BARRY LEVINE: How well do you know your Doo-Wop?

THE OLD ROCKER: Ah, if only little Suzie had an alarm on her watch

The Everly Brothers (Special photo)

The Everly Brothers (Special photo)


The Big Bopper (Special photo)


Bobby Darin (Special photo)

A good friend from Orlando, Fla., sent me a Doo-Wop quiz and that became the inspiration for this quiz. The answers are at the bottom.

1. When did Little Susie finally wake up in the Everly Brothers’ 1957 hit “Wake Up Little Susie?

A. 2 o’clock

B. 3 o’clock

C. 4 o’clock

2. Bill Haley and the Comets’ No. 1 1955 hit “Rock Around the Clock” was featured in what movie?

A. “Rebel Without a Cause”

B. “Blackboard Jungle”

C. “Jailhouse Rock”

3. Which word is missing from the title of the Penguins’ 1955 rock ‘n’ roll smash hit “Earth ”?

A. Angel

B. Mother

C. Worm

4. Where did Fats Domino find his thrill in his 1956 hit?

A. In Kansas City

B. In Heartbreak Hotel

C. On Blueberry Hill

5. For which label did Elvis Presley first record?

A. Atlantic Records

B. RCA Records

C. Sun Records

6. In this Coasters’ 1959 hit, who asked, “Why’s everybody always picking on me?”

A. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

B. Charlie Brown

C. Buster Brown

7. Bobby Darin had his biggest hit and the biggest hit of the year in 1959. Which song remained in the top spot for nine weeks?

A. “Splish Splash”

B. “Queen of the Hop”

C. “Mack the Knife”

8. Name the song with the following line: “A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.”

A. “Good Golly, Miss Molly”

B. “Be-Bop-A-Lula”

C. “Tutti Frutti”

9. Which DJ is given credit for coining the phrase “rock ‘n’ roll?”

A. Dick Clark

B. Allen Freed

C. Wolfman Jack

10. He decided to leave the music business in 1957 to become a minister. He returned a few years later. Who is he?

A. Little Richard

B. Frankie Lyman

C. Jerry Lee Lewis

11. Which female star inspired “Puppy Love,” Paul Anka’s 1960 hit?

A. Brenda Lee

B. Sandra Dee

C. Annette Funicello

12. What are the Everly Brothers’ first names?

A. Pete and Dick

B. Don and Phil

C. Bob and Bill

13. The Big Bopper charted with “Chantilly Lace” in 1959. What was his real name?

A. Jiles P. Richardson

B. Roy Harold Scherer

C. Marion Michael Morrison

14. Which record company did Berry Gordy Jr. start in 1959?

A. Decca Records

B. Montel Records

C. Motown Records

15. Edd “Kookie” Byrnes had a Top 10 hit in 1959 with” Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb.” On which TV show did he star?

A. 77 Sunset Strip

B. Hawaiian Eye

C. Surfside Six

16. Which movie star did Bobby Darin marry in 1960?

A. Carol Lynley

B. Sandra Dee

C. Natalie Wood

17. They were the one-hit wonders who had a Top 10 hit in 1958 with “The Book of Love.” Which group was it?

A. Penguins

B. Monotones

C. Harvey & the Moonglows

18. The Everly Brothers had their first Top 10 hit in 1957. What was it?

A. “Wake up Little Susie”

B. “Bye, Bye Love”

C. “All I Have to Do is Dream”

19. Chuck Berry had a hit in 1955 and one of the lines in the song was,” Oh, _, why can’t you be true?” What was her name?

A. “Carol”

B. “Peggy Sue”

C. “Maybelline”

20. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs had one of the biggest hits in 1965. What was it?

A. “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”

B. “Can’t Help Myself”

C. “Wooly Bully”

21. Larry Williams had one of his biggest hits in 1957. What was it called?

A. “You Can’t Sit Down”

B. “Bony Moronie”

C. “Lonely Teardrops”

22. Which female performer sang “Tall Paul?”

A. Connie Francis

B. Brenda Lee

C. Annette Funicello

23. In 1956, Elvis Presley had his first No. 1 hit. What was it?

A. “Hound Dog”

B. “Don’t Be Cruel”

C. “Heartbreak Hotel”

24. One of this group’s biggest hits came in 1962 when “Up on the Roof” climbed into the Top 10. Which group was it?

A. Coasters

B. Drifters

C. Little Anthony & the Imperials

25. This singer struck gold in 1959 with “Personality.” Who was he?

A. Jimmy Jones

B. Jimmy Clanton

C. Lloyd Price


1. 4 o’clock

2. “Blackboard Jungle”

3. Angel

4. “Blueberry Hill”

5. Sun

6. “Charlie Brown”

7. “Mack the Knife”

8. Tutti Frutti

9. Allen Freed

10. Little Richard

11. Annette Funicello

12. Don & Phil

13. Jiles P. Richardson

14. Motown Records

15. 77 Sunset Strip

16. Sandra Dee

17. Monotones

18. “Bye Bye Love”

19. “Maybelline”

20. “Wooly Bully”

21. “Bony Moronie”

22. Annette Funicello

23. “Heartbreak Hotel”

24. Drifters

25. Lloyd Price

The mailman cometh:

Dear Old Rocker:

Thanks so much for including Ray Price in those we lost article. Ray was a great singer and innovator. His steels and fiddles are among the best. I got to see him a few years ago in Americus.

I know you are a Yankee fan but when I grew up in the ’50s I loved the Dodgers, The Duke, Gil, Campy, Pee Wee, Preacher, Junior, Jackie, Skoonj, Oisk, Billy Cox, Newk, and all the rest were my heroes.

— Larry Tucker

Dear Old Rocker:

Enjoyed your article on Dec. 29. I am a huge Beatles fan, and remembered when they dominated the music scene.

I am not sure you were aware of this, but the song “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon was written by Paul McCartney. I thought perhaps it might be mentioned in your article when you were making a point of how the Beatles basically owned the charts in 1964.

I thought it was interesting that the Beatles could do no wrong, even when it came to giving a song as a gift to Peter and Gordon.

It will be a great year celebrating 50 years.

— Keith Fletcher

Barry Levine writes columns about entertainment for The Albany Herald. He can be reached at dot0001@yahoo.com.