Fifty Years of Rock

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    This year rock n roll officially celebrates its 50th anniversary. On July 5, 1954, Elvis

    Presley recorded his first hit song, Thats All Right, at the legendary Sun Studio in

    Memphis, Tennessee. Many historians believe this marks the official arrival of rock n


    To commemorate the event we have compiled a list of some of the biggest names in rock

    and pop music. How many of the names do you recognise? Do you know how these

    groups and artists chose the names that made them famous? Read each of the stories

    and see if you can match each one with the correct name.


    ..1.ABBA ..6.ELVIS


    .....11.ELTOH JOHN .....16.QUEEN

    ..2.AEROSMITH .....7.DIRE STRAITS* .....12.IRON MAIDEN .....17.R.E.M.

    ..3.THE BEATLES .....8.THE DOORS .....13.NIRVANA .....18.ROLLING




    .....9.BOB DYLAN .....14.OASIS .....19.U2

    ..5.DAVID BOWIE .....10.EAGLES .....15.PET SHOP


    .....20.THE WHO


    A) In Buddhism this means the state of perfect blessedness* attained* through the

    annihilation* of the self*.

    B) It stands forrapid eye movement, which is the movement of your eyes that

    occurs when you sleep while youre dreaming.

    C) Its an acronym* for the first names of the band members: Agnetha Faltskog,

    Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad.

    D) This is a type of spy plane used by the United States. The name grew out of

    thoughts of interactivity with the audience* as in you too.

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    E) According to the legend, it was a word that Joey Kramer wrote all over his

    notebooks in high school. Some think they were inspired by the book

    Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis.

    F) Buddy Holly had a group called the Crickets, so the band called themselves the

    Silver Beetles. John Lennon is generally credited with combining the words

    beetles and beatto come up with the final spelling.

    G) Freddie Mercury liked the name because of its royal image and the fact that the

    word was also used in the gay community.

    H) He combined the names of Elvis Presley and Lou Costello.

    I) He thought his real name, Robert Zimmerman, was too long and he was a big

    fan of Dylan Thomas.

    J) He took his last name from a type of knife that he liked when he was young. He

    didnt use his real name, David Jones, because he didnt want to be confused

    with David Jones of the Monkees.

    K) His real name is Reginald Dwight. He took his stage name from two other

    British musicians, Elton Dean and John Baldry.

    L) Named after a 1963 horror film starring Boris Karloff. They released* an album

    asEarth before changing their name.

    M) Named after a medieval torture device*.

    N) The band members were tired of looking for a name. When someone made

    another suggestion the said The who? Finally, someone suggested keeping it

    as their name.

    O) The name describes the financial situation they were in when forming the band.

    P) The name was inspired by some friends who worked in a pet shop.

    Q) The name was inspired by the Byrds, who were a big influence. Their first name

    was Teen King and the Emergences.

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    R) The name was suggested by Brian Jones and comes from the Muddy Waters

    song Rolling Stones.

    S) This comes from a William Blake quote: If the doors of perception were to be

    cleansed* everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

    T) This was the name of a sports centre in the English town of Swindon.


    - dire straits (exp): serious money problems

    - blessedness (n): supreme happiness

    - attain (v): get, achieve

    - annihilation (n): total destruction

    - self (n): individual identity

    - acronym (n): word formed from the first letters of the words of a phrase

    - audience (n): people who go to see a concert

    - release (v): make available in shops

    - device (n): machine

    - cleanse (v): clean


    Here are the leaders of some very famous rock and pop groups. Can you name the


    1. John Lennon and Paul McCartney

    2. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

    3. Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry

    4. Jim Morrison

    5. Freddy Mercury

    6. Michael Stipe

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    7. Sting

    8. Bono

    9. Kurt Cobain

    10. Mark Knopfler

    11. Ozzy Osbourne

    12. Brian Wilson