1960s Trivia Quiz – 20 Questions

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This random quiz game contains 1960s trivia quiz questions about everything from the decade that changed the world.

Politics, events, music, movies, persons, sports, TV, disasters, and more.

Each set of 1960s trivia quiz questions is picked from hundreds of questions in our database.

# 1: The novel The Godfather is published in 1969. Who wrote the novel?

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Mario Puzo was an Italian American author and screenwriter, known for his novels about the Mafia, including The Godfather (1969). The Godfather was later adapted into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.

# 2: In 1961, this song topped the charts in Australia for 6 weeks. Who is the artist?

Runaway is a song made famous by Del Shannon in 1961. It topped the charts in Australia, United Kingdom, United States, and many other countries.

# 3: This is a detail from movie poster. What is the name of the film?

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West Side Story is a musical inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The film premiered 1961.

# 4: Which city hosted the 1968 Summer Olympics?

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Mexico City hosted the 1968 Summer Olympics

# 5: This a detail from a sixties music album released by:

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The Notorious Byrd Brothers is the 5th album by the Byrds. It was released in January 1968. The album reached number 47 on the Billboard Top Album chart and number 12 on the UK Album Chart.

# 6: What are the opening lyrics for Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower?

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The song All Along The Watchtower starts:
There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief,
There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.

# 7: Listen to the clip. This is a hit song recorded by:

Paul Jones had several Top 10 hits with Manfred Mann before going solo in July 1966. He released I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy in 1967, which peaked at no. 5 in United Kingdom.

# 8: In 1961, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) started building what?

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The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. German Democratic Republic started constructing the wall starting on 13 August 1961.

# 9: The Oscar winning song The Shadow of Your Smile is featured in which film?

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The Shadow of Your Smile is composed by Johnny Mandel with the lyrics written by Paul Francis Webster. The song is featured in the 1965 film The Sandpiper. It later became a minor hit for Tony Bennett. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 36th Academy Awards in 1964. It also won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Artists that recorded the song include Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, Percy Faith, Marvin Gaye, Perry Como, Nancy Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra.

The Swedish singer Lill Lindfors made a Swedish version titled Din skugga stannar kvar.

# 10: What nationality was John Steinbeck, the 1962 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature?

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John Ernst Steinbeck was an American writer. He was born in Salinas, California, United States. He was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.

# 11: Which Oscar-winning film from 1961 stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, and Rita Moreno?

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West Side Story is a 1961 musical drama directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. The story is inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The film stars Richard Beymer, George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, and Natalie Wood. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture.

Some of the songs from the film include Somewhere, Maria, and America. None for nominated for an Award.

# 12: Can you name the song title from the following lyrics: The night we met I knew I needed you so?

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The song Be My Baby starts:
The night we met I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance I'd never let you go
So won't you say you love me,
I'll make you so proud of me.

# 13: Who plays Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the villain, in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service?

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Telly Savalas plays the role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Donald Pleasence had previously played the role in You Only Live Twice

# 14: In December 1967, the Prime Minister of Australia disappeared while swimming and was presumed drowned. What was his name?

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Harold Holt was an Australian politician and the 17th Prime Minister of Australia. He was Prime Minister for only 22 months before he disappeared in December 1967 while swimming, and was presumed drowned.

# 15: It Takes Two is a hit single recorded in 1965 by Marvin Gaye and:

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It Takes Two is a hit single recorded in late 1965 by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston for Motown's Tamla label. The single peaked at no. 14 on the Billboard Pop charts and no. 4 on Billboard's Soul Singles chart in January 1967. The song was also Marvin Gaye's first real hit in U.K.

# 16: Who topped Billboard Hot 100 with Stand By Me in 1961?

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Stand by Me was originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King. It was released on the Atco label in 1961 and reached no 1 on Billboard Hot 100.

The song was later featured in the 1986 film Stand by Me. It hit the charts again in 1987, reaching number one in several countries, including UK.

The song is written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,

# 17: Robert Rauschenberg is mainly know for his:

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Robert Rauschenberg was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement.

# 18: She was one of the supermodels of the 60s. What is her name?

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Her name is Lesley Lawson (Hornby) or Twiggy. She is best remembered as one of the first international supermodels and a fashion icon of the 1960s.

# 19: Who wrote the 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car?

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Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car is a children's novel written by Ian Fleming for his son Caspar, with illustrations by John Burningham.

# 20: Which American band released the album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears in 1966?

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"""If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears is the 1966 debut album by The Mamas & the Papas (spelled """"The Mama's and the Papa's"""" on the cover)."""

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  1. Great quiz. Thanks

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