Can You Name These Male ’60s Bands and Artists From an Image?

Olivia Cantor

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The 1960s was a decade characterized by unique political and cultural intersections. Music can attest to that. Just look at the roster of musicians and bands that came out that time. Can you name the male ones by looking at their images here? Take a guess!

Imagine having a budding singer register for the war draft. When the time came for him to do his patriotic duty, he left the concert stages and entered the army to be in another kind of stage. How can that experience influence his music, you think?

This is but one example of how male musicians faced the music, so to speak, during those tumultuous times. Some willingly went out and served while some remained at home to battle in another arena. The anti-war movement was burgeoning, the civil rights movement was gaining ground and other socio-civic stirrings were happening, too. Musicians took their pick and advocated for what they believed in. As a result, they left us with great anti-war and peace-loving messages embedded in '60s songs. 

But that's not the whole picture of the '60s sound. Aside from political and social reflections, genres were also born. Rock 'n' roll came out from different musicians experimenting on mixing styles. That's why you hear a little bit of country music and a dash of gospel with a side of folk music in there. It can be danceable and it can be the easy-listening type, too. These experiments resulted in spectacular creations we're still continuing today.

Can you name these pivotal and popular male acts responsible for such musical creations? We know you can! Groove to this quiz and see!

"You ain't nothing but a hound dog" if you can't name this legend! Who's he?

Can you connect the King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley to the King of Pop Michael Jackson? Here's how: MJ got married to Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and they stayed together for about two years before divorcing. They first met when he was 17 and she was 7 back in the '70s.

"Help! I need somebody" to guess who this legendary band is. Can you name them?

Did you know that the Beatles got kicked out from a country once? That was in 1966, and the Philippine president's wife, Imelda Marcos, invited the Fab Four to a private breakfast. Due to a schedule conflict, the Liverpool boys never made it; Imelda's rage got them booted out as a result.

"Don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more" until you guess this great man's name. Tell us!

Jamie Foxx portrayed Ray Charles in a 2004 biopic. But some journalists criticized it for its inaccuracy of portraying certain aspects of the music legend's life. They say that the film didn't show how fiercely independent he was, like how he didn't rely on assistance for the blind when getting around.

"Come on, baby, light my fire" by guessing the name of this ethereal band. Game!

If you want to visit the final resting place of Jim Morrison, The Doors' controversial frontman, you'll have to fly to France for that. He died when he was temporarily living in Paris in 1971, so he was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery. He had an earlier tombstone and bust there, which was stolen.

"Start spreading the news" and this crooner's name as well. Do you know him?

Rumor has it that Frank Sinatra disliked Marlon Brando so much when the two were shooting the movie musical version of "Guys and Dolls." Brando played the lead there, which Sinatra originally wanted to play. Sinatra apparently looked down on Brando's singing and acting abilities, too.

Can you break "the sound of silence" by naming this duo?

Simon & Garfunkel initially created an album together in the early '60s but broke up when it flopped. When certain radio stations picked up "Sound of Silence" again, its popularity revived their career. Their popularity skyrocketed more when the song became part of "The Graduate" film soundtrack.

"C'mon, talk to me so you can see what's going on" with this guy. Can you identify him?

Even music legends like Marvin Gaye battle demons and depression. His personal struggles led to a fight with his father in 1984, which ended the singer's life. His father shot the singer three times in the chest, causing his immediate death.

Before you bid "bye bye love, bye bye happiness," tell us who this duo is first!

Since the Everly Brothers were real-life brothers who worked and collaborated together, they also had huge fights just like any other family out there. Younger brother Phil reportedly hit his older brother Don with a guitar when the latter messed up during a concert once.

"Purple haze" might be all in your brain but so is his name! Can you identify this guitar hero?

Musician Jimi Hendrix belongs to an unofficial group termed as the "27 Club." This refers to popular celebrities who all died when they were 27 years old. Other musicians on this infamous list include The Doors' Jim Morrison, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, to name a few.

"God only knows" what we'll be without their music. Do you know this surfin' and rockin' band?

A 1990 TV-movie biopic showed that The Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson was the only true "beach boy" in the group. He was the "wild child" who loved surfing and hanging out at the beach unlike his brothers. Sadly, he died of drowning in the '80s.

As "fools rush in where angels fear to tread," can you quickly identify this heartthrob?

Music and showbiz life were in the Nelson family's veins, thanks to the popularity of parents Ozzie and Harriet in the '50s. Ricky Nelson grew up in his parents' show until he gained his own following as a teenage singing heartthrob. He also had twin sons who became musicians under the name Nelson.

When you saw their faces, did you also say "now I'm a believer"? We'll believe you if you tell us which group this is!

The Monkees' creation was a bandwagon move to ride on the Beatles' popularity during the '60s. But the difference was, they started as a TV-show act who later toured as musicians. In an interview, The Beatles' John Lennon tipped his hat off to the group for running a successful weekly show.

Well, hello, and "it's nice to have you back where you belong" indeed. Now can you name this talented trumpeter?

Did you know that there's a certain medical condition called Satchmo's Syndrome named after Louis Armstrong? This syndrome affects the muscles surrounding the mouth and is evident in hard-blowing trumpet players like him. They get damaged lips, too.

"I can't get no satisfaction" until you tell me who this band is!

The Rolling Stones got famous for their songs, their notoriety offstage and Mick Jagger's signature moves in singing and dancing. He's the inspiration of Maroon 5's song "Moves Like Jagger." Jagger joked on TV, though, that he didn't earn a cent from being referred to in that pop hit.

Who's this folk hero? "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind."

Perhaps one of the most controversial Nobel Prize winners is folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. According to his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature listing, he won "for having created new poetic expressions" with his songs. But certain literary figures contested this for not honoring a "real poet." He is shown here with singer Joan Baez at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.

"I can't help myself" so I'll help you identify them, "sugar pie, honey bunch." Do you know?

One of the benchmark sounds of Motown Records came from the group called The Four Tops. Thanks to their great harmonies, they became a big influence in pop, R&B, soul and pop-jazz musicians. They also held the line, so to speak, for American music during the British Invasion of the '60s.

If you've got "a one-way ticket to the blues," then you better head to this guy. Who's he?

Writing songs about people you dated was already a phenomenon even before Taylor Swift made it vogue for millennials today. Neil Sedaka's big hit "Oh Carol" is a reference to singer-songwriter Carol King. She later responded with a parody version called "Oh Neil," which wasn't such a big hit.

"Blame it on the boogie" if you miss this one. Guess who!

Before Michael Jackson made it big, he was part of his older brothers' group known as The Jackson 5. It was the older Jacksons Tito, Jermaine and Jackie who originated the group, then their younger brothers Michael and Marlon also trained with them and performed. Their father was their manager.

"Get up offa that thing" and identify this legendary performer first!

The Godfather of Soul and The Godfather of Funk, James Brown, also had the nickname "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business." Growing up as a child during the Great Depression of the 1930s may have influenced his hardworking business ethic.

We'll question "How deep is your love" for '60s artists if you can't guess this great group!

The Bee Gees hit it big internationally during the '60s and '70s, but they actually got their start in the late '50s. They were born in England but migrated to Australia where they first hit it big as singing brothers.

Can you "walk the line" to name this country-music legend?

If you want to see a cinematic version of Johnny Cash's life, watch the 2005 film "Walk The Line" with Joaquin Phoenix as the country singer. Reese Witherspoon played his wife June in the film, a role that won her an Academy Award. Both actors performed some songs themselves in the soundtrack.

"It's only teenage wasteland" if you can't identify this great band. Take a guess?

TV fans might have noticed that all opening theme songs of "CSI" shows came from The Who's discography. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has "Who Are You," CSI: New York" featured "Baba O'Reilly" and "CSI: Miami" used "Won't Get Fooled Again," while "CSI: Cyber" featured "I Can See for Miles."

"Let's twist again" and choose the right name for this cool dude!

"The Twist" song and dance phenomenon will always link back to Chubby Checker, as he popularized the song and the TV show "American Bandstand" boosted the dance craze. The singer earned the title "The King of Twist" at that time, too.

"Bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp!" You'll also "feel free" as soon as you identify this group, now!

Clap if you know that Eric Clapton was in the group Cream before breaking out on his own (shown here at right). Before that, he was with The Yardsticks. With Cream, they had huge hits like "I Feel Free," "White Room," "Badge" and "Crossroads."

Instead of writing "love letters in the sand," can you guess his name instead?

Young people today might know Pat Boone as a motivational speaker of the Christian conservative kind. But during his '50s-'60s heyday, he was one of those popular matinee idols in the pop-music scene. But even then, his conservative Christian beliefs made him reject certain music and movie offers.

While you're "sitting on the dock of the bay," can you also ponder on this legend's identity?

Rolling Stone magazine called Otis Redding the "Crown Prince of Soul" at the time of his death. The legendary singer-songwriter-producer was only 26 when his private plane crashed in 1968. Before his death, he left an influential soul music legacy with songs like "These Arms of Mine" and "Respect."

This observant musician saw a "pretty woman walking down the street." Know who?

Hollywood loves Roy Orbison's music so much that they always try to secure the rights to use them in movies. Actor-director Bradley Cooper paid tribute to the singer in his take of "A Star Is Born" where they even referenced an Orbison tribute performance there. Also, two words: "Pretty Woman."

"Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch" in guessing '60s musicians. Tell us who?

Movie buffs might know one of The Righteous Brothers' megahits, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," from an early Tom Cruise movie. He sang it in a combined a cappella-karaoke style in the 1986 film "Top Gun" in a scene where he was trying to impress Kelly McGillis' character.

"You're nobody 'til somebody loves you" for being a '60s music whiz. Know this crooner?

Dean Martin was the original "titleholder" of the moniker "King of Cool." As part of the Rat Pack, he performed and hung out with equally "cool cats" Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. They all starred in the original "Ocean's 11" film in 1960.

"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day" if you can tell who this is!

The Motown Sound won't be complete without hearing contributions from The Temptations. They're the ones who hit it big with songs like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," to name a few.

If you "wanna be the teacher's pet," you have to know who this is!

From the late '50s to the early '60s, musicians from South Philadelphia were becoming popular. This roster included Frankie Avalon, who hit it big as a teen idol in "American Bandstand." Aside from being a singer, he also became popular as a matinee idol who starred in teen beach-party films.

You can do the "Cha Cha Cha" or "Volare" with this matinee idol. Do you know him?

Italian American singers like Bobby Rydell came to the spotlight when music and the mafia were suspiciously "close" with each other. Rydell became conscious of that association, so he tried to distance himself from it. But in his autobiography, he wrote about meeting mafia-connected people.

"Roll over, Beethoven" and sing us this guy's name!

Guitar whiz Chuck Berry didn't dabble into music first during his childhood; another art form took his attention — photography. He learned tips from his uncle, who worked as a professional photographer. He later worked as a part-time photographer himself before hitting it big on the music scene.

"Could that someone be Mack the Knife" or this crooner? What's his name?

For someone medically diagnosed to live up to his 16th year only, Bobby Darin poured his heart onto making music and making it big. In his short career, he collected a Grammy Award, an Academy Award nomination and accolades for being a successful Las Vegas performer.

"It ain't me, it ain't me" who'll falter at guessing. How about you? Guess who!

Watch many Vietnam War-set movies and you'll probably hear one of Creedence Clearwater Revival's songs on their soundtrack; remember "Forrest Gump" when he first arrived in Vietnam? "Fortunate Son" was playing there, a song that John Fogerty claims wasn't anti-war. It was more anti-upper class.

"It's not unusual to be loved by anyone," especially if you know who this is. Name drop him for leverage!

For someone who got ill with tuberculosis during his youth, Tom Jones still came out strong and singing. His pipes proved that the disease didn't bring him down, since he jump-started a career in the '60s that's still going strong today. He is shown here singing with Janis Joplin on the television program "This Is Tom Jones" in 1969.

"Ain't that a shame" if you can't say his name. Try it!

The early sound and popularity of rock 'n' roll included Fats Domino's essential contributions. The piano-playing singer greatly influenced other great piano-playing singers, too, like Little Richard, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel.

He greeted us with "Feliz Navidad!" Who wants to "wish you a Merry Christmas?"

There are few persons with disabilities who made it big in the entertainment industry during the '60s and earlier times, and José Feliciano is one of them. The Puerto Rican musician was born blind, but his love of music pushed him to learn how to play musical instruments.

"We're all going on a summer holiday" if you guess who this is!

The singer of "Lucky Lips" named Cliff Richard is more than lucky today. According to reports, this British pop idol is worth around 70 million pounds this decade. That's not surprising, since he's considered as one of the top highest-selling U.K. artists just right behind The Beatles.

They claimed that "I'm Henry the Eighth I am," but really, who are they?

Movie buffs might remember Herman Hermit's popular song "I'm Henry VIII, I am" from the 1990 film "Ghost." This was the song Sam's ghost used to bug Oda Mae the psychic until she agreed to his request. He sang the song all night, to the psychic's dismay.

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