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*The themes from movies Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, and Absolute Power were all written by Clint Eastwood
*MYTH :- It was during their 1995 tour that Roxette became the first Western band to be allowed to perform in China since Wham! in 1985
TRUTH
:- In 1985 Wham became the first western band to perform in China, after which the German rock band BAP where the 2nd western band to be allowed to perform in China in 1987. In total BAP performed 8 concerts in China… three concerts in Beijing, three in Shanghai and two in Guangzhou

*Triphammer was a Beastie Boys side project, it is a hard rock style band they formed in the early to mid 80s as a sort of joke and they jammed on Black Sabbath-type, Hendix stuff often altering the words to songs. The Beastie Boys, as Triphammer, opened up for some of their own shows in the disguise of heavy rockers wearing wigs and wierd costumes. The idea to start playing the Triphammer material again came when the Beastie Boys had grown a little tired of life on the road, so to liven up things, they decided Triphammer would be one of the tour's opening acts while in the Deep South on the Licensed to Ill tour in 1987. Over their history it is unknown how many times they opened for themselves
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* The 1976 worldwide hit single "Fernando" was not originally released as an ABBA song, but as a solo single by Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It was featured on her No. 1 Swedish solo album Frida ensam in 1975. The song was composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and carried the working title of "Tango". Preparations for Anni-Frid's recording began in August 1975, and the song was then called "Hernandez", but the writers made a last-minute change to the title before recording. The suggestion of the name "Fernando" was given by their limousine driver Peter Forbes in Shepperton, England, and Tony Fernando, a wealthy exports director for celebrities such as Princess Anne and Tom Selleck, was a friend of Peter Forbes
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* Staff at London's Dorchester Hotel were less than impressed with Michael Jackson's many antics, like when in 2005 he frightened a maid when he opened his door dressed in a full Mickey Mouse outfit. He was politely asked to find somewhere else to stay in 2009 after the hotel finally grew tired of the "circus" that accompanied him every time he visited.
The singer Nicki Minaj was the second celebrity to be booted out of the Dorchester after hordes of her fans stormed the hotel causing havac, starting fights and spray painting the lift doors.
* "Dim All the Lights" was Donna Summer's only hit single that she wrote alone, with no co-writers. She originally intended to give the song to Rod Stewart, but changed her mind at the last minute. This song also contains the longest sustained note sung by a female artist in a top 40 song in both the US and the UK, at about sixteen seconds.
* The Beatles' album "Rubber Soul" inspired The Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds", which in turn inspired The Beatles' "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band"

* UK Christmas
No.1 albums: The most successful act is The Beatles, who have topped the UK Christmas chart with seven different albums. With the exception of 1966, they reached No.1 on every UK Christmas chart from 1963 to 1969 and also topped the chart in 2000 with their singles collection, 1. The only other act to release more than three Christmas No.1 albums is British singer Robbie Williams, who topped the chart with three solo albums in the early 2000s and also featured as part of Take That on their 2010 album, Progress. Take That have had three Christmas No.1 albums
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* "The Trip" by Donovan … This Donovan song can be interpreted in two different ways. Donovan named it after a nightclub in Los Angeles called "The Trip" where he performed, but at the same time he was also tripping out on LSD before he returned to London where he became the first British musician to be busted for drugs.
* Alison Goldfrapp, lead vocalist of the UK electronic music duo Goldfrapp, sang vocals on the theme tune for the BAFTA award winning children's TV series "Old Bear Stories", which ran in the UK from 1993-1997

* Richard Marx contributed backing vocals to Lionel Richie’s hit "You Are", as well as "Running with the Night" and "All Night Long (All Night)".
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We all know the British rock band Pink Floyd named their band after the two American early blues singers Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, but both these musicians died within a year of the release of Pink Floyd's album, Wish You Were Here. The introduction/sound effects to the track "Wish You Were Here" was recorded using David Gilmours car radio, when he ran a lead out of Abbey Lane Studios to his car, where he fiddled with his radio. Also the vocals for the song "Have a Cigar" on the album Wish You Were Here are performed by Roy Harper.
*The identification of the song "My Way" with Sinatra became so strong, and the song so iconic, that the Soviet government of Mikhail Gorbachev jokingly referred to its policy of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other Warsaw Pact countries as the "Sinatra Doctrine". Also as a worldwide hugely popular karaoke song it has caused numerous incidents of violence and homicides amongst drunkards in bars in the Philippines, which are referred in the media as the "My Way Killings"
*The Dirty Mac was an English supergroup consisting of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell that Lennon put together for The Rolling Stones' TV special entitled The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Recorded on December 11th 1968, this was the first time since the formation of The Beatles in 1960, that Lennon who was still in the group, had performed in public without them
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*The theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar, 'Masiakasaurus knopfleri', was named after the guitarist Mark Knopfler, the palaeontologists were listening to Dire Straits recordings when they discovered the species.
*Elton John was an uncredited backing vocalist on Neil Sedaka's single "Bad Blood" which reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. Also, funnily "Bad Blood" was replaced at the No.1 spot by Elton John's own single, "Island Girl".
*In 1982, Simon Cowell dressed up as Wonder Dog on various UK TV shows to promote "Ruff Mix", a techno tune featuring dogs barking. It was a side project of Harald Thumann of which Simon aquired the rights to. The tune ended up at No.31 in the UK single charts
*In 1984, Rockwell aka Kennedy William Gordy, the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy and Margaret Norton, released his biggest hit single, "Somebody's Watching Me". The song featured his childhood friends Michael Jackson on guest vocals (notably in the chorus lyrics), and Jermaine Jackson singing back-up. A clip of the song was remixed and released on Michael Jackson's Immortal album in 2011, with parts of songs such as "Is It Scary", "Threatened" and "Monster" . . .

* "
Ron & Bill" was a short-lived incarnation of Ronnie White and Smokey Robinson from the early months of the Motown organization. This credit appeared on only one record, the single "It" b/w "Don't Say Bye Bye" recorded in June 1959 on Tamla.
*There are 12 fa's and 96 la’s in the Christmas carol "Deck The Hall"

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On January 16th 1980, Paul McCartney and his wife Linda arrived at Tokyo International Airport for a week-long Japanese tour with Wings. A customs officer found a large fist-sized bag of marijuana in their hand luggage, after which the Wings tour was cancelled and Paul spent 9 days. Prior to his arrest in Tokyo, he had been busted three times. In 1972, he paid a $2,000 fine for smuggling hashish into Sweden. The same year, he was fined for pot possession in Scotland, and in 1973, he was fined again for growing cannabis on his Scottish highlands farm
*A 1964 'Rickenbacker Rose Morris 1998' was the first of many guitars which Pete Townsend of The Who smashed to smithereens, after he accidently snapped off its neck against the ceiling of the Railway Hotel, Harrow and Wealdstone on September 8th 1964. Since then he has smashed to smithereens an estimated 87 guitars, which include, 12 Gibson Les Pauls Delux, 21 Gibson SGs and 23 Fender Stratocasters.

*British rock group, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) official band logo, was designed in 1976 by artist Kosh; it was first seen on their 1976 album A New World Record and is based on a 1946 Wurlitzer jukebox model 4008 speaker. The 4008 speaker was itself based upon the upper cabinet of the Wurlitzer model 1015 jukebox. The logo appeared on most of the band's album covers in various forms. For instance, on 1977's Out of the Blue, the logo was turned into a huge flying saucer space station, an enduring image now synonymous with the band. On the follow-up album Discovery, the logo became a small glowing artefact on top of a treasure chest. Bev Bevan usually displayed the logo on his drum set
*"When You Wish upon a Star" was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio. The original version of the song was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, and is heard over the opening credits and again in the final scene of the film. The song has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company
*Hazel Scott was the first coloured lady to have her own TV show in the USA, The Hazel Scott Show, which premiered on the DuMont Television Network on July 3rd 1950. However, due to her public opposition to McCarthyism and racial segregation, the show was canceled, the final broadcast was September 29th 1950.
*"All You Need Is Love" was first performed by The Beatles on 'Our World', the first ever live global television link. Watched by well over 500 million in 31 countries, the programme was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967. The BBC had commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the United Kingdom's contribution.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.
*Alice Cooper was cast as a piano-playing waiter in Mae West's final film "Sextette" in 1978. Also the late Keith Moon was cast as a Dress Designer and Ringo Starr played the role of Laslo Karolny, a European movie director and the fourth of Marlo Manners's (Mae West aged 85) former husbands
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*"I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" is a Country and Western song written and first recorded in 1935 by Rubye Blevins, who performed as Patsy Montana. It was the first Country and Western song by a female artist to sell more than one million copies.
*The video for "If I Could Turn Back Time" took place on board battleship USS Missouri, where Cher sang to a large group of sailors. The video was filmed on July 1st 1989 while the ship was stationed at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard at Pier D along with the crew. The band played on the foredeck, and the whole vessel is rigged with spotlights, light racks and strobes and the crew is on the deck, waving with the rhythm. Cher's outfit, a fishnet body stocking under a very revealing black one-piece bathing suit, caused some controversy, and many TV networks refused to show the video.
*As well as being lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, Brian May is an animal activist. He formed the group, Save Me (named after the May-written Queen song), which campaigns for the protection of all animals against unnecessary, cruel and degrading treatment. As well as this, he is an astrophysicist and is the co-author of "Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe". Brian also has had a lifelong interest in collecting Victorian stereophotography and in 2009, with co-author Elena Vidal, he published his second book, "A Village Lost and Found", on the work of English stereophotography innovator TR William.
*Clark Terry is one of the most prolific jazz musicians in history, having appeared on 905 known recording sessions, which makes him the most recorded trumpet player of all time. In comparison, Louis Armstrong performed on 620 sessions, Harry "Sweets" Edison on 563, and Dizzy Gillespie on 501.
*Gene Autry's version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer holds the distinction of being the only No.1 hit to fall completely off the chart after hitting No.1 the week of Christmas, 1949. The official date of its No. 1 status was for the week ending January 7, 1950, making it the first No.1 song of the 1950s. None the less, it sold 2.5 million copies the first year, eventually selling a total of 25 million, and it remained the second best-selling record of all time until the 1980s
*The Doors drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger worked as technical advisers on the 1991 film, The Doors. John also had a cameo roll in the film, he played the studio engineer in the booth urging Jim (Val Kilmer) to call it a night in the opening sequence. Although impressed with Val's performance as Morrison, John & Robby were unhappy with the film as a whole.
*In 1957 at the age of 13, guitarist Jimmy Page appeared on BBC TV 's "All Your Own" talent quest programme in a skiffle quartet. They played "Mama Don't Want To Skiffle Anymore" and another American-flavoured song, "In Them Ol' Cottonfields Back Home". When asked by the host Huw Wheldon what he wanted to do after schooling, Jimmy said, "I want to do biological research to find a cure for cancer, if it isn't discovered by then"
*Carlos Santana spent several years working as a dishwasher and busking for spare change on the streets of San Francisco before becoming a full-time professional musician. After the band, Santana's first audition, at the Avalon Ball Room in the summer of 1967, promoter Chet Helms told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested that Carlos should keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock's Drive-In on 3rd St
*U2 album covers: The child on the cover of 'Boy' is Peter Rowan, a nephew of a friend of the band. Then 2 albums later, Peter was used again for the cover of 'War'

*"Dueling Banjos" the instrumental composition by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith made famous by the 1972 motion picture Deliverance. The song was composed in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos". Smith recorded it, playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player Don Reno. The song went to No. 2 for four weeks on the U.S. pop chart in 1973 and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks the same year. BUT it also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, since it was used in the film Deliverance without his permission.
*The front cover of E.L.O.s 4th album "Eldorado - A Symphony" officially known as simply Eldorado, was designed by Sharon Arden, later known as Sharon Osbourne (Ozzie's wife). It comprises a still from the popular 1939 film The Wizard of Oz... the ruby slippers.
*The Beatles's Help! album cover features the group with their arms positioned to spell out a word in flag semaphore, but it does not read "help", as many believed. On the UK Parlophone release, the letters formed by The Beatles appear to be 'NUJV', whilst the slightly re-arranged US release on Capitol Records appeared to feature the letters 'NVUJ'
*While many people believe Eric Clapton is nicknamed "Slow Hand(s)" because of his style of playing or even because his fingers are slow on the guitar; it is actually because once during a concert he played his guitar so hard that one of its strings broke, and he took time out to re-string it. As he did, the fans in attendance began a "slow hand" clap.
*When The Inspiral Carpets headlined Reading Festival in 1990, they brought on a pantomime cow. The band's then guitar roadie, Noel Gallagher - now of Oasis, was one half of that cow.
*John Lennon and Paul McCartney both had their first 'Beatles' haircut during a trip to Paris in 1961. The pair hooked up with old friend Jurgen Vollmer who they knew from Germany, who wore his hair brushed forward. Vollmer had copied the style from actor Jean Marais in the 1959 Jean Cocteau movie 'Le Testament d'Orphee'
*The Four Pennies' "Juliet" was the only 1964 No.1 by a UK group not to chart in America. The U.S. division of Philips Records issued only two of the Four Pennies' singles stateside. Both were major European hits, "Juliet" and "Until It's Time for You to Go", but neither saw any significant chart presence or airplay in the US.
*Steppenwolf's keyboardist Goldy McJohn, once played in a band The Mynah Birds with Neil Young and Rick James
*Jamaica 1963... Studio One’s Coxsone Dodd asked the pianist of The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo to compose an original music while running recording sessions. With the help of drummer Lloyd Knibbs, Mittoo turned the traditional ska beat into reggae music by slowing down the tempo. Bob Marley who had recorded ska, rocksteady and nyabinghi-drumming records early in his music career, played an hugely important role in popularizing reggae throughout the world.
*Johnny Cash was given the name "J.R." because his parents could not agree on a name, only on initials. When he enlisted in the United States Air Force, the military would not accept initials as his name, so he adopted John R. Cash as his legal name. In 1955, when signing with Sun Records, he took Johnny Cash as his stage name
*According to the band, the song "Black Sabbath", released February 13th 1970, was inspired by a frightening experience that Geezer Butler had related to Ozzy Osbourne. In the days of Earth, Geezer painted his apartment matte black and placed several inverted crucifixes on the walls. Ozzie gave him a book about witchcraft. He read the book and placed the book on a shelf before going to sleep. When he woke up, he claims he saw a large black figure standing at the end of his bed. The figure disappeared and Geezer rushed to get the book, only to find that the book was gone. He then told Ozzie, who wrote the lyrics to the song
*In 1986, David Gilmour purchased the houseboat Astoria which is moored on the River Thames near Hampton Court, and transformed it into a recording studio. The boat was built in 1911 for impresario Fred Karno, who wanted to have the best houseboat on the river. He designed it so that there could be an entire 90-piece orchestra playing on deck. The majority of the two most recent Pink Floyd albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, as well as Dave Gilmour's 2006 solo release On an Island, were recorded there.
*Elvis Presley has had the most Hot 100 entries with a total of 151 and Paul McCartney has written the most number-one hits with a total of 32
*Glastonbury Festival: The first festival at Worthy Farm was the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, mounted by Michael Eavis in September 1970, and attended by 1,500 people. The first act to perform was the group Stackridge; the headline act was Tyrannosaurus Rex, later known as T.Rex.
The larger free festival at the summer solstice in June the next year was the first to attract nationwide interest, and the event became an important precursor of later Glastonbury Festivals. The Glastonbury Fayre of 1971 featured the first incarnation of the "Pyramid Stage" built from scaffolding and metal sheeting. Performers included David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Quintessence, and Melanie.
*Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys died in 1983, he drowned while swimming near his boat in California, US; Ronald Reagan, then President of America gave special permission so Dennis's body could be buried at sea
*In 1966 British pop music promoter, group manager and songwriter Ronnie Scott, along with legendary UK pop singer Marty Wilde wrote the track "When Jesamine Goes", for Welsh rock band The Bystanders (later called Man), BUT the songwriting duo went under the pseudonyms of Frere Manston and Jack Gellar. (In 1968 the track was covered by The Casuals as "Jesamine" and got to No.2 in the UK singles chart).
*As of 2005, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums had spent a total of 1,322 weeks or twenty-seven years on the UK album charts; more time than any other musical act. In 2006 the Queens Greatest Hits album was the U K's all-time best selling album, with sales upwards of 5,407,587 copies, over 604,295 more copies than its nearest competitor, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band has released a total of eighteen number one albums, eighteen number one singles, and ten number one DVDs worldwide making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. Their total album sales have been estimated at over 300 million worldwide including 32.5 million in the United States alone as of 2004.
*After counting 23 faked orgasms performed by Donna Summer in "Love to Love You Baby", the British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) banned the song. However, it did not stop it from becoming a massive hit, in 1976, "Love to Love You Baby" reached No.4 on the UK single charts and peaked to number two on the American Billboard pop chart.
*The week after Michael Jackson died he had thirteen top 40 Hits in the charts (the chart w/e 11th July 2009), he held positions 2, 10, 12, 13, 19, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 35, 38, 40 with "Man In The Mirror", "Billie Jean", "Thriller", "Smooth Criminal", "Beat It", "Black Or White", "Dirty Diana", "They Don't Care About Us", "Earth Song", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "You Are Not Alone", "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough", and "Bad".
*According to Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Carol Kaye is the most recorded bassist of all time, with 10,000 sessions spanning four decades.
*In the mid-1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became the first African-American to perform at the legendary Mocambo, on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, after Marilyn Monroe had lobbied the owner for the booking. The incident was turned into a play by Bonnie Greer in 2005.
*In 1962, Polydor released the Beatle album My Bonnie Across Germany. The word Beatles was judged to sound too similar to the German 'pidels' (pronounced peedles), the plural of a slang term for penis, hence the album was credited to Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers. After The Beatles had gained fame, the album was re-released in Britain, with the credit altered to Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.
* In 1986, Alanis Morissette was a cast regular on the CTV/Nickelodeon show, "You Can't Do That on Television".

*John "Speedy" Keen, was the vocalist, songwriter, drummer for Thunderclap Newman, a band
which The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend created in 1969, to play and record songs written by 'Speedy' who had been The Who's roadie and chauffeur for Peter. Originally Peter Townsend played bass for the band under the pseudonym Bijou Drains
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*In 1955, while still at Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School, Neil Sedaka formed the group The Tokens (originally called the Linc-Tones). Neil recorded their debut single, "While I Dream" before he left the band in 1957, who went on to have the major hit in 1961 with "The Lion Sleeps To-night"
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*In March of 1980, Elvis Presley's autopsy is subpoenaed during the trial of Dr. George Nichopoulous, who would later be found guilty of overprescribing drugs to Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other clients.
*Paul H. Tutmarc invented an electric upright "bull-fiddle" in 1935 but it mainly served as a publicity tool. His real claim-to-fame was the marketing of the fretted and solid-body (Model #736) "Electronic Bass Fiddle" which was designed to be used in a horizontal position. That then-radical instrument is considered to be history's earliest electric bass guitar -- and one that preceded the far more famous Fender "Precision" Bass by a decade and a half.
*TLC's second album, "CrazySexyCool" (1994), was the first album by a female group to be awarded diamond certification by the RIAA for selling over 11 million copies in the USA and shipping over 15 million copies worldwide
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*English rock band,
Black Sabbath, formed in Birmingham in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward, was originally formed as a heavy blues-rock band named "Earth", the band began incorporating occult and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, and changed their name to "Black Sabbath". The band has since experienced multiple lineup changes, with a total of twenty-two former members
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*The first UK male artist to top the US singles chart was Laurie London with the track " He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands)", April 19th 1958 and the first record to entry the UK singles chart straight in at the No.1 spot was Elvis Presley with ''Jailhouse Rock'' w/e January 25th 1958
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*George Harrison originally wrote "All Those Years Ago" for Ringo. Although he recorded it, Ringo thought it too high for his voice. When John Lennon got murdered, George altered the words and made it a tribute to John. Although the band had split up, all 3 remaining Beatles plus Linda McCartney are are featured on the track.

*In 2000, the Rhino Handmade label released the posthumous Tiny Tim Live at the Royal Albert Hall. This recording had been made in 1968 at the height of Tiny Tim's fame, but Reprise Records never released it. It sat on the shelf until its limited Internet release some 32 years later.
Also at the fest "Isle Of Wight 1970", Tiny Tim brought a massive crowd of 600,000 revellers to their feet with overwhelming cheers when he sang "There'll Always Be an England" through a megaphone.
*Paul Weller played guitar on Champagne Supernova by Oasis.
*Elisha Gray transmitted music over a telephone line in 1876, the same year the telephone was patented Alexander Graham Bell.
Elisha Gray invented the first electronic music instrument in 1874, calling it the "Musical Telegraph."

*Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart debuted in 1958, with Ricky Nelson’s first recording “Poor Little Fool.” in at #1. . "Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes was Motown's first #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1961, and The Supremes have scored twelve US #1 hits, more than any other female vocal group in history
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*Releasing 'Monkey Grip' in May 1974, Bill Wyman became the first member of The Rolling Stones to release a solo album. He is also the only Rolling Stones' member to have had a hit single as a solo performer with "(Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star" released in July 1981, peaking at No.14 in the UK.
*At the Wembley Memorial Concert, the long goodbye to Freddie Mercury in 1992, 316 miles of cable were used to enable the event to be relayed to 80 countries. The stars plus V.I.Ps, in a replica of the Hard Rock Cafe backstage, consumed 2000 hamburgers, 1000 veggieburgers, a quarter of a ton of fries, 3000 bottles of wine and 4000 gallons of coke and beer.
*Pre the Stones days, in 1960, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Dick Taylor (later of Pretty Things), formed the band Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
*Peter Gabriel started the annual WOMAD (World Of Music And Dance) festival, held for the first time July 16-18 in 1982 at Shepton Mallet in England, it featured musicians from Africa and the Far East who had influenced Gabriel. WOMAD currently holds festivals in over 20 countries.
*At one point in the 60s the Beatles were paying in excess of 100% tax; effectively they were paying to work!
*The famous long guitar intro to Led Zep's "Stairway To Heaven" is taken from the track "Taurus", which was composed and played by guitarist, the late Randy California when he was only 16 in 1967. The instrumental was dedicated to his Taurian girlfriend and recorded a year later by his band "Spirit". Led Zepplin heard it while on tour with Spirit in USA. (Randy Wolfe, was named "California" by his great friend of Jimi Hendrix, who tried to bring him to the UK, but Randy was too young at the time)
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*Elvis Costello
worked as a computer operator for a cosmetics company while trying to make it as a musician and in 1977 he was arrested for performing outside a Hilton Hotel where there was a conference of Columbia Records executives. Shortly after he was signed to that label.

*Composer, Tchaikovsky was financed by a wealthy widow for 13 years, and at her request, they never met
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*Eric Clapton removed the JJ Cale song, Cocaine from his set list because he felt it gave people the wrong message about cocaine. He started playing it again after he had re-arranged the song so the backup singers repeated the line, "that dirty cocaine." through the chorus.
*Paul Weller played guitar on "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis.
*As a boy, David Bowie was taught art by Peter Frampton's father, Owen Frampton, at Bromley Technical School where he was an art teacher and head of the Art department. Both Bowie and Frampton were pupils at this school.
*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
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*Monaco's national orchestra is bigger than it's army
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*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
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*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)
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*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
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*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
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*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
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*The singing voice of Lauren Bacall, in her screen debut, 'To Have And Have
Not
' in 1944 was dubbed by Andy Williams, when he was a teenager. This is a deeply entrenched myth
FACT: Andy Williams was considered and even recorded, but the voice you hear in the final cut is Bacall. This was stated definitively in the bio of the director, Howard Hawks, that came out a few years back. (Hawks on Hawks by Joseph McBride) The author points out that the Andy Williams rumor even turned up as a Jeopardy answer, but the singing is all Lauren Bacall.
*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 band '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 (to date 2006).

*The piano player on Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is Larry Knechtel of the group "Bread"
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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.
*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 were 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
.
*T
he dinosaur, Cryolophosaurus, was at one point informally known as the Elvisaurus, due to the resemblance to Elvis Presley's pompadour haircut in the 1950s
.

*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 which contains the famous "mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go" line, 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 "Masculin-Feminin", the protagonist reads a headline from a French newspaper saying, "Qui etes-vous Bob Dylan?" This means, "Who are you, Bob Dylan?"

*P
revious to April 1966, David Bowie had recorded under the name of David Jones and The Lower Third.
* Elvis' favourite collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in. Also he was an avid gun collector. His collection of 40 weapons included M-16s and a Thompson submachine gun.
* Mick Jagger wrote the song "Wild Horses" for Marianne Faithfull.
* Iggy Pop, Mick Fleetwood and David Soul have each guested in in "Star Trek".
*The first video to premier on MTV was " Video Killed The Radio Star" by Buggles on August 1st 1981. The most aired video in MTV's history is Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer".
* The term "Blue Note", usually associated with the famous jazz record label, in fact refers to the diminished fifth - the basic building-block chord of the blues.
*When Billy Crystal was a child, his babysitter was the legendary singer Billie Holiday

* The first Gibson double neck/twin neck guitar to be imported to the UK was a white solid mahogony Gibson 1275 Twin Neck
, ordered in 1963 by guitarist Frank White, it took a year to arrive from the states. Frank played successfully with it for 20 years. It is now owned and played by guitar virtuoso Phil Brodie of Bitter Suite.

* AC/DC were featured on the front cover of the first issue of
Kerrang Magazine, launched in 1981
.
*"Please, young people... Elvis has left the building. He has gotten in his car and driven away.... Please take your seats." It was on December 15, 1956 at the Hirsh Coliseum in Shreveport that promoter Horace Logan coined this well-known Elvis phrase, while trying to calm the uncontrollable crowd
and to keep the audience in the building for the rest of the show, at one of his famous "Hayride" shows
.
*John Lennon met Yoko Ono
for the first time the night before one of her performing-art exhibitions at the Indica Gallery, London, as she was setting up. (Nov 8th 1966) John and the rest of the band were friends with the owners of the Indica.
*Madonna has MP (standing for Madonna's Property) and Marilyn Monroe's face tattooed on her bottom.
*The LP (long-playing) record was invented by Paul Goldmark in 1948. The LP is not dead yet: more than 10 million LPs are sold every year
.
*It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1956 that Al Dvorin (Elvis's tour manager and announcer for 22 years till Elvis's death in 1977) first closed an Elvis concert with: "Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night." This was after a simular announcement a few nights before by Horace Logan. Horace Logan coined the phrase Al Dvorin popularised it.
*The set on which Rick Nelson appeared in the TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, was an exact copy of the Nelson's real Hollywood home.
*Axl Rose [Guns 'n' Roses] used to earn $8 an hour for smoking cigarettes; for a science experiment at UCLA
.
*Elvis Presley once entered an Elvis look-a-like contest in a US burger bar and only came 3rd!!
*The band Wild Cherry, who had a number one disco hit with "Play That Funky Music" in 1976, took their name from a box of cough drops.
*Hendrix claimed 'Purple Haze' was inspired by a dream where he was walking under the sea. In the dream, he said a purple haze surrounded him, engulfed him and got him lost. It was a traumatic experience, but in his dream his faith in Jesus saved him. At one point, Hendrix wrote the chorus as "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves," but decided against it.
*Nazareth, took their name from a line in The Band's song "The Weight."
*Originally back in 1958, Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to name his record label "Tammy" after Debbie Reynold's hit single, but the name was taken, so he settled for the name Tamla.
*The musicians who backed The Chiffons on their 1963 #1 hit "He's So Fine" were all members of The Tokens, who had scored their own chart topper with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in 1961.
*In 1958 Fan's of rock and roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock and roll can cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
*In 1961 Britains' BBC Radio banned the song "100 Pounds of Clay" by Gene McDaniels because it has a reference to women being created from building materials, which the network considered to be blasphemous!
*At the same time that Ringo Starr received an offer from Brian Epstein to join the Beatles, he was also asked to join another Liverpool group called Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes. Ringo chose the one offering the best wage ... 25 pounds a week!
*After Jan Berry of Jan and Dean was seriously injured in a car accident on April 12, 1966 and could no longer perform, his partner Dean Torrence formed a graphics design company that was responsible for over 200 album covers. He won a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover of the Year in 1972 for the LP "Pollution" by the group of the same name.
*1962 Stranger On The Shore's Mr. Aker Bilk, learned to play the clarinet while he was in prison. He had been sentenced to three months in jail after falling asleep while on guard duty for the British Army in Egypt.
*Frank Sinatra once called Rock and Roll "The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear."
*When she was just four years old, Gladys Knight won first prize on TV's Ted Mack's Amateur Hour.
*During a gig at a David Bowie Ziggy Stardust tour in Glasgow, Scotland, 6 fans who arrived at the venue in wheel chairs, amazingly sprang to their feet as David and group took the stage!
*Led Zeppelin played Staiway To Heaven for the first time in Belfast on March 5th 1971. John Paul Jones said the audience was not impressed. They wanted to hear something they liked - like "Whole Lotta Love."
*Alanis Morissette appeared on the talent show Star Search in 1989 (where she performed a version of the Osmonds' "One Bad Apple") but lost to a singing cowboy named Chad.
*The Animals 1964 single 'House Of The Rising Sun' was the first Number 1 to have a playing time of more than four minutes.
*On his debut album 'For You' Prince played 23 different instruments. He lists all instruments he plays on the album, though most were different types of synthesizers.
*The title of Phil Spector's song by The Teddy Bears, 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' was taken from the inscription on Spector's father's tombstone.
*Keith Richards favourite drink is called 'Nuclear Waste'. Vodka with orange, Fanta and cranberry juice.
*I Fought The Law, a hit for The Clash was written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly's Crickets.
*Elvis Presley made only one television commercial, an ad for "Southern Maid Doughnuts" that ran in 1954.
*In Sept 1974 Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones entered a Swiss Clinic to have his blood cleaned [in a form of dialysis] to get him off heroine quickly, to complete a European tour.
*The group Spandau Ballet got their name from a peice of graffiti seen by Robert Elms on a Berlin Loo wall... read more
*A concert promoter in Hawaii sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert. Unfortunately the concert was never scheduled. The man was arrested and told police he needed the money for a nose job and a sex change.
*Bryan Adams took a photograph of The Queen of England
at a 2002 Golden Jubilee function in England that was used on a Canadian stamp .
*Country singer Waylon Jennings was a guitar player in Buddy Holly's backup band. He gave up his plane seat to J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) just moments before it took off. The plane crashed, killing all on board, including Buddy Holly.
*Barry Manilow was once a page boy at CBS and was later Bette Midler's musical director. Before having his first hit record, Barry earned a living writing commercials, including the jingles for State Farm Insurance , Band Aids, Stridex, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr. Peper, Pepsi, and McDonalds.
*While playing in front of a large lake at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London in 1970, Pink Floyd played so loud, a number of fish were killed.
*In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce, which coincidentally is what "Ringo" means in Japanese.
*Telma Hopkins of Tony Orlando and Dawn, is the voice you hear on Issac Hayes' song "Shaft", that tells him, "Shut your mouth".
*James Brown's wife tried to get her traffic tickets dismissed because of "diplomatic immunity" in June of 1988. She claimed her husband is the official "ambassador of soul". She lost the case.
*The first record to recieve a gold disc was "Chattanooga Cho-Cho" by The Glen Miller Orchestra in 1942, it sold
1.2 million copies.
*When Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in the summer of 1967, one of the rejected applicants to be auditioned was a young piano player named Reginald Dwight, who would later launch a solo career, re-naming himself, Elton John.
*Throughout their career, Ringo received far more fan mail than any of the other Beatles.
*The Beach Boys hit, "Barbara Ann"
was also released on the 1965 album "Beach Boys' Party!", which featured Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean on lead vocals. Dean is not credited on the album jacket but "Thanks, Dean" is said by Carl at the end of the track.
*Despite all of the hits that they've had, The Who have never had a number one record in the UK or the US.
*The Everly Brothers huge world hit, "Bye Bye Love," was rejected by 30 labels before Cadence Records picked it up.
*Martha Reeves later of The Vandellas 1st worked at Motown Records as a secretary. Her duties included supervising a very young Stevie Wonder.
*Among those who sang the chorus of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" were Marianne Faithful, Graham Nash, Jane Asher, Patti Boyd, Keith Moon and Mick Jagger.
*David Lee Roth's 1985 #12 hit "Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody", originally charted
at the #1 spot in 1931 by jazz artist Ted Lewis.
*"The Chipmunks", Alvin, Simon and Theodore were named after executives at Liberty Records by their creator, Ross Bagdasarian, who used the stage name, David Seville.
*Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson once had a giant sandbox built around his piano, so he could feel the sand beneath his feet for song writing inspiration.
*Gene Simmons of Kiss has a tongue that is seven inches long, two inches longer than most men.
*Steppenwolf's lead singer, John Kay , made a perilous midnight escape from post-war East Germany when he was a child.
*The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
*At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the union only lasted seventeen months. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother, Mandy.
Think it also made him a stepfather to his own DAD!! -well as they say its all Rock n Roll!!
* Alice Cooper was once elected Homecoming Queen for the University Of Houston.
*Chuck Berry holds a degree in cosmetology.
*Petula Clark's hit, "This Is My Song" was written by movie actor Charlie Chaplin.
*Roy Orbison's trademark look came about when he misplaced his regular glasses and had to rely on a pair of prescription sun-glasses. His management liked the mysterious look it gave him and soon, they were the only ones he wore.
*The piano player on Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is Larry Knechtel of the group "Bread".
*At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his old English sheepdog "Martha".
*Jimi Hendrix was thrown out of high school for holding the hand of a white girl in class.
*Even though he has recorded some of the most memorable rock and roll classics, the only gold record that Chuck Berry ever received was for "My Ding-a-ling".
*The original Eagles, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon first met when they were members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band.
*'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.
*When Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" finally fell off of Billboard's Hot 200 Album list in October 1988, it had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.
*"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" the 1960 hit for Elvis Presley was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926 as a vaudeville recitation and first recorded by Al Jolson.
*The first group to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were The Coasters.
*More than 2,500 cover versions of The Beatles' "Yesterday" exist, making it the most recorded song in history.
*Barry Manilow's hit, "I Write The Songs" was actually written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys.
*Glen Frey of the Eagles played rhythm guitar on Bob Seger's "Ramblin', Gamblin' Man.
*EMI stands for Electrical & Musical Instruments.
*Puff Daddy/P Diddy throws away his trainers after wearing them for just one day.
*When John Lennon divorced Julian Lennon's mother Cynthia, Paul McCartney composed the song "Hey Jude," to cheer Julian up.
*Over 400 musicians applied for a part in The Monkees, including Stephen Stills,
Harry Nilsson and John Sebastian.
*The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.
*Sonny and Cher were initially known as Caesar and Cleo.

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