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MUSIC FACTS

MUSICAL FACTS

David Howell Evans, U2's 'The Edge' used to live in the Los Angeles house where Eric and Lyle Menendez killed their parents in 1989
*Paul McCartney has used several pseudonyms in his career including 'Paul Ramone', 'Bernard Webb', 'A. Smith', 'Apollo C. Vermouth', 'Country Hams', "Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington" and 'The Fireman'
*Sheryl Crow started her singing career as a backup singer on Michael Jackson's Bad tour; also she was a backup singer on tours for George Harrison, Joe Cocker, and Rod Stewart before starting her solo career
*Monaco's national orchestra is bigger than it's army
*Jimmy Page's first session job for the Decca Label was the recording of "Diamonds" by Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, which went to Number 1 on the singles chart in 1963
*Madonna was protected by 10,000 soldiers and riot police at her Moscow concert after the Russian Orthodox Church staged protests against her self-crucifixion stunt, which has become an infamous part of her Confessions tour. (September 15, 2006)
*Guitar probably comes from the word kithara, which was the principal stringed instrument of the ancient Greeks and later of the Romans. The kithara was played with a plectrum, it was a larger and stronger form of the lyre.
*As of 2005, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,422 weeks or 27 years on the UK album charts; more time than any other musical act including The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
*While pregnant, Madonna had cravings for peanut squash and sticky toffee pudding; Mel B had cravings for peanut butter, cheesecake, ice-cream and chips, while her former band mate Victoria just craved for gerkins.
*In 1987, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, followed by The Supremes in 1988.
*'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' by Wham! was inspired by a sign Andrew Ridgeley used to put on his bedroom door for his mum to wake him before she went to work; it was also Wham's first US hit.
*The singing voice of Lauren Bacall, in her screen debut, 'To Have And Not Have' was dubbed by Andy Williams .. when he was a teenager.
*In 1957, Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon, was fired for violating the radio station's ban against playing Elvis Presley's rendition of "White Christmas." After hearing reports that many U.S. radio stations had banned Elvis' Christmas album because of their shock over "the Pelvis" singing religious songs, DJ Allen Brooks of CKWS in Kingston, Ontario, played the entire album and invited listeners to call in their opinion. Of 800 callers, only 56 disapprove of Presley's sacred music
*The Eurythmics have appeared on BBC's 'Top Of The Pops' 25 times, starting with 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)' on February 24th 1983 to '17 Again' on January 20th 2000
*The piano player on Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is Larry Knechtel of the group "Bread"
*On the 1977 Emerson, Lake and Palmer tour, there were 63 roadies , including a karate instructor for Palmer and their own doctor. It was also rumored they had a "carpet roadie," whose job was to transport and sweep the Persian rug Lake stood on during the concerts. They also used a 70 piece orchestra.
* Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi introduced the "Rock Hand Symbol" of the two middle fingers and thumb in to the palm of the hand and the pinky and index finger out. He said that his Grandmother used to use it by pointing at her eyes with it and pointing back at him. He considered it giving someone the "Evil Eye" and decided to use it for Black Sabbath as a symbol to "Rock On."
*Rock band Van Halen had a provision in their contract demanding M&Ms backstage with the brown ones removed. This was a way of seeing if the promoters read the contract. If they saw brown M&Ms, they knew there would be problems with the show
*Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, played oboe on "Baby You're A Rich Man" by the Beatles
*Before becoming Elvis Presley's agent, Colonel Tom Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens.
*January 2002, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" replaced Aaliyah's "More Than A Woman" at #1 - the only time that a deceased artist has taken over from another deceased artist at #1
*Rod Stewart was in a group called 'Shotgun Express' with Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood (the latter two went on to form Fleetwood Mac)
*Paul Bruce Dickinson (who went by the name Bruce Bruce before joining Iron Maiden) released a single with Rowan Atkinson in the UK. It was a cover of Alice Cooper's "(I Want to Be) Elected," and the artists wwere credited as "Mr. Bean and the Smear Campaign".
*Aerosmith Steve Tyler's daughter, Liv, was born in 1976 to Bebe Buell, a legendary groupie who also had affairs with Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, and Todd Rundgren. She told Liv that Rundgren was her father, and Liv didn't find out the truth until she was 11.
*Neil Sedaka played piano on Bobby Darin's hit "Dream Lover"
*When Elvis Presley was inducted into the US Army on March 24th, 1958, Uncle Sam started losing an estimated $500,000 in lost taxes for each year that Private Presley served
*Billy Joel played piano on The Shangri-Las' "Leader Of The Pack" (1964)
*Iron Butterfly's hit "In A Gadda Da Vida", was originally called "In The Garden of Eden". Singer Doug Ingle, was so trashed on LSD one rehearsal that it came out "In A Gadda Da Vida", and the band decided that was a better name for the song
*The MGs were the backup band for Otis Redding when he recorded "Dock Of The Bay" in 1967. The famous whistling in the third verse of that song was something Redding did to fill time until he could fill it in with some words. He never had the chance, he died in a plane crash 3 days later
*Pink Floyd were the first band to use a quadraphonic sound system at their concerts. Using 4 different channels of audio, it was an early version of surround sound.
*The dinosaur, Cryolophosaurus, was at one point informally known as the Elvisaurus, due to the resemblance to Elvis Presley's pompadour haircut in the 1950s.
*During their 30 odd year career, Black Sabbath have had 29 different members.
*Michael Jackson was just five years old when the Jackson Five played their first professional gig. Their fee for the night was only eight dollars, but they collected over one hundred dollars in money tossed on the stage.
*The harmonica is the world's best-selling music instrument.
*Leo Sayer had a Brighton (UK) Bus named after him. It ran on Metro Line 7 from September 1999 until April 2004 when bus was sold.
*In 2000 George Michael paid £1.45m for the Steinway piano on which John Lennon wrote 'Imagine.'
*Each KISS member represents a character. Simmons is The Demon, Frehley is The Spaceman, Stanley is The Star Child, Criss is The Cat, and Carr was The Fox. Vincent briefly wore makeup with an Ankh design in his early concerts with the group.
*Cynthia 'Plaster' Caster, a groupie became famous for making plaster cast's of rock star's penises and breasts. Clients include Jimi Hendrix and members from MC5, Television, The Kinks and various road managers
*In 1955 an unsuccessful bid to change copyright laws that would prohibit white artists from singing R&B cover tunes was proposed to U.S. Congress by singer, LaVern Baker
*You can sing the chorus of the Beach Boys "Surfing USA" along with Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen"
*Frank Sinatra used to referred to "Something" as his favorite Lennon-McCartney song. However, it is a George Harrison composition
*Themes from Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, and Absolute Power were all written by Clint Eastwood
*Bob Dylan's first professional performance was as opening act for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York, 1961
*The Star-Spangled Banner became the US national anthem in 1931. Prior to that, it was My Country 'Tis of Thee," which had the same melody as Britian's national anthem God Save the Queen, which is based on music written by John Bull in 1619.
*In 1979, Judy Garland's false eye lashes were sold at auction for $125
*Tony Blackburn was the first D.J. on BBC Radio One. The first song played was "Flowers In The Rain" by The Move
*John Lennon sang into a condom-covered microphone to protect himself from electric shocks while trying to achieve an underwater sound for The Beatles hit "Yellow Submarine," but they never used the zany recording
*Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker covered all bases by selling both "I Love Elvis" buttons as well as "I Hate Elvis" buttons.
*Louis Armstrong's nickname Satchmo was an abbreviation of "satchelmouth," a joke on the size of his mouth... He was also nicknamed Gatemouth, Dippermouth, Dip & Pops.
*Cockney Rebel bass player Paul Jeffreys was one of the 270 passengers on Pan-Am flight 103 killed by a terrorist bomb when the plane crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland. Sex Pistol John Lydon and his wife, Nora missed the flight because his wife hadn't packed in time. The Four Tops also had been booked onto the flight returning to the States for Christmas but missed it after a recording session over ran.
*About 2,4 billion CDs are sold annually and the number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold has been equalled. Around one-third of recorded CDs are pirated.
*Peter Hogman (The Dimensions) played the harmonica solo on Millie's hit "My Boy Lollipop", Chris Blackwell had brought Jamaican singer Millie to London to record under the direction of guitarist Ernest Ranglin and members of The Dimension
*Ex Spice Girl Emma Bunton played one of the bridemaids who were catapulted onto a giant wedding cake in a Halifax Building Society TV commercial. Former S Club 7's Tina Barret appeared in the same advert
*Elton John's original name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight. The name Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, British R&B singer and founder of Blues Inc. Eventually, he made Elton Hercules John his legal name. Hercules was the name of the horse in the British comedy series Steptoe and Son.
*'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen contains the famous "mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go" line. It was knocked off the No.1 position on the UK chart by Abba's 'Mamma Mia' (January 1976).
*In a 1997 TV interview Mick Jagger attributed the original classic design of the Stones' tongue logo to John Pasch, not Andy Warhol as often misquoted.
*According to producer George Martin, the 60's Batman TV theme tune inspired George Harrison of the Beatles, to write the hit song "Taxman"
*" No Woman No Cry", Bob Marley's first hit was released as a single from his album, Live!, which was recorded at the Lyceum in London in 1975. Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left the group the year before this was released. They were upset at the way Bob Marley was given top billing.
*In the classic 1966 French film ...


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