellington’s orchestra in the 1940s. Where was the train going?
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Tommy Dorsey was known for the great people in his band, but how did he get all these talented people?
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Hank Williams was a big star again by the end of the 1940s, but what problem stalled his career in the beginning?
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Roy Rogers was another man who was known as the King in the 1940s. What was he the King of?
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He got "Georgia on My Mind" during "The Right Time," yeah, "What'd I Say?" Who was this musical prodigy?
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Gene Autry was so popular that he had rules that reflected his do-good personality. What was the name of these rules?
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Multi-talented Eddie Cantor was a versatile musician, but his greatest musical creation is a TV theme song. What kind of TV show was it?
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What made the Ink Spots unusual in some of the places where they played?
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Who was Dean Martin’s performance partner in the 1940s?
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