PHIL BRODIE BAND'S FUN PAGE
updated for March 2017
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2009, Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services, on the M1 motorway in Northants,
England, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures,
which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England. The book included signatures
of Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, The
Eagles, Dusty Springfield and many others. The Blue Boar services as it was once
known, received so many famous guests in its 50+ year history that Jimi Hendrix
once mistook it for a London nightclub as it was mentioned so often by his contemporaries
first song recorded completely in a foreign language to reach No.1 on the UK Singles
Charts was "Je t'aime... moi non plus" by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane
Birkin in 1969 (French). There are only five other foreign language No.1 songs,
they are "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco released in 1986 (German), "La
Bamba" by Los Lobos released in 1987 (Spanish), "Sadeness (Part I)",
by Enigma released in 1990 (Latin/French), "We No Speak Americano",
by Yolanda Be Cool Vs DCUP, released in 2010 (Neapolitan-Italian) and "Gangnam
Style" by Psy released in 2012 (Korean). (Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP, both
being Australian, both spoke English as their first languages, and "We No
Speak Americano" even had a title largely in English, but the song was based
entirely on a sample of the Italian language "Tu vuò fà l'americano"
by Renato Carasone and as a result was sung completely in Neapolitan)
In 1975, 10cc topped the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'. The instrumental
break featured the repeated spoken phrase: "Be quiet, big boys don't cry...",
which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport,
UK where 10cc recorded the track.
1965, astronauts Walter Wally Schirra Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford were
orbiting earth in Gemini 6, but just before Gemini 6 was due to return to earth,
the pair reported they saw a UFO: We have an object, looks like a satellite
going from north to south . . . I see a command module and eight smaller modules
in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit.
with that Schirra and Stafford produced a harmonica and bells which they had stashed
aboard the space capsule and played Jingle Bells. It was the first
song to be performed in space. The duo had actually practiced the surprise performance,
doing a few run-throughs on Earth. Mission Control had no idea it was coming.
actress and singer, Selena Gomez had her first kiss when she was 12 years old,
with fellow 12 year old actor Dylan Sprouse.
* Not only
did Max Martin produce a majority of the songs on Britney Spears' "Oops!...
I Did It Again," but he also voiced that geeky astronaut that pops up mid-way
on the title track. Cue your "Britney, before you go, there's something I
want you to have" imitation.
* In October 1969,
for the first time in the history of the BBC's Top Of The Pops producers refused
to air the No.1 song, 'Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus', the erotic French language
love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental
with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love
making and superimposed over the top, caused such a stir in Britain that the original
label, Fontana, dropped the record despite it being No.2 on the charts. A small
record company, Major Minor, bought the rights and saw the song climb to the top
of the charts, the first French language song to ever do so.
A song that gets stuck in your head on repeat is called an earworm.
In May of 1960 The Silver Beats, which included John Lennon, Paul McCartney,
Tommy Moore, George Harrison, and Stu Sutcliffe, performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth,
Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition
for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing were Cliff Roberts & the Rockers,
The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This was s the only occasion
on which the group used the name "Silver Beats", and they quickly changed
it back to "Silver Beetles"
A few quickies: After making a mistake when recording Hey Jude
Paul McCartney says, Oh, fucking hell at 2:58; Every member of Nirvana
were kicked out of their 'Nevermind' release party for starting a food fight;
Led Zeppelin came up with the title Black Dog after a black labrador
walked into the studio while recording; Chuck
Berry aspired to be a professional photographer and only performed music to buy
photography equipment; Angelina Jolies uncle, Chip Taylor, wrote the song
The Doors were the first band ever to advertise a new album on a billboard; Bob
Dylans first draft of Like a Rolling Stone was six pages long;
and Billy Joels Only the Good Die Young is about a man attempting
to convince a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him.
"All Along The Watch Tower" ~ Jimi Hendrix ..This was recorded
while Hendrix played with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hendrix on guitar, Noel
Redding on bass, and Mitch Mitchell on drums. For this song, however, Redding
was not on bass; Hendrix played bass. Redding was also the guitar player for his
own band Fat Mattress, which Hendrix referred to as Thin Pillow. Hendrix often
felt that Redding did not put his heart into the bass and was concerned that Redding
concentrated more on Fat Mattress than he did on the Experience. Things like these
eventually led to him being replaced by Billy Cox.
On December 18th 2015 Justin Bieber set a new UK
Official Chart record as the first artist ever to log four weeks at Numbers 1
and 2 consecutively. Not only this, but that same week, December 18th to 24th
2015, Justin had an incredible eleven singles in the UK singles chart, holding
the numbers 1, 2, 5, 32, 44, 53, 56, 61, 63, 90 and 95 spot on the chart.
1989, the U.S. military blared AC/DC music at General Noriega's compound in Panama
for 2 continuous days, after which the dictator surrendered and the British Navy
uses Britney Spears' songs to scare off Somali pirates.
An all-star jam session took place at a party in LA for actor Peter Sellers' 50th
Birthday. The line-up for the group who named themselves The Trading Faces: Bill
Wyman on bass, Ronnie Wood, Jesse Ed Davis, and Danny Kortchmar on guitars, Keith
Moon, organ and drums, Joe Cocker, vocals, Nigel Olsson, drums and David Bowie
and Bobby Keys on sax.
* The "true love" mentioned
in the song "Twelve Days of Christmas" does not refer to a romantic
couple, but the Catholic Church's code for God. The person who receives the gifts
represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the "partridge
in a pear tree" represents Christ. The "two turtledoves" represent
the Old and New Testaments. Also all the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas
would equal 364 gifts
* Before the recording session
of, 'When A Man Loves A Woman', the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded
with the expectation that Percy Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes.
When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal
pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance
was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics
written down ...
* According to scientific research
carried out in 2011, Queen's "We Are The Champions" was found to be
the catchiest song ever written. Musicologist Dr Alisun Pawley from the University
of London, and Dr Daniel Müllensiefen of Goldsmiths University of London,
UK, researched into what makes a song memorable and compiled a list of the ten
"catchiest" songs of all time. They reveal the top ten were: "We
are the Champions"-Queen (1977); "Y.M.C.A"-The Village People (1978);
"Fat Lip"- Sum 41 (2001); "The Final Countdown"- Europe (1986);
"Monster"-The Automatic (2006) ; "Ruby"-The Kaiser Chiefs
(2007) ; "I'm Always Here"-Jimi Jamison (1996) ; "Brown Eyed Girl"-Van
Morrison (1967) ; "Teenage Dirtbag"- Wheatus (2000) ; and at No.10,
"Livin' on a Prayer"- Bon Jovi (1986)
study of more than 36,000 people from around the world concluded that musical
tastes and personality type were closely related. The research, which was carried
out by Professor Adrian North of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh in the UK suggested
classical music fans were shy, while heavy metal fans were gentle and at ease
with themselves. Fans of Indie music had low self-esteem and were not hard working,
fans of Rap music had high self-esteem and were outgoing. Country & Western
fans were hardworking and outgoing, Reggae fans were creative but not hardworking,
and fans of chart pop had high self-esteem, were not creative, but where hardworking
* The first person to utter the word "hip-hop"
was Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
He was teasing a pal who had joined the army about the sound boots make on pavement,
and the verbal mash-up made it into his stage act. Eventually, disco groups started
referring to bands like Wiggins' as "hip-hoppers," and, though pejorative,
the name stuck
* Back in 1967 on May 1st, "May Day",
Elvis Presley married Priscilla; thier six-tier wedding cake cost a reported $3,200,
which would be over $22,000 in today's dollars.
30th Vice President of the United States, and Nobel Prize winner, Charles Gates
Dawes, was also a self-taught pianist and a composer. His 1912 composition, "Melody
in A Major" became a well-known piano and violin tune, and played at many
official functions as his signature tune. In 1951 it was transformed into the
pop song "It's All in the Game" when Carl Sigman added lyrics. Tommy
Edwards' recording of "It's All in the Game" was a No.1 hit on the US
Billboard record chart for six weeks in the fall of 1958 and Cliff Richard reached
the No.2 spot with it in the UK in 1963. It is the only No. 1 pop single to have
been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1998 Cher became the first and only certified female performer in music history
to have had an American No.1 Billboard Hot 100 single in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
and 1990s. from "I Got You Babe" in 1965 to "Believe" in 1998
* In 1997 a concert promoter in Hawaii sold nearly two
thousand tickets for a Spice Girls concert. He charged $40 for adults and $25
for students. However, the concert never existed, it was a scam. When he was arrested,
the man Akram Abdullah-Wasi, formerly known as John Lewis, told police he needed
the money for a nose job and a sex change operation
2 weeks after the bands formation, Roy Wood's Wizzard made it's live debut at
The London Rock and Roll Show at Wembley Stadium, London, on August 5th 1972,
along side major performers including Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard,
Chuck Berry and Bill Haley and His Comets. Also this was the very first concert
ever to be held at the stadium.
* The choir in the background
of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" is really just his voice, layered 20 times,
and Ed Sheeran removed the word "fuck" from the studio version of "Don't"
because of a taxi driver who didn't want to let his daughter listen to music with
* Many people have named things honoring
Frank Zappa, including in the 80s, the Zappa confluentus, a New Guinea slender
mudskipper fish, named by biologist Ed Murdy
* The only
3 recorded Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse tracks appear on the 1966 compilation
album "What's Shakin'", and due to contractual constraints, lead singer
Steve Winwood was credited as Steve Anglo in the original album's liner notes....
Legendary session musician-pianist, Leon Russell, was meant to perform
on Bobby "Boris" Pickett's 1962 hit novelty hit song, "Monster
Mash", and is credited as one of "The Crypt-Kickers", but he arrived
late for the session, so only appears on the single's instrumental B-side, "Monster
* On January 7th 1968, KMPX a pioneer
in "underground" FM radio in San Francisco, held a "grass ballot"
vote for national office among its listeners. The results: Bob Dylan is elected
President; Paul Butterfield, Vice-President; George Harrison, US ambassador to
the UN. Jefferson Airplane are all elected Secretaries of Transportation and the
Grateful Dead are all elected Attorneys General
his buddy and fellow musician, Brian Jones, Dave Davies the more flamboyant and
experimental Kink, nicknamed his shitty little Elpico amplifier "The Fart
Box". One day while experimenting with the song "You Really Got Me",
Dave slashed the cone with a razor to achieve a fuzzy-buzzy, raspy-raunchy sound
for which The Kinks became known for; he also stuck knitting needles into "Fart
Box" so the fabric would also contributed to the sound as it vibrated and
then enhanced all this with two mics.
* The themes to
the 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 in 1987 the German rock band BAP where the 2nd western
band to be allowed to perform in China. In total BAP performed 8 concerts in China
three concerts in Beijing, three in Shanghai and two in Guangzhou.
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.
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.
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.
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
* 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
* 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)".
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.
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
* 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.
* 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"
. . .
& 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"
* 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.
* "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.
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.
* 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
* "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
* 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.
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
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 a hugely important
role in popularizing reggae throughout the world.
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
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
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
* 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.
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".
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.
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
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".
"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
* 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".
* 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.
* 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.
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.
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.
Weller played guitar on Champagne Supernova by Oasis.
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 No.1. . "Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes
was Motown's first No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1961, and The Supremes have
scored twelve US No.1 hits, more than any other female vocal group in history.
* 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
*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).
* 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.
Tchaikovsky was financed by a wealthy widow for 13 years, and at her request,
they never met.
* 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
* 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.
* Monaco's national orchestra is bigger
than it's army.
* Jimmy Page's first session job for
the Decca Label was the recording of "Diamonds" by Jet Harris &
Tony Meehan, which went to Number 1 on the singles chart in 1963.
Madonna was protected by 10,000 soldiers and riot police at her Moscow
concert after the Russian Orthodox Church staged protests against her self-crucifixion
stunt, which has become an infamous part of her Confessions tour. (September 15,
* Guitar probably comes from the word kithara,
which was the principal stringed instrument of the ancient Greeks and later of
the Romans. The kithara was played with a plectrum, it was a larger and stronger
form of the lyre.
* As of 2005, Queen albums have spent
a total of 1,422 weeks or 27 years on the UK album charts; more time than any
other musical act including The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
While pregnant, Madonna had cravings for peanut squash and sticky toffee
pudding; Mel B had cravings for peanut butter, cheesecake, ice-cream and chips,
while her former band mate Victoria just craved for gerkins.
In 1987, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was the first female artist to
be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, followed by The Supremes in 1988.
'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' by Wham! was inspired by a sign Andrew Ridgeley
used to put on his bedroom door for his mum to wake him before she went to work;
it was also Wham's first US hit.
* The singing voice
of Lauren Bacall, in her screen debut, 'To Have And Have Not' in 1944 was dubbed
by Andy Williams, when he was a teenager. This is a deeply entrenched myth
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
* 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".
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.
Stewart was in a group called 'Shotgun Express' with Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood
(the latter two went on to form Fleetwood Mac).
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"
* 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
* The dinosaur, Cryolophosaurus, was at one point
informally known as the Elvisaurus, due to the resemblance to Elvis Presley's
pompadour haircut in the 1950s.
* 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
* 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
* 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 .
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.
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.
manager, Colonel Tom Parker covered all bases by selling both "I Love Elvis"
buttons as well as "I Hate Elvis" buttons.
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.
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
* 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.
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?"
to April 1966, David Bowie had recorded under the name of David Jones and The
* 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.
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
* 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
* 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.
were featured on the front cover of the first issue of Kerrang Magazine, launched
* "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.
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.
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
* 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
* 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.
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
* 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.
Adams took a photograph of The Queen of England at a 2002 Golden Jubilee function
in England that was used on a Canadian stamp .
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.
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.
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.
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
* 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,
* 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,
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.
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".
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
* 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".
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
* 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.
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
* The first group to be inducted into the
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were The Coasters.
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
* 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
* Sonny and Cher were initially known as Caesar
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them up on the page, which I started back in 2004, curtain of the facts might
have altered over the years.
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