Popular music has always struck a vibrant chord in Wigan, stretching from George Formby right through to 90s rock group The Verve.

Georgie Fame was from Wigan, as were operatic singers Thomas Burke and Margery Booth, who was also an intrepid wartime spy.

Limahl, lead singer of Kajagoogoo, was born in Pemberton. The Railway Children, the Tansads, Witness and Starsailor all started in Wigan – not to mention Northern Soul.

How well do you remember the Wigan musical phenomenon? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with friends?

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Which dance troupe from Wigan gave Charlie Chaplin his professional debut?

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From 1973 to 1981, which venue hosted the Wigan Casino – home of the renowned weekly Northern Soul all-nighters? It was named the best disco in the world in 1978.

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Wigan cotton weaver turned singer-songwriter Georgie Fame went straight to the top of the UK singles chart in 1964 with which song?

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Singer Limahl, whose stage name is an anagram of his real name Christopher Hamill, found nationwide fame when Kajagoogoo’s debut single went straight to Number One in January 1983. What was it called?

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What was George Formby’s profession before he went on the stage?

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In what year were The Verve founded in Wigan by Richard Ashcroft (vocals), Nick McCabe (guitar), Simon Jones (bass) and Peter Salisbury (drums)? They met at Winstanley Sixth Form College.

Richard Ashcroft
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Opera singer Margery Booth once sang before Hitler moments after a British officer had concealed secret documents in her dress. After the war, her information helped convict which famous Nazi?

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In what year did George Formby release his famous comic song Chinese Laundry Blues?

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Georgie Fame played with which band who previously accompanied Billy Fury?

Alan price
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Considered one of the defining songs of the Britpop era, The Verve’s 1997 single Bitter Sweet Symphony peaked at which position in the UK charts?

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