21 odd and fun facts about music

  1. The only guy in ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard is Frank Beard.
  2. None of Elvis’s films got nominated for Oscar, but he did win three Grammy Awards – for his gospel recordings.
  3. John Lennon wrote Good morning, good morning after hearing a Corn Flakes commercial.
  4. Marilyn Monroe got a white poodle named Mafia from Frank Sinatra.
  5. The airplane that Buddy Holly died in was called American Pie. Don McLean wrote a song with the same name about the accident.
  6. Duran Duran was named after a mad scientist from the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.
  7. The first CD that was pressed in the U.S. was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
  8. Before composing Beethoven dipped his head in cold water.
  9. Like humans, birds can learn music while they are still in the egg stage.
  10. Mozart was five years old when he wrote his first piece.
  11. The first pop video was released in 1975. It was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
  12. In 1976 Barry Manilow sang a chart topping song named I write the songs. The song wasn’t written by him.
  13. Termites will eat wood two times faster when listening to heavy metal.
  14. When Madonna was 15 years old, she got grounded for the whole summer, for sneaking out to see David Bowie in concert.
  15. In the year 1988 tenor Luciano Pavarotti received a record 165 curtain calls at a Berlin opera house.
  16. Make music not war: Monaco’s national orchestra is bigger that its army.
  17. Wham!’s hit single Wake me up before you go go was written by George Michael who was inspired by the note that was left to his hotel room by another band member Andrew Ridgeley. The note was mistakenly written as “Don’t forget to wake me up up before you go go, George”.
  18. House of the rising sun by The Animals was recorded with only 15 minutes because the band was on a tight budget. In spite of that the song went all the way to number one in 1964.
  19. The longest song title is 305 characters (including spaces): The Sad But True Story Of Ray Mingus, The Lumberjack Of Bulk Rock City, And His Never Slacking Stribe In Exploiting The So Far Undiscovered Areas Of The Intention To Bodily Intercourse From The Opposite Species Of His Kind, During Intake Of All The Mental Condition That Could Be Derived From Fermentation by Rednex.
  20. When Billy Crystal was a child, his babysitter was the legendary Billie Holiday.
  21. Suzanne Vega is considered the “mother” of the mp3 format. The creators of the mp3 used her voice from the song Tom’s Diner for analyzing the different sound spectrums when creating the compression algorithm.

Thanks to Tarquin for sending this in !


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