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3 DOORS DOWN's video for "Krytonite" didnt go all to good when the neon sign behind drummer Richard Liles started an electrical fire and almost burned down the bar.
AALIYAH'S name in Swahili means 'most exalted one'.
AALIYAH was only 14 when she released her first album, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, in 1994. She married singer R. Kelly and released a second record in 1996. She released her third record in 2001, and she was starting an acting career, having co-starred in "Romeo Must Die", and nabbing parts in the two "Matrix" sequels. On August 26, 2001, on a return trip from shooting a music video, the plane she was on crashed, killing her at the age of 22.
ACE FREHLEY The first lead guitarist with KISS. KISS auditioned over 60 lead players. Ace quit KISS after making the "I Love It Loud" video. His face appears on the "Creatures of the Night" album cover, but he did not play on it. Ace rejoined KISS in February of 1996.
ALICE COOPER was the master of shock-rock. Nowadays he spends his time working on his golf game and raising money for his favourite charities. Has recorded with Eric Singer from KISS.
AMERICAN HI-FI'S Stacy Jones was the drummer for Veruca Salt.
AXL ROSE also once known by the name of Bill Bailey. Bailey being his stepfathers name. He took the name of Rose when he found out when he found out it was his real father's name. He is the charasmatic and unpredictable lead singer with heavy metal band Guns'N Roses. Married to Erin Everly, the inspiration for "Sweet Child O' Mine", but they divorced after less than a year. He has also dated model Stephanie Seymour, his bride in "November Rain".
BABYFACE was responsible for the success of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton and TLC due to his ability to pen memorable melodies that suit the artist's styles.
BARBARA STREISAND, One of the biggest stars of our time. Multi talented Ms Streisand is well known for her aversion to performing in public. Probably better known for her singing. Refused to have the nose job studio bosses thought would further her career, it seems that her decision may have paid off. Starred with Kris Kristofferson in "A Star is Born". Previously married to Elliot Gould, now married to actor James Brolin.
BBMAK first met in northwest England, When Mark was in college working his way to become a firefighter.
BBMAK's Mark Berry has been playing bag pipes since the age of 10 and was a 4-time English Champion.
BIG BOPPER was most frequently remembered for his untimely death with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly in a plane crash. It was his creative energy that drove the early days of rock and roll.
BIG PUNISHER weighed in at 450 - 700 pounds, and died of a heart attack at the age of 28.
BLINK 182'S Tom Delonge's first instrument was the trumpet.
BLINK 182'S first drummer was Scott Raynor
BLACK CROWES' Chris Robinson and his wife both have a facination with skulls.
BOB DYLAN -No other single music artist has had a more profound impact on popular music, and yet over the last 20 years he has only made two quality albums. His album "Time Out of Mind" won a fistful of Grammys. He also appears on a soundtrack to the TV show "The Sopranos".
BON SCOTT briefly became a member of The Spektors, and recorded an album with pop group The Valentines and another with rock band Fraternity. He became AC/DC's second lead vocalist (after Dave Evans) in September of 1974. He went on to record and co-write six albums with AC/DC, including the huge international hit "Highway to Hell" in 1979 with producer Mutt Lange. Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980 in London from choking on his own vomit, left unconscious in a friend's car after drinking heavily.
BOOBONIC AND MR MAN from the rap duo, PHILLY'S MOST WANTED, have been best friends since they were 8 years old.
BRIAN From BSB has 2 chihuahuas named Tyke and Litty
BRITNEY SPEARS is and excellent dart player.
BRITNEY SPEARS' song "Dont let me be the last to know" was written by Shania Twain.
BSB's Howie Dorough and NSYNC'S Chris Kirkpatrick sang in the Valencia Community College Chior Together
BUSH's singer Gavin Rossdale wrote and recorded demos of most of the songs for Bush's album, The Science Of Things, at a mysterious seaside house in Ireland.
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE was the founding bass player, and later the guitar player, for groundbreaking UK punk band the Damned, the first punks to record, to chart, and to tour the US. He played with the band, often wearing a tutu, a nurse's uniform, or nothing, from 1976 until 1984, when he started his solo career.
CARLOS SANTANA composed the score to the 1986 Feature film "La Bamba".
THE CALLING's Aaron, owns an italian racing motorcycle.
THE CALLING's Alex's first TV crush was Punky Brewster.
CARSON DALY recieved a golf scholarship to LA's Loyola Marymount University.
CAT STEVENS, Originally began recording under the name of Steve Adams, became one of the world's greatest stars in the 70s. Abandoned his musical career, and turned his life to the Muslim religion, and is now called Yusuf Islam.
When CELINE DION's manager/husband Renee Angelil first heard her voice, he mortgaged his house to finance the recording of her first album.
CHER - Singer and actress of great worldwide acclaim who has stood the test of time. Times may change, but Cher remains. Was married to Sonny Bono, the other half of "The Sonny and Cher Show". Once had a very well publicised romance with Gene Simmons of KISS, and once married to Greg Allman.
CHRIS From NSYNC has 2 pugs named Busta and Korea.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA is the oldest sister of 5 siblings
CHRONIC FUTURE, the Arizonan band, recorded their last album when some of the members were only 13.
CHUCK BERRYS music influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and many others.
COBY DICK from PAPA ROACH played Clarinet in band.
COURTNEY LOVE, tired of being a 'slave' to the record company, announced that, in the future, her band, Hole, will release albums only via the internet.
COURTNEY LOVE sued boyfriend Jim barber's Ex-wife for driving over her foot. Love said the spurned woman is 'on a mission to destroy me' for busting up the marriage.
CRAZY TOWN'S Epics dad, Irwin, is a music publishing exec who once managed Billy Joel.
CREED'S frontman Scott Stapp was raised by devoutly religious parents. He was forbidden to listen to rock music.
CREED was the first band in history to have four number-one rock singles from a debut album.
DAVID BOWIE - Artsy rock star who was Ziggy Stardust. Hit with "Space Oddity" in 1969. Frequent style changes in music and fashion. Married to fashion model Iman. Changed his name as not to be confused with Davy Jones of "The Monkees" fame.
DEFAULT used to be called "The Fallout" which in turn, became the title of their album.
DEF LEPPARD's bass player was designing and selling fuzzy animal feat slippers on the side.
DESTINYS CHILD lost on Star Search.
DESTINYS CHILD went through 3 members in 5 months.
DICK DALE was a pioneer of surf music and along with Buddy Holle was one of the first prominent users of the Strat (Fender Stratocaster) in the world.
DIDO doesnt eat before she performs because eating makes her lazy.
DIDO's favorite movie is "Star Wars"
DMX spent 15 days in jail in upstate NY for driving without a license.
DREAM got together by answering an add for a girl group
DREW LACHEY was and emergency med technician.
DUKE ELLINGTON was best known for his orchestras most famous number, Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train". One of the finest figures of American jazz.
DURAN DURAN got their name from the movie "Barbarella".
ELVIS COSTELLO was best known for album "My Aim is True", which now has a new wave punk classic, including the hit singles "Alison" and "Watching the Detectives".
EMINEM's mother, Debbie, strikes back on Em's hateful lyrics by recording 3 rap songs for an album called 'Set the Record Straight'.
EMINEM's groupies threaten to torch Warren, Michigan (his hometown), unless all charges against their hero are dropped.
ENRIQUE IGLESIUS donates all stuffed animals he gets to hospitals.
ENRIQUE IGLESIUS used psudonym Enrique Martinez while pursuing a record deal.
ERIC CARR played drums and some vocals with KISS, replacing Peter Criss on drums in May of 1980. KISS liked Eric so much that on joining the band they bought him a Porsche. He was left-handed at everything he did except playing the drums.
FALCO got his stage name after an East German skier, Falko Weisspflog. Falco was Austria's most popular musical export, on the merits of two bizzare singles, 1983's "Der Kommissar," rapped in German, and 1986's "Rock Me Amadeus," who's video showed him strutting around as a punk Mozart. "Der Kommissar" found huge success on US radio after being re-recorded by "After The Fire" in 1983. Falco died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on February 6, 1998.
FLOOD is one of the best and most popular record producers and mixers of the last two decades. Has produced, engineered, and/or mixed records for (alphabetically): Barry Adamson, The Associates, Boo Radleys, Book of Love, Cabaret Voltaire, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Charlatans UK, Crime and the City Solution, The Cure, Curve, Depeche Mode, Elastica, Erasure, Gavin Friday, PJ Harvey, James, Jesus and Mary Chain, Tom Jones, Massive Attack, Ministry, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, Pop Will Eat Itself, Psychic TV, Smashing Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Sneaker Pimps, Soft Cell, Wolfgang Press, U2, and others. He reportedly acquired the name Flood as a result of his habit of spilling tea in the studio.
FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl was fined and had his Australian driving priveleges revoked for drinking and driving...on a scooter.
FOO FIGHTERS have covered Micheal Jackson's "Beat It", Madonna's "Borderline", and Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life" in thier concerts.
FRANK SINATRA Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes, and mega-star. Thought to be stillbon at birth until his grandmother doused him with cold water. Left his wife and three children to marry Ava Gardner, he romanced Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and later married to Mia Farrow, 30 years his junior. His mob connections and member of the exclusive "rat pack" that included Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and many other "hangers on" ensured that Sinatra was never far from the media's attention.
GARTH BROOKS' album "No Fences" sold more than 13 million copies, his third album "Ropin' The Wind" became the first album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Country and Pop charts.
GARY GLITTER - The late 90s saw the end of his career, following his conviction for sexual offences, but there is no doubt that his contribution to rock for 25 years ranked Glitter among Britain's best-loved performers. He used a number of pseudonyms, including "Paul Raven"
GENE SIMMONS, Vampiresque bassist of the band KISS, who he formed in 1972 with Paul Stanley. Gene has a Bachelors Degree in Education and speaks four languages fluently. His childhood plan was to become a Rabbi. His hordes of groupies rival those of anyone on the planet, he has reportedly slept with a number approaching four thousand women. He had a widely publicised relationship with Cher and Diana Ross.
GG ALLIN was a self-described rock n' roll terrorist, he was as much an extreme performance artist as he was a punk rocker. He was famous for his violent shows that often found him in a jockstrap, bloody and injured, and flinging his urine, feces, or vomit. Walking after his last show in New York, he attacked passers-by while naked, before dying of a cocaine and heroin overdose on June 27, 1995.
GOO GOO DOLLS' singer John Rzeznik was gonna be a plumber.
GREEN DAY'S Billie Joe Armstrong wore Jersey #8 one his high school football team.
GUNS 'N ROSES' guitarist Slash was kicked off the British childrens TV show CD:UK after blurting out a string of curse words...live.
HIDDEN BEACH RECORD COMPANY is owned by Michael Jordan.
HOOBASTANK's Doug Robb says he never wanted to be a rap-rocker. "I love Hip/Hop, but I cant rap"
HOOBASTANK's Dougs favorite singers are Mike Patton from Faith No More and David Lee Roth (Van Halens Original Singer)
INSANE CLOWN POSSE'S album 'The Great Milenko' holds Billboards record for longest running hip-hop/rap album in Billboards history.
JANET JACKSON gets coffee enemas
JANET JACKSON'S album "All For You" went gold its first week of release.
JAY-Z's dad left him when he was 12 and he lived with his mom, brother, and 2 sisters growing up.
JENNIFER LOPEZ has a surprise! United Talent Agency announces that J.Lo will happily come to your party-for a low, low price of $750,000 per hour.
JENNIFER LOPEZ demands sweet smelling air at all times. One of the handlers generously sprays the rooms and hallways with Rue De The Purfume. She insists her path be sprayed with it.
JESSICA SIMPSON's sister ashlee is one of her dancers
JOE STRUMMER was the guitarist and principal songwriter for the Clash, arguably the most significant British punk rockers, from 1976 to 1986. In 1986 he wrote songs with Clash singer Mick Jones on Jones' new band, Big Audio Dynamite. Later, Strummer worked on soundtracks, did some acting, and released a solo record in 1989. He briefly joined the Pogues as a touring guitarist, In 1999, he released a record with his band, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.
JOEL AND BENJI from GOOD CHARLOTTE are twins.
JOHN RZEZNIK from the Goo Goo Doll's was in kindergarten and accidently swallowed a piece of plastic from a pez dispenser and had to be rushed to the ER.
JOHNNY MARR, Guitarist and co-founder for the Smiths, the most important and critically acclaimed British band of the 1980s. When the band broke up in 1987, Marr played on records from Talking Heads, Billy Bragg, and Brian Ferry. He toured with the Pretenders, and played on two albums by the The. He then co-founded the band Electronic with Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order).
JON BON JOVI turned down the lead role in the film version of "Footloose" in order to concentrate on the band and his music.
JULIO IGLESIAS had aspirations of being a professional football (soccer) goalkeeper until a near-fatal car accident. He spent his recovery learning guitar and writing songs. He was studying law when he won first prize at the 1968 Festival de la Canción when he sang his original "La Vida Sigue Igual" ("Life Continues All The Same"). He was soon signed by Discos Columbia, and represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1978 he signed to CBS International, adding to his global distribution. He has recorded many of his songs in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portugese, and English, adding to his worldwide record sales, which now amount to over 220 million. He is also the father of singer Enrique Iglesias.
K-CI & JO JO grew up in North Carolina
K-CI of K-CI AND JO JO was sued by a family who happily went to see the bands Los Angeles concert-only to witness the singer unzipping his pants and fully exposing himself onstage.
KID ROCK has a son named Robert Ritchie Jr. and Kid Rock calls him Junior or June Bug.
LANCE BASS of *NSYNC was in a children's tv show and played a dog named 'Poo Fu'.
LENNY KRAVITZ was handcuffed by Miami police as he walked home from the gym because they thought he fit the discription of an on-the-loose band robber.
LENNY KRAVITZ is half Jewish.
LIFEHOUSE'S video for 'Hanging by the Moment' was shot in a bowling alley.
At age 16, LINDA LUNCH became one of first in New York's "no wave" scene with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. After a brief period heading another band, Beirut Slump, in 1980 Lunch moved away from "no wave", recording the solo "Queen of Siam". At the same time, she started the blues/R&B band 8 Eyed Spy. That band ended soon after bassist Jack Ruby died of a heroin O.D. She then started the Devil Dogs, which had a revolving lineup, so she quit and started 13:13. She collaborated on recordings with the Birthday Party, Exene Cervenka (X), Jim Thirwell (Foetus), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), and Thurston Moore (also Sonic Youth). She started her own label, Widowspeak Productions, and is now focused more on spoken word recordings. Lunch has also starred in movies like "The Right Side of My Brain" and "Fingered"
MADONNA used to work the counter at Dunkin Donuts.
MANDY MOORE sang the anthem at 8 sporting events in 1 week before becoming a star.
MANDY MOORE's first movie was The Princess Diaries.
MARC BOLAN was a British pop musician, lead singer of Tyrannosaurus Rex (later T-Rex). Killed when Mini-Minor ran off the road.
MARK ST JOHN, Lead guitar with KISS, replacing Vinnie Vincent after he was fired. Mark developed a form of arthritis makding it impossible to play guitar, Mark was replaced by Bruce Kulick.
MARILYN MANSON went to Junior High School in Canton Ohio.
MARILYN MANSON'S original drummer was Sarah Lee Lucas who was accidently set on fire at the end of one show. Also, Marilyn Manson's first guitarist was Gidget Gein.
MARIAH CAREY's sister Alison revealed that she became a prostitute in order to bankroll Mariah's fledgling singing career back in the day.
MARILYN MANSON broke his drummer, Ginger Fish's, collorbone as they destroy the drum set at the end of a concert. Poor Ginger-Marilyn once smashed him over the head with his microphone stand too.
MARVIN GAYE was one of the most gifted, influential, and popular R&B/Soul singers of all time. Gaye started recording in 1957, and made an indelible imprint on popular music soon after. In his later years he was plagued by demons, including drugs and depression. On April 1, 1984, in Los Angeles, California, he was killed by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., by a shot to the head at point-blank range.
MASE made a comeback-as a preacher! He retired from rapping to found Saving A National Endagered Ministeries (SAVE) in Atlanta.
before MATCHBOX TWENTY go onstage, they get in a huddle and sing the 1978 heat wave hit "Always and Forever".
METALLICA'S James Hetfields senior quote was "Play Music Get Rich".
MICHAEL JACKSON's favorite candy is skittles.
MICHELLE BRANCH first played guitar at age 14.
MICHELLE BRANCH'S first concert was The New Kids On The Block.
One of MICHELLE BRANCH'S favorite movies is "Joe Dirt"
MICK MARS, Motley Crue guitarist. It was Mick who came up with the band's name. He changed his name because he thought his initials B.A.D were a bad omen. He liked the name Mick and chose Mars because he was a god of war.
MYSTICAL's favorite website is www.like.com
NELLY was in a group called St. Lunatics.
NICK LACHEY & JUSTIN JEFFRE of 98 degrees was once in a barbershop quartet.
NIKKI SIXX, Bass guitarist with Motley Crue. Officially died of heroin overdose (but was revived). All the band members lived a life of excess, the Baywatch cast have turned up in the band's marriages and relationships, Nikki Sixx married Donna D'Erico (now split), Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson and Vince Neil had a fling with Pamela Anderson.
NSYNC'S "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies in its first week.
*NSYNC considers themselves southpark characters. JOEY is 'Kenny', JUSTIN is 'Mr. Mackie', J.C. is 'Stan', LANCE is 'Mr. Hankie' & Chris is 'Eric Cartman'.
PAPA ROACH'S first show was a talent show in 1993.
PINK loves madonna. When she was younger, she jokes, she believed that Madonna was her mom.
PINK was in an all-girl group before she went solo and struck gold.
PRINCE, best known as eccentric pop star. Top sellers "1999" and "When Doves Cry". On many songs Prince played all the instruments himself. In the 1990s he changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, then to an unpronouncable symbol, in 2000 he changed his name back to Prince.
P. DIDDY's Sean John clothing linke made $100 million in 2000.
P. DIDDY, LIL'KIM, & LIL'CEASE was sued for $200 million fro invasion of privacy after a sexy phone conversation with a Brooklyn teenager showed up on Lil'Cease's hit "Play Around"- without permission.
RAT SCABIES, Founding drummer for groundbreaking UK punks the Damned, the first punk band to record, to chart, and to tour the USA. Rat Scabies played with the London SS, then played with the Damned from 1976-1977. He then rejoined with his old bandmates (without guitarist Brian James) as the Doomed in 1979 until James relinquished the old band's name. He earned his name as a result of suffering from a skin complaint.
RAY CHARLES had hits such as "Hit the Road Jack" 1961 and "Georgia on my Mind" 1960, for which he won a Grammy. He lost his sight at age 7 due to glaucoma that went untreated. He appeared in the movie "The Blues Brothers" in 1980, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
RAY STEVENS, Novelty/country/pop/writer/singer of "Misty", "Gitarzman" (a spoof on the Tarzan movies) and "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow". Was the first artist to record Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down". "Everything is Beautiful" was his first #1 hit and won him a Grammy as Male Vocalist of the Year.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' bassist Flea, produced an early album for No Doubt
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' lead singer Anthony Kiedis carries a lucky charm with him everywhere he goes. Its a stone that was given to him by a random fan on a golf course in Germany.
RINGO STARR, Drummer with "The Beatles". First drummed in the band "Rory Storm and the Hurricanes". It was Rory who suggested that he change his name to a flashier stage moniker. Because of his penchant for wearing rings on his fingers, his name evolved into "Rings" which quickly morphed into "Ringo", Starkey became shortened to Starr. He played with "The Beatles" for the first time ever on 18 August 1962... and the rest as they say, is history!
ROBBIE WILLIAMS' video is banned in Europe and the Dominican Republic because it features him stripping to his bare bones-litterally-and throwing flesh at girls.
SAMANTHA MUMBA played a futuristic character named Mara in the sci-fi flick "The Time Machine".
SCORPIANS' singer Klaus formed the band in his native Germany in 1971 and to prove that Germans can rock.
SCREAMIN'' JAY HAWKINS - Cleveland, Ohio Screamin' Jay Hawkins began a long recording career which spanned several record companies in 1952. Although he had very little in the way of charting hits, his song "I Put A Spell On You" sold over a million, largely because of controversy over the song's "suggestive and cannabalistic" tone which earned it a ban from radio. Although he had great talent, and many say an near-operatic voice, he instead worked a stage with shrunken heads, skulls, and snakes, and often started his concerts in a coffin, which limited his credibility. He continued to record and tour into the late 1990s, until his death from an aneurysm following intestine surgery on February 12 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
SEAL initially lent his vocals to UK house/techno musician Adamski in 1990, on the dance hit "Killer". After this, Seal was signed to ZTT, Trevor Horn's record label. In '91, Seal put out his first album, titled Seal, which featured the huge song "Crazy". In 1994, he put out his second album, also titled Seal, which garnered him 3 Grammy awards and featured his biggest hit to date, "Kiss From a Rose", which spent 12 weeks at #1. His third album, Human Being, came out in 1998.
SHAKIRA went to her 1st dance at age 14.
SHAKIRA refuses to paint her nails.
SILVERCHAIR's Daniel Johns doesn't eat or wear anything of animal origin.
SLASH from GUNS 'N ROSES and LENNY KRAVITZ both went to Beverly Hills High School.
SLIM DUSTY has 32 Golden Guitars and more gold and platinum albums than any other Australian artist. Awarded an MBE and Order of Australia for his services to entertainment.
SLIPKNOT members: #0=Sid (DJ), #1=Joey (drums), #2=Paul (bass), #3=Chris (percussion), #4=Jim (guitar), #5=Craig (Sampling), #6=Shawn (percussion), #7=Mick (guitar), #8=Corey (vocals)
SMASHING PUMPKINS, Billy Corgan, showed up at an Extreme Championship wrestling match in Peoria, Illinois. While there, he belted out the national anthem and then gleefully smashed his guitar over Lou E. Dangerously's head.
SNOOP DOGG was 18 when he was sentenced to 4 years in jail by selling drugs to an undercover cop.
SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell married their manager, Susan Silver.
SOULDECISION met while competing for the same girl
THE SOURCE magazine's music awards was shut down when a riot broke down backsatage after a fight between rival rappers E-40 and Andre Dow.
STING sired 6 kids since 1976. His most recent was born in 1995.
STING is partially deaf.
STING played bass and sang lead for "The Police" in the 1970s. After the band split Sting became a superstar in his own right. He has also acted in the movies "Dune" and "Storm Monday". He has written sound tracks for many movies, most famously "Leaving Las Vagas" (1996). Had a guest role on the hit TV show "Ally McBeal" in 2001.
SUGAR RAY's Mark McGrath's commercial for Candies shoes was banned on MTV because the obviously butt naked singer frolics in the shower with Nash Bridges actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.
SUM 41'S first video was "Makes No Difference"
SUM 41'S first album came out July 2000.
SUM 41'S Steve-O's favorite song from "All Killer No Filler is "Motivation"
TINA ARENA was featured on the Australian TV show "Young Talent Time" in the late 1970s until she grew too old for the group and was replaced. She sang in clubs and acted in musicals until she recieved a recording contract at the age of 21. Her "Don't Ask", featuring the worldwide hit "Chains", was the biggest-selling album in Australia in 1995, and also the biggest-selling album by any Australian woman ever. She followed with the 1999 album "In Deep", which went triple platinum in Australia.
TORI AMOS has been compared early in her career with everyone from Kate Bush to Joni Mitchell. She began playing the piano at age two-and-a-half, and at age five was enrolled as a prodigy in Baltimore's Peabody Institute. Best known for her album "Under the Pink", the single "Cornflake Girl" and the follow-up "Pretty Good Year", and also "Professional Widow".
WHITNEY HOUSTON was caught with 15.2 grams of Marijuana at a Hawaiian airport
Classic Rock Facts
In 1978, ABBA was Sweden's most profitable export. Car maker Volvo was number two.
George Young, who co-founded AC/DC along with his brothers Angus and Malcolm, was the lead guitarist for a band called The Easybeats, who scored a Top Twenty hit in 1967 with "Friday On My Mind".
"ALICE COOPER" was originally the name of the entire band, before lead singer Vince Furnier assumed the name for himself.
In 1972, Berry Oakley, bass player for the The ALLMAN BROTHERS band, was killed in a motorcycle accident, just three blocks away from the site of Duane's Allman's fatal crash.
ANNE MURRAY's hit, "Danny's Song" was written by Kenny Loggins for his brother Danny Loggins. Dave Loggins, whos "Please Come To Boston" was a 1974 hit, is their cousin.
ANNE MURRAY was the first solo Canadian female to be awarded a Gold Record in the United States. (for Snowbird).
By the time his song "Tighten Up" entered the Hot 100 in 1968, ARCHIE BELL was in the U.S. Army, recovering from a leg wound.
BARRY MANILOW's hit, "I Write The Songs" was actually written by Bruce Johnson of The BEACH BOYS.
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.
BARRY MANILOW's first hit, "Mandy", was written as "Brandy", but was changed when a band named "Looking Glass" had a chart hit with that name.
Scotland's BAY CITY ROLLERS chose their name by sticking a pin in a map of the United States. The pin landed near Bay City, Michigan.
The lead vocal of the BEACH BOYS hit, "Barbara Ann" was actually sung by Dean Torrence of JAN AND DEAN.
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.
B.J. Thomas' "Rock and Roll Lullaby" featured members of The BEACH BOYS, and The Chiffons on background vocals and Duane Eddy on guitar.
Former BEATLES drummer Pete Best appeared on TV's "I've Got A Secret" in 1964.
The BEE GEES' Robin Gibb survived one of England's worst train wrecks. More than fifty people were killed and over a hundred injured, while Robin escaped unharmed.
On July 18, 1966, just five months after "I Fought The Law" had entered the charts, BOBBY FULLER was found dead on the front seat of his mother's Oldsmobile, parked outside of a Los Angeles apartment building.
BOBBY GENTRY, who scored a huge hit in 1967 with "Ode To Billy Joe", married Jim Stafford, who recorded "Spiders and Snakes".
BOBBY RYDELL landed a three year stint on a Philadelphia television show at the age of nine.
Rita Coolidge's sister Priscilla married BOOKER T. Jones of BOOKER T. and the MGs
BOZ SCAGGS real name is William Royce Scaggs. The handle is shortened from a highschool nickname, "Bosley"
BILL HALEY and the Comets first hit record, "Rock Around The Clock" had initial sales of just 75,000, until it was used as the title track of "The Blackboard Jungle", 12 months later. It would eventually sell over 25 million copies.
England's "The Hollies" took their name in honor of BUDDY HOLLY.
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 Holly.
Dick Clark's wife suggested that Ernest Evans change his name to "CHUBBY CHECKER" as a parody of "Fats Domino".
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".
CHUCK BERRY has spent time in prison on two different occasions. First, he served a two year sentence between 1962 and 1964 for violation of the Mann Act, then a four month term in 1979 for income tax evasion.
On June 7, 1979, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service charged CHUCK BERRY with 3 counts of tax evasion. Just hours later, he performed at a concert for President Jimmy Carter on the front lawn of the White House.
British singer CILLA BLACK, best remembered for her number one U.K hit "Anyone Who Had a Heart", had her stage name changed by accident. A reporter for the local paper remembered the wrong color as her surname. Her real name is Cilla White.
Before he became a rock star, DAVE CLARK of The DAVE CLARK FIVE worked as a stuntman in over 40 films.
DODIE STEVENS had a hit record called "Pink Shoelaces" in 1959. She would later go on to sing with Sergio Mendez and Brazil '66 and later still with Mac Davis.
Len Barry, who scored a 1963 hit with 1-2-3 was the lead singer of THE DOVELLS, who had a 1961 hit with "Bristol Stomp".
The original EAGLES, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon first met when they were members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band.
Glen Frey of the EAGLES played rhythm guitar on Bob Seger's "Ramblin', Gamblin' Man".
The cover of the EAGLES' "Hotel California" was taken at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
As Reginald Dwight, ELTON JOHN was once a member of Long John Baldry's supporting band, Bluesology.
ELVIS PRESLEY had a twin brother named Jesse Garon Presley, who was stillborn.
ELVIS PRESLEY's father, Vernon, served eight months in prison for altering a check.
Tom Jones, ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK and Gilbert O'Sullivan all had the same manager, Gordon Mills.
Arnold George Dorsey uses the stage name "ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK", the name of the Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel and Gretel".
Dan Seals of "ENGLAND DAN AND JOHN FORD COLEY", earned the nickname, "England Dan" from his family, because as a youngster, Dan had fixated on the BEATLES and briefly affected an English accent. Dan is the brother of Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts.
ELTON JOHN played piano on the Hollies hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".
ELVIS PRESLEY offered the press a chance to interview him in June of 1972 for a fee of $120,000. There were no takers.
Bobby Vinton had more #1 hits than any other male vocalist of his time, including ELVIS PRESLEY and Frank Sinatra.
ERIC CLAPTON was born to an unwed mother and to shield him from the shame, Eric grew up believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister.
THE EVERLY BROTHERS "Bye Bye Love," was rejected by 30 labels before Cadence Records picked it up. The song went to #2 on the pop chart and #1 on the Country & Western chart.
MIKE STOLLER, the co-writer of ELVIS PRESLEY's "Hound Dog", survived the sinking of the ship "Andrea Doria" in the Atlantic Ocean on July 25th 1956. Fifty one others died
The BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD was a band that lasted 19 months.
"Surf City", a 1963 number one hit by JAN AND DEAN was recorded in a converted garage underneath their apartment in Bel Air, California.
TOM JONES lost a paternity suit in July of 1989 and was ordered to pay $200 a week in child support to 27 year old, Katherine Berkery, of New York. The judge in the case was "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, who was still serving in her 15 year tenure as a New York Family Court judge before appearing in her court TV show, "Judge Judy".
PAUL REVERE of THE RAIDERS, was married on the fourth of July, 1976, on America's Bicentennial at King's Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati.
Three members of the YOUNG RASCALS, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish and Eddie Brigati were once members of Joey Dee and The Starlighters, who scored a number one hit in 1961 with "The Pepperming Twist".
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
In 1975, THE ROLLING STONES became the first rock group ever to receive royalties from record sales in Russia.
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.
During a 1969 performance at the White House for a ball given by President Richard Nixon's daughter, Tricia. Mark Volman of THE TURTLES was reported to have fallen off the stage five times.
Former Animals bassist, Chas Chandler discovered and managed JIMI HENDRIX.
HARRY CHAPIN's hit song "I Wanna Learn A Love Song" is actually the true story of how he met his wife, Sandy.
JOHNNIE TAYLOR's "Disco Lady" became the first single to ever sell over 2 million copies in April, 1976.
Singer Axl Rose of GUNS N' ROSES married Erin Everly, Don Everly's daughter. The marriage lasted 27 days.
Telma Hopkins of TONY ORLANDO and Dawn is the voice you hear on Issac Hayes' song "Shaft", that tells him, "Shut your mouth".
TONY ORLANDO recorded his first two hits in separate studios from backup singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson. By the time they met, "Candida" and "Knock Three Times" had sold a total of nine million records.
Jan Berry of JAN AND DEAN has an I.Q. of 185, which puts him in the genius catagory.
JOHN DENVER was killed when his light plane crashed because it simply ran out of fuel.
Ray Sawyer, lead singer of DR. HOOK, wears an eye patch because he lost an eye in an auto accident.
GARY LEWIS of GARY LEWIS and the Playboys was supposed to be named "Carey" at birth, after actor Cary Grant, but the hospital made a mistake and recorded his name as "Gary".
MARVIN GAYE Sr. was convicted of killing his son Marvin, but was sentenced to only six years probation after a judge ruled the case "self defence".
Bobby Goldsboro once played in ROY ORBISON's backup band.
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD , took their name from a Michigan landmark, "The Grand Trunk Railroad".
CHUCK BERRY holds a degree in cosmetology.
During a 6-year period (1967-1972) THE GRASS ROOTS set a record for being on the Billboard charts an unbelievable 307 straight weeks.
JIMI HENDRIX was thrown out of high school for holding the hand of a white girl in class.
Peter Noone, lead singer of HERMAN'S HERMITS, got his nickname after the guys in the band remarked on Peter's resemblance to the character Sherman in the TV cartoon 'The Bullwinkle Show'. Peter misheard the name as Herman.
On December 12, 1957, 22 year old JERRY LEE LEWIS married 14 year old Myra Gale Brown, his second cousin.
Gene Simmons of KISS is a former elementary school teacher .
ROGER MILLER won 5 Grammy Awards in 1965 and followed in 1966 with six more.
"Walk Away Renee" by the LEFT BANKE was rejected by ten major labels before Smash Records took it on. Soon after it's release in Feb. 1966, it shot up the charts and peaked at #5.
British singer "LULU", best remembered for her hit "To Sir With Love", was married to Maurice Gibb of The BEE GEES from 1969 untill early 1973.
The rock band "LYNYRD SKYNYRD" took their name from their Physical Education teacher, Leonard Skinner, whom had given some of the guys a hard time in school.
Martha Reeves of THE VANDELLAS worked at Motown Records as a secretary. Her duties included supervising a very young STEVIE WONDER.
Over 400 musicians applied for a part in THE MONKEES, including Stephen Stills, John Sebastian and Harry Nilsson.
RICK NELSON's first wife, Kris Harmon, is the sister of Kelly Harmon, the pretty blonde girl in the Tic-Tac commercials. Their brother is actor Mark Harmon.
JOHN LENNON and Harry Nilsson were ejected from L.A.'s Troubadour club for disrupting The Smother's Brothers act in the mid 1970's.
Just hours before murdering JOHN LENNON, Mark David Chapman got Lennon's autograph.
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 RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, took their name when an appreciative fan said about their music, "that's righteous, brothers".
KENNY ROGERS was once a member of the New Christy Minstrels, and can be heard singing the chorus of their hit record, "Green, Green", behind the lead vocal of Barry McGuire, who would later have a solo smash himself with, "Eve Of Destruction".
SONNY AND CHER were initially known as Caesar and Cleo.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of STEELY DAN, were once a part of Jay and the Americans' touring band in the late 1960's.
STEPPENWOLF's lead singer, John Kay , made a perilous midnight escape from post-war East Germany when he was a child.
The lead vocal of "Incense and Peppermints," by STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK is actually that of a friend of the band, 16 year old Greg Munford, who was just hanging around during the session and decided to try his hand at singing.
The name, "THREE DOG NIGHT" was inspired by a magazine article about Austrailian aborigines, who on cold nights, would sleep beside their dogs for warmth. The very coldest weather was called a "three dog night".
TOMMY JAMES named his very first band, "The Shondells" when he was just twelve years old.
Dionne Warwick and WHITNEY HOUSTON are cousins.
Motown singer, MARY WELLS suffered a bout of spinal meningitis as a small child, which left her temporarily paralyzed.
STEVIE WONDER was placed in an incubator when he was born and given too much oxygen, causing permanent sight loss.
THE YARDBIRDS are noted for giving rise to three of Britain's greatest guitarists: ERIC CLAPTON, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP sport two of the longest beards in all of show business, while drummer Frank Beard is clean shaven.
FRANK ZAPPA named his daughter, Moon Unit Zappa.
SAM COOKE's 1960 hit, "Wonderful World" was co-written by trumpeter Herb Alpert.
Johnny Caron's Tonight Show Theme was written by PAUL ANKA, who received $30,000 a year in royalties.
After the British Invasion duo of PETER AND GORDON had run their course, Peter Asher went on to become the manager of Linda Rondstadt and James Taylor.
Hoyt Axton wrote THREE DOG NIGHT's "Joy To The World". His mother, Mae Axton wrote "Heartbreak Hotel" for ELVIS PRESLEY.
An album called "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan" was released by Stiff Records.The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence.
Florence Ballard, one of the original SUPREMES died of a heart attack in 1975. She was on welfare at the time.
In 1972, LED ZEPPELIN was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials wouldn't let them off the plane because of their long hair.
Members of The BEACH BOYS sang background vocals for Chicago's "Wishing You Were Here".
TINY TIM declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate in 1989.
The piano player on Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is Larry Knechtel of the group "BREAD".
Rocker TED NUGENT autographed a man's arm with a bowie knife after the fan had requested it.
JAMES BROWN spent three years in a Georgia reform school when he was a boy.
FLEETWOOD MAC's former guitarist, Lindsay Buckingham has a brother named Greg who won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.
GLEN CAMPBELL played lead guitar on the BEACH BOYS "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Good Vibrations".
Singer JESSI COLTER, best remembered for her 1975 hit, "I'm not Lisa", was married to both Duane Eddy and Waylon Jennings.
After they were no longer backing BUDDY HOLLY, The Crickets played on The Everly Brother's "'Till I Kissed You" in 1959.
JAMES BROWN peformed at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in 1997.
Bobby Hatfield of THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS once had a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
BILLY JOEL wrote "Just the Way You Are" for his first wife, Elizabeth.
Gene Simmons of KISS has a tongue that is seven inches long, two inches longer than most men.
When she was just four years old, GLADYS KNIGHT won first prize on TV's Ted Mack's Amature Hour.
"The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" was a number one hit in 1973 for Vicki Lawrence. The song was written by her then husband Leon Russel, who also wrote "This Diamond Ring" by GARY LEWIS and the Playboys. Cher was offered the song first, but turned it down.
There is no one named Marshall Tucker in the MARSHALL TUCKER BAND. The group named themselves after the owner of their rehearsal hall.
STEVE MILLER got his first guitar as a gift from the legendary Les Paul.
David Gates of the soft rock band "BREAD" was one of the musicians on Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash".
Millie Small's 1964 hit, "My Boy Lollipop" features a very young ROD STEWART on harmonica.
THE NEW CHRISTIE MINSTRELS, who had a mid sixties hit with "Green Green" have had several members who went on to find other fame. These include, country star KENNY ROGERS, Barry McGuire (Eve Of Destruction), Gene Clark of The Byrds as well as Kim Carnes ("Bette Davis Eyes").
An instumental called "No Matter What Shape" that was used in Alka Seltzer commercials in 1965, was performed by a band called The T-BONES. The group contained Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tom Reynolds, who would have a smash hit in the seventies called "Don't Pull Your Love" as Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.
THE STARLAND VOCAL BAND, who charted with "Afternoon Delight" in 1977, sang background vocals for JOHN DENVER's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" while they were still known as Fat City" in 1971.
Sly Stone, leader of SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE, was the producer of the Beau Brummels hits "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just A Little".
FREDDIE CANNON's first chart hit, 1959's "Tallahassee Lassie" was written by his mother.
In 1954, BILL HALEY married his pregnant girlfriend, just four days after he divorced his first wife.
USELESS MUSIC FACTS:
The Motown female group The Supremes, which dominated the pop charts in the 1960's, was originally called The Primettes.
According to Margaret Jones, author of a Patsy Cline biography, there are a dozen places in Virginia that could claim to be the hometown of the nomadic Cline. Her family moved 19 times before she was 15.
When the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, Jimmy Page was left to honor the band's commitments, performing as The New Yardbirds. The group eventually evolved into Led Zeppelin.
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 marriage only lasted a year. 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. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.
The brass family of instruments include the trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flügelhorn, French horn, saxhorn, and sousaphone. While they are usually made of brass today, in the past they were made of wood, horn, and glass.
Most toilets flush in E flat.
The rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd took their name from a high school teacher named Leonard Skinner who had suspended several students for having long hair.
According to Beatles producer George Martin, Neal Hefti's catchy composition of the 1960's "Batman" Emmy-winning theme song inspired George Harrison to write the hit song "Taxman."
At the tender age of 7, the multi-award-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch ("The Way We Were," "The Sting") was one of the youngest students ever admitted to the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
In the band KISS, Gene Simmons was "The Demon", Paul Stanley was "Star Child", Ace Frehley was "Space Man", and Peter Criss was "The Cat.
The song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was written by George Graff, who was German, and was never in Ireland in his life.
The famous Russian composer Aleksandr Borodin was also a respected chemistry professor in St. Petersburg.
In 1992, Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, better known to country music fans as singer/comedienne Minnie Pearl, was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George Bush. In 1994, Minnie became the first woman to be inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was too frail and sick to attend the ceremony, and so good friend and comedian George Lindsey ("Goober") accepted the award for her. She died in 1996 at age 83.
Bill Haley and the Comets, one of rock and roll's pioneer groups actually began their career's as Bill Haley's Saddle Pals - a country music act.
The voice of Tony the Tiger is Thurl Ravenscroft, who also sang the "Rotten Mr. Grinch" song in the movie, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".
He was also narrator for Disney's "A Spooky Night in Disney's Haunted Mansion" album. He performed for many Disney attractions including: voice of Fritz the parrot in "The Enchanted Tiki Room, " lead singer in "Grim Grinning Ghosts" in the Haunted Mansion, narrator on Monorail. He was the voice for the Disneyland LP based on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride. The flip side of this LP contained a number of sea chanties he sang.
In 1939 Irving Berlin composed a Christmas song but thought so little of it that he never showed it to anybody. He just tossed it into a trunk and didn't see fit to retrieve it until he needed it for a Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire movie, HOLIDAY INN 10 years later.
Dark Side of The Moon (a Pink Floyd album) stayed on the top 200 Billboard charts for 741 weeks! That is 14 years.
Brian Setzer, of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, started out in a garage band called Merengue.
"Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
The horse's name in the song Jingle Bells is Bobtail.
No one knows where Mozart is buried.
The Beatles featured two left handed members, Paul, whom everyone saw holding his Hoffner bass left handed, and Ringo, whose left handedness is at least partially to blame for his 'original' drumming style.
Tommy James was in a New York hotel looking at the Mutual of New York building's neon sign flashing repeatedly: M-O-N-Y. He suddenly got the inspiration to write his #1 hit, 'Mony Mony'
Tickets for Frank Sinatra's first solo performance at the Paramount Theatre in New York City in 1942, sold for 35 cents each.
Jim Morrison found the name "The Doors" for his rock band in the title of Aldous Huxley's book "The Doors of Perception", which extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
The Granny Smith apple was used as the symbol for the Beatles' Apple Records label.
Verdi wrote the opera Aida at the request of the khedive of Egypt to commemorate the opening of the Suez canal.
Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday".
John Lennon named his band the Beatles after Buddy Holly's 'Crickets.' The Beatles played the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1964. Some 8,500 fans paid just $4 each for tickets.
Jonathan Houseman Davis, lead singer of Korn, was born a Presbyterian, but converted to Catholic because his mother wanted to marry his stepfather in a Catholic church. He was also a member of his high school's bagpipe band. (For those of you who have been to Hume Lake's Christian Camps, if you know Cliff, the guy in charge, he was the guy who taught Jonathan Davis to play the bagpipe.)
"When I'm Sixty Four" was the first song to be recorded for the Sgt. Pepper album. "Within You Without You" was the last.
Jazz began in the 20th century, when bands in New Orleans began to apply the syncopated rhythms of ragtime to a variety of other tunes. In the first days of jazz, ensemble playing was emphasized. Only gradually did jazz come to be based on improvised solos.
The song with the longest title is 'I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin' Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues' written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1943. He later claimed the song title ended with "Yank" and the rest was a joke.
Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to appear on all of the band's albums.
The Beatles appear at the end of "The Yellow Submarine" in a short live action epilogue. Their voices for the cartoon movie were done by Paul Angelis (Ringo), Peter Batten (George), John Clive (John), and Geoffrey Hughes (Paul).
Peter Batten was a deserter from the British Army at the time of the creation of the film. In the final weeks of production, he was arrested for desertion, and Paul Angelis had to finish voicing the part of George. In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) did there was at least one song about rain.
The Beatles song 'A day in the life' ends with a note sustained for 40 seconds.
"Memory," has become a contemporary classic. It's been recorded more than 600 times, including as international hit recordings for such artists as Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and Judy Collins, among many others. It's most recent incarnations underline its diverse and universal appeal: as a #1 dance smash by European chanteuse Natalie Grant, and as a duet for Placido Domingo and Natalie Cole during a live telecast of the tenor's world tour.
Elvis Presley's hit recording of "Love Me Tender" entered Billboard's pop charts in October 1956. It stayed on the charts for 19 weeks, and was in the Number 1 spot for five of those weeks. The song, from Presley's debut film with the same title, was adapted from the tune "Aura Lee," which had been written back in 1861.
An eighteenth-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as the little man of Nuremberg, played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall.
Montgomery is the birthplace of music great Nat King Cole, pop singers Clarence Carter and Toni Tenille, Metropolitan Opera singer Nell Rankin, and blues legend Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton.
Beethoven's Fifth, was the first symphony to include trombones.
EMI stands for ' Electrical and Musical Instruments'.
The only musical instrument you play without touching it is called the theremin. The technology is simple: when activated, the theremin generates a sonic field around a small antenna that sticks out vertically from the top. When you put your hand closer to the antenna, the sound field is broken and the unit emits a high-pitched, electronic wail-that's the music. Different varieties of pitch are achieved by placing your hand closer to the antenna and moving it away. When your hand approaches the antenna, a low pitch will be created. As your hand gets nearer the antenna, the pitch becomes higher. (It's easily recognized for its spooky "ooo-eee-ooo" sound. You know it if you've heard the Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations.")
Brian Epstein, a record store owner in London, was asked by a customer for a copy of the record, "My Bonnie", by a group known as The Silver Beatles. He didn't have it in stock so he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group. He signed to manage them in a matter of days and renamed them The Beatles.
In 1976 Rodrigo's 'Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez' was No 1 in the UK for only three hours because of a computer error.
George Anthiel composed film scores, but earlier in his life he had been an avant garde composer. In 1924 his "Ballet mecanique" was performed at Carnegie Hall. The work was scored for a fire siren, automobile horns, and an airplane propeller. After only a few minutes of this racket, an aging gentleman in the orchestra seats tied his handkerchief to his cane and began waving a white flag.
The Beach Boys formed in 1961.
The Beatles performed their first U.S. concert in Carnegie Hall.
Brian Epstein managed The Beatles to superstardom.
The leading female singer in an opera is called the prima donna.
Elvis Presley received his U.S. army discharge on March 5, 1960.
Mass murderer Charles Manson recorded an album called "Lie."
Vaudevillian Jack Norworth wrote "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in 1908 after seeing a sign on a bus advertising BASEBALL TODAY - POLO GROUNDS. Norworth and his friend Albert von Tilzer (who write the music) had never been to a baseball game before his song became a hit sing-along.
The Japanese national anthem is expressed in only four lines. The Greek anthem runs 158 verses.
John Philip Sousa enlisted in the Marines at age 13. He worked as an apprentice in the band.
At age 14, George Harrison joined his friend Paul McCartney's band, the Quarry Men, led by John Lennon.
Dances with twisting motions accompanied jazz as far back as Jelly Roll Morton. The Paul Williams Saxtet - a sax-intensive jazz combo - recorded a two-sided 78 called "The Twister." Chubby Checker wasn't even the first man to record the song "The Twist." Hank Ballard was, in 1959.
At age 15, Jerry Garcia swapped his birthday accordion for an electric guitar.
At age 4, Mozart composed a concerto for the clavier.
At age 22, Jerry Lee Lewis married for the third time. His bride? His thirteen year old cousin.
In 1764 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the Royal Family at Versailles in France. He was even given the honor of standing behind the Queen at dinner - Mozart was only eight years old.
Through the mid-1500s in France, the lute was still the favorite instrument, but in 1555, Balthazar de Beujoyeux, the first famous violinist in history, brought a band of violinists to Catherine's de Médicis court and made violin music popular.
Paul McCartney's younger brother, Michael, formed a group of his own, known as "The Scaffold" and goes by the name "Mike McGear". He is mentioned in the lyric of "Let 'Em In" as "Brother Michael" (available on McCartney's "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" album).
The Beatles held the Top Five spots on the April 4th, 1964 Billboard singles chart. They're the only band that has ever done that.
The most recorded song of all time - with more than 2,000 versions - is 'Yesterday'. Included on the 'Help!' soundtrack, it was number one for four weeks in 1965.
ANTHONY KIEDIS - Mastiff
BRIAN (BSB) - Chihuahuas named Tyke and Litty
BRITNEY SPEARS - dogs named Mitzy, Lady, and Baby
CHRIS (NSYNC) - 2 pugs named Busta and Korea
JOE SALTO (231) - 2 cats and a killer fish
LANCE BASS (NSYNC) - Ferret named Dirk
NICK CARTER (BSB) - Dog (BooBoo) Cat (Pinkey)
PETER KRAUSS (231) - a dog named Dink
RICKY MARTIN - 2 dogs (golden retriever and chihuahua)
SAMANTHA MUMBA - dog named Bailey
CLOTHING LINES BY SINGERS AND RAPPERS:
Puffy - Jean John