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The Beatles - a trivia quiz


As a teen my tastes in music were pretty retro, and one of first favorite artists was the Beatles. And though my enthusiasm for this band wasn't shared by many of my friends at the time I do have something now some of them only wish they had: a really nice collection of Beatles albums on real vinyl, some even first editions. And though my favorite musical artists have changed somewhat over the years I still do love the Beatles. You can't go wrong with the best, you know?

Anyway, I decided it was high time to create a trivia quiz all about the Beatles and am posting it today. If you want to play along the rules are simple: get out paper and pen or pencil. Number your paper 1-27 then proceed to the questions part on this page. Choose your answer from among the possible four provided for each question and mark it down on your paper. The first 25 questions are the primary questions; the last 2 are bonus questions.The answers are found following the questions part and here you can tally up your correct answers and see how well you did. To score yourself: each correct answer to the primary 25 questions is worth 10 points; correct answers for bonus questions are worth 50 points a piece.

Have fun and good luck!

Trivia quiz questions

Primary questions

1. In March of 1957, at the age of 16, John Lennon formed a skiffle band that would later go on to be famous as The Beatles. Before this name the band was known by a few other names. What band name did they never use?

a. The Blackjacks

b. Johnny and the Moondogs

c. The Waterdogs

d. The Quarrymen

2. Who was the original bass player for The Beatles?

a. Johnny Gentle

b. Tony Sheridan

c. Tommy Steele

d. Stu Sutcliffe

3. Which Beatle -at the age of 14- wowed his way into the group with his rendition of Raunchy?

a. Paul McCartney

b. George Harrison

c. Richard Taylor

d. Ringo Starr

4. Which Beatle spent a great deal of his childhood in and out of hospitals due to a rash of serious illnesses?

a. George Harrison

b. John Lennon

c. Paul McCartney

d. Ringo Starr

5. Before replacing Pete Best as the Beatles’ drummer, Ringo Starr was in what band?

a. The White Cyclones

b. The Brown Tornadoes

c. Rory Storm and the Hurricanes

d. Kyle Triton and the Whirlpools

6. Under what name did the Beatles perform under on their very first recorded album (with Tony Sheridan)?

a. The Beat Brothers

b. The Bonnie Brothers

c. The Blues Brothers

d. The Ballyhoo Brothers

7. What was the name of the industrious Mersey Beat music columnist who went on to became the Beatles’ manager?

a. Brian Epstein

b. Bryce Davies

c. George Hanson

d. Bob Wooler

8. What Beatles song was their first released single?

a. Please, Please Me

b. Love Me Do

c. P.S. I Love You

d. Twist and Shout

9. The Beatles performed live on the Ed Sullivan February 9th, 1964, fetching a record-breaking 73 million viewers for the show. What performer had previously ranked as Ed Sullivan’s most watched act?

a. Buddy Holly

b. Elvis Presley

c. Debbie Reynolds

d. Richard Nixon and his dog, Checkers

10. What was the name of John Lennon’s first wife?

a. Cynthia Powell

b. Astrid Kirchherr

c. Pattie Boyd

d. Maureen Cox

11. The original cover for the Beatles’ album, Yesterday and Today, was scrapped after receiving much criticism in the U.S. What about the original cover did some people find offensive?

a. It was solid black with allegedly “Satanic” red letter fonts

b. It had photos of the Beatles as infants, including one of a 10-month old Paul McCartney lying naked on a bear skin rug

c. The band were photographed in outfits of contrasting and visually disconcerting stripes and plaids

d. The band appeared in butcher smocks and were seated among pieces of raw meat and mutilated baby dolls

12. As of May, 2012 what Beatles album has sold the most copies –in any format?

a. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

b. Abbey Road

c. Magical Mystery Tour

d. The White album

13. What Beatles album has sold the most vinyl copies?

a. The White album

b. Abbey Road

c. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

d. Revolver

14. Producer Phil Spector won an academy award for producing what Beatles soundtrack album?

a. A Hard Day’s Night

b. Help!

c. Let It Be

d. The Yellow Submarine

15. While they were still together what Beatles single record sold the most –going quadruple platinum on the charts?

a. Yesterday/Act Naturally

b. Let It Be/You Know My Name

c. Hey Jude/Revolution

d. Something/Come Together

16. In 1968 the Beatles created a multi-media corporation called what?

a. Northern Songs

b. Banana Boat

c. Holes, Inc.

d. Apple (Corps Ltd)

17. According to music historian consensus this Beatles song has become the most frequently covered song in history. What is it?

a. The Long and Winding Road

b. Yesterday

c. Something

d. (With) A Little Help From My Friends

18. At the end of the Beatles song, “I Am The Walrus” John Lennon can be heard saying what?

a. “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”

b. “Bury my body.”

c. “I buried Paul.”

d. “Live long and prosper”

19. What was the Beatles’ last released album?

a. Let It Be

b. Abbey Road

c. The White Album

d. Blinded by Science

20. What was the Beatles last recorded album?

a. Let It Be

b. Abbey Road

c. The White Album

d. Goodnight Moon

21. After divorcing George Harrison former model Pattie Boyd was briefly married to what rock icon – a relationship that became legendary in the annals of Rock & Roll?

a. Eric Clapton

b. Jim Morrison

c. Jimmy Page

d. Pete Townshend

22. Most sources agree that Paul McCartney wrote the song Hey, Jude for whom?

a. John Lennon

b. himself

c. Julian Lennon (John’s first son)

d. Linda Eastman (later Linda McCartney)

23. What person is not represented on the famous front cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

a. writer Edgar Allan Poe

b. Mahatma (Mohandas K.) Gandhi

c. actress Marilyn Monroe

d. actor Johnny Weismuller

24. The Beatles credited what as the inspiration for the song Yellow Submarine?

a. a yellow bungalow owned by George Harrison

b. seeing a yellow U.S. school bus

c. a yellow hotdog vendor’s car they saw on a street corner

d. a sandwich Ringo Starr drenched with mustard

25. The song Golden Slumbers from the album, Abbey Road, takes part of its lyrics from what?

a. A Hindu prayer

b. A Mother Goose nursery rhyme

c. A short story by Dr. Seuss

d. A speech by John F. Kennedy

Bonus Questions

26. On October 9, 2011 Paul McCartney married American businesswoman, Nancy Shevell. Incidentally, the date also marked what?

a. 42 years earlier the Beatles released their first album to go double platinum

b. It had been 35 years to the day the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

c. It marked ten years since McCartney had been knighted

d. Had he lived it would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday

27. Recently the makers of AMC’s tv series, Mad Men, paid $250,000 to the surviving Beatles and the Beatles’ heirs for the right to use of one of the band’s original album recordings in an episode of the show entitled “Lady Lazarus”. What Beatles song was used?

a. Lady Madonna

b. Tomorrow Never Knows

c. Norwegian Wood

d. Carry That Weight

Scroll down to find trivia quiz answers



1. c. The Waterdogs

2. d. Stu Sutcliffe

3. b. George Harrison

4. d. Ringo Starr

5. c. Rory Storm and the Hurricanes

6. a. The Beat Brothers

7. a. Brian Epstein

8. b. Love Me Do

9. b. Elvis Presley

10. a. Cynthia Powell

11. d. The band appeared in butcher smocks and were seated among pieces of raw meat and mutilated baby dolls

12. a. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

13. b. Abbey Road

14. c. Let It Be

15. c. Hey Jude/Revolution

16. d. Apple (Corps Ltd)

17. b. Yesterday

18. b. “Bury my body.”

19. a. Let It Be

20. b. Abbey Road

21. a. Eric Clapton

22. c. Julian Lennon (John’s first son)

23. b. Mahatma (Mohandas K.) Gandhi

24. a. a yellow bungalow owned by George Harrison

25. b. A Mother Goose nursery rhyme

Bonus questions answers

26. d. Had he lived it would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday

27. b. Tomorrow Never Knows

This trivia quiz Hub post ©May 9, 2012 by Beth Perry



John Smith from New York on August 12, 2018:

I do envy you guys, who had the chance to see them live. Such a great band, I remember my parents and pretty much everyone their age were mad about them...

Pam VA on June 13, 2016:

Great quiz. Scored 21/25 + both bonus. Saw the Beatles in 65 in Houston, so I remember it all. It's hard to get info on record sales, especially vinyl only. Own that butcher block album. Bought it with the second cover pasted on over it in 1966.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on August 28, 2014:

billybuc, that is so cool! The Beatles were long broke up when I was of an age to go to concerts, but I fell in love with their music all the same. Thanks much for taking the quiz and yeah wow, so awesome you got to see them!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2014:

They are only my favorite band, so this was loads of fun. Thanks for testing me to the limit. :) I saw them live in Seattle in 1965...the price of a ticket...$12. Funny the things you remember.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on March 25, 2014:

Ruby H Rose, I am tickled you enjoyed it! Thanks much for dropping by!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on March 25, 2014:

Great quiz, I love learning things about the Beatles.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on May 10, 2012:

point2make, so glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for taking my quiz and voting up, too :)

point2make on May 10, 2012:

A wonderful hub Beth.....it brought back a lot of great memories. I was a little disappointed that I could only manage 18 out of 25 but then I realized that the Beatles era began nearly 52 years ago so I don't blame my memory so much. Voted this hub up! and really enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Thanks.

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on May 10, 2012:

Alastar, awesome on your score. Do you think there's a chance you can find the album? That would be an awesome thing to leave to your children.

As to your speculation - well, I'm not much of a fan of "I'm So Tired" or "You Know My Name Look Up the Number"; always thought they were pretty lame. Then again, even Mozart didn't pull off a masterpiece every time, lol!

Thanks for taking the quiz :)

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on May 10, 2012:

Dexter, you're so right. Thanks for dropping by and playing and rating :)

Beth Perry (author) from Tennesee on May 10, 2012:

Spartucusjones, cool! Thanks for playing :)

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on May 10, 2012:

Twenty out of twenty-five Beth! Read a lot of books on them lol. And i had that Yesterday and Today- with them around the trunk- cover at one time as a kid. Did the Beatles ever record a bad song? If they did i've never heard it. Great Beatles trivia hub Beth- much fun it was!

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on May 10, 2012:

Hi Beth! Great quiz! The Beatles were an awesome band with some of the greatest music. It is still hard to believe that the surviving members are in or approaching their 70's.

Voted up!

CJ Baker from Parts Unknown on May 09, 2012:

Very informative quiz. I learned a couple of things that I didn't know.

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