Can You Name All of These 1950s Singers from an Image?

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By: Khadija Leon

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The 1950s were marked by the beginning of Rock and Roll which incorporated many aspects of other genres of music and dominated the mid to later parts of the decade. It was only the continuation of big band swing, jazz and the evolution of rhythm and blues, country music and pop, which dominated the charts for the first half of the decade. Folk and calypso music also saw an increase in popularity but not to the extent of the other genres.


Some of the most popular songs of the decade include "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley, "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, "How High the Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford and "Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers.  Some of the other popular artists include Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 


How many of these icons can you identify if you were given an image of them? Would you also be able to tell what songs they sang? Ninety-three percent of people are not able to do so. Will you be one of the few who can? The only way to find out is to take this quiz!

Who is this singer?

Elvis Presley was an American singer and actor who has been nicknamed the “King of Rock and Roll.” He is one of the best-selling solo artists in the history of music, winning three Grammys, and being inducted into numerous halls of fame. Some of his best hits include “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Burning Love” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love."

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Who is this singer?

Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer and songwriter who was a leading figure in 1950s rock and roll. He is best known for hits like “That’ll Be the Day,” “I’m Looking for Somebody to Love”, “Words of Love” and “Peggy Sue”.

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Who is this singer?

Hank Williams was an American singer and songwriter who was known as one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. Thirty-five of his singles reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western charts. Some of his best songs include “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin'," “Lovesick Blues” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry."

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Who is this singer?

Bing Crosby was an American Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actor who was one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is best known for songs including, “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas."

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Who is this singer?

Edwin John Fisher, better known as Eddie Fisher, was an American singer and actor who had a string of pop singles during the 1950s. He sold millions of records for songs including “Cindy Oh Cindy,” “I’m Walking Behind You” and “I Need You Now” and he even hosted his own television show.

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Who is this singer?

Ike Turner was an American musician, songwriter and record producer who is best known as one of the leaders in 1950s rock and roll. He is best known for singing songs like “Box Top” and “She Made My Blood Run Cold.” He is also known for being the husband of Tina Turner.

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Who is this singer?

Patsy Cline was an American country music and pop singer in the late 1950s and early 1960s before her death in a plane crash. She is known for hits like “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” She was listed as #11 on The Greatest Women in Rock and Roll by VH1 and 46th in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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Who is this singer?

Chuck Berry was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was one of the first people to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of Berry’s most popular hits include “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode."

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Who is this singer?

Bill Monroe was an American singer and songwriter who was best known for creating the bluegrass style of music, hence the nickname “Father of Bluegrass.” Some of his best hits include “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Uncle Pen,” and “Footprints.”

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Who is this singer?

Dean Martin was an American singer, actor and recording artist who was given the nickname “King of Cool” because of how charismatic he was. Some of his chart-topping songs include “Memories Are Made of This,” “Everybody Loves Somebody” and “That’s Amore."

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Who is this singer?

Katherine Laverne Starks, better known as Kay Starr, was an American jazz and pop singer in the late 1940s and 1950s. Some of her bestsellers include “The Rock and Roll Waltz,” “Riders in the Sky” and “The Wheel of Fortune."

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Who is this singer?

Doris Day is an American actress and singer whose career began after joining a band when she was just 17 years old. After embarking on a solo career, she produced hits like “A Secret Love,” “Que Sera Sera,” “Sentimental Journey” and “When I Fall in Love."

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Who is this singer?

Andy Williams is an American pop singer and television host who was nominated for six Grammys and sold over 100 million records. He is best known for singing “Moon River,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You."

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Who is this singer?

Gene Autry was an American singer, actor, rodeo performer and television host who was a pioneer in the country music scene. Some of his most popular songs include “Back in the Saddle Again,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Riders in the Sky” and “Frosty the Snowman."

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Who is this singer?

Glen Campbell was an American singer, songwriter and television host best known for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour." He sold more than 45 million albums worldwide and some of his best hits include “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on My Mind” and “Try a Little Kindness."

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Who is this singer?

The Andrews Sisters were a harmony singing trio of sisters who were known for being one of the pioneers in rhythm and blues. They are also known for the songs “Pistol-Packin'​ Mama,” “Civilization” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” They also for inspired songs for other artists, including Christina Aguilera and Bette Midler.

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Who is this singer?

Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como was an American singer and television personality who sold millions of records. Some of the artist's best songs include “For the Good Times,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “It’s Impossible” and “Papa Loves Mambo."

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Who is this singer?

James “Jimmy” Francis Durante was an American singer, comedian, and actor who was known for referring his nose as Schnozzola. Some of the artist's best songs include “Make Someone Happy,” “Ink Dinka Doo," “Old Man Time” and “The Glory of Love."

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Who is this singer?

Eddy Howard was an American singer and bandleader who was extremely popular during the late 1940s to mid-1950s. Some of his most popular songs include “I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder,” “My Adobe Hacienda,” “Sin” and “Rickety Rickshaw Man."

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Who is this singer?

Paul Anka was Canadian-American singer and actor who rose to fame in the 1950s and was later inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Some of his best songs include “Diana,” “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” “Lonely Boy,” “You Are My Destiny” and “Puppy Love."

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Who is this singer?

Jimmy Boyd was an American singer and actor who rose to fame at the age of 13 for singing the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” which sold more than 2 million copies in its first week. He is also known for singing “Tell Me a Story,” “Dennis the Menace” and “God’s Little Candle."

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Who is this singer?

June Christy was an American singer best known for her work in the jazz genre. She has often been called “one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time.” Christy is known for songs including, “How High the Moon,” “Midnight Sun,” “It Could Happen to You", and “Willow Weep for Me."

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Who is this singer?

Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress whose career skyrocketed in the early 1950s only to plummet less than a decade later due to drug addiction. She is best known for songs including, “Mambo Italiano,” “Tenderly,” “Half as Much,” “Hey There” and “Come On-A My House."

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Who is this singer?

Ray Charles is an American singer and one of the pioneers in soul music during the 1950s. He was listed as #10 on the 2002 Rolling Stones’ list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Some of his best-sellers include “Georgia on my Mind,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “I Got a Woman” and “Mess Around.

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Who is this singer?

Debbie Reynolds was an American singer, actress, humanitarian and the mother of actress Carrie Fisher. She is a Golden Globe nominee and is known for hits such as “Tammy," “A Very Special Love,” “Am I That Easy to Forget” and “Good Morning."

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Who is this singer?

Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was an American singer, songwriter and jazz musician whose career lasted for almost three decades. Some of her most popular songs include “Gloomy Sunday,” “Strange Fruit,” “Blue Moon” and “God Bless the Child."

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Who is this singer?

Nat King Cole was an American jazz singer, pianist, vocalist and actor who is rumored to have recorded at least 100 songs. He was also the first African-American to have hosted an American television series. Some of his most popular songs include “The Christmas Song,” “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa” and “When I Fall in Love."

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Who is this singer?

Johnny Mathis is an America singer who has sold more than 360 million records worldwide. More than 70 of his songs have made the Billboard charts and he has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame three times. Some of Mathis’ best songs include “Chances Are,” “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” “It’s Not for Me to Say” and “Wonderful! Wonderful."

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Who is this singer?

Clara Ann Fowler, better known as Patti Page, was an American country singer who later crossed over into the pop world. Some of her best songs include “Tennessee Waltz,” “The Doggie in the Window,” “With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming” and “I Went to Your Wedding."

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Who is this singer?

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer who has often been called the “Queen of Jazz” and the “First Lady of Song.” Throughout her career, she has won 14 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Some of her most successful songs include “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Cheek to Cheek."

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Who is this singer?

Frank Sinatra was an American Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning actor and Grammy Award-winning singer who rose to fame in the 1940s but also saw considerable success in the 1950s. Some of his most popular songs include “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon," “New York, New York” and “Moon River."

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Who is this singer?

Les Paul and Mary Ford were a husband and wife musical team where Mary sang and her husband played the guitar. Together, they sold 6 million records just in 1951 and later scored 16 top 10 hits. Some of their most popular songs include “How High the Moon,” “The World is Waiting for Sunrise” and “Vaya Con Dios."

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Who is this singer?

The Four Aces are an American male pop quartet who rose to fame in the 1950s, selling millions of records and winning numerous gold records. Some of their most successful songs include “Love is Many-Splendored Thing,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” Stranger in Paradise” and “Tell Me Why."

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Who is this singer?

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, is an American singer, actor and musician who has been one of the most celebrated artists for almost seven decades. Some of his most popular songs include “Tutti Frutti,", “Rip It Up,” “Long Tall Sally “and “Slippin' and Slidin'," all of which were released in the 1950s.

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Who is this singer?

Ben E. King was an American soul and R&B singer who was also one of the best-selling artists of all time. Some of Ben E. King’s most popular songs include “Stand by Me,” “Don’t Play That Song,” “Supernatural Thing” and “I."

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Who is this singer?

Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor and author who has sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Best known for his work in rock and roll, country and folk music, some of the Hall of Famer's​ most successful songs include “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Get Rhythm” and “Man in Black."

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Who is this singer?

Harry Belafonte is an American singer, songwriter an activist who was called the “King of Calypso” as he often paid​ homage to his Caribbean roots in his music. His most popular songs include “Day-O,” “Island in the Sun,” “Jump in Line” and “Jamaica Farewell."

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Who is this singer?

Charles Eugene “Pat” Boone is an American singer, actor and motivational spokesperson who has sold more than 45 million records. Some of the singer’s best songs include “Speedy Gonzales,” “Letters in the Sand” and “Moody River."

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Who is this singer?

Tony Bennett is an American singer who won 19 Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He was one of the biggest stars of the 1950s with quite a number of hits, including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “The Lady is a Tramp” and “Rags to Riches."

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Who is this singer?

Jerry Lee Lewis was an American singer-songwriter and pianist who was given the nickname, “The Killer.” Some of his greatest hits include “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” His success took a nose dive once people learned that at the age of 22, he married his 13-year-old cousin, once removed.

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