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From 1969 to 1970 Jimmy Buffett was a staff writer for Billboard
magazine in Nashville.
Al Kooper, founder of Blood, Sweat and Tears, was one of the co-writers of "This Diamond
Ring" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
The captain of Elvis' plane "Hound Dog 2" was Milo High.
Cher was a background singer on the Righteous Brothers hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.
The Academy Award winning score for the movie "Fame" was written by Leslie Gore's brother, Michael.
Barry Manilow recorded his vocals and piano parts for "Mandy" in one take.
Vince Gill once sang with
the group Pure Prairie League.
Sam Cooke turned down "Travelin' Man" which was subsequently recorded
by Ricky Nelson. The song topped the Billboard charts in 1961.
To scare away birds, Gloucestershire airport in
England used to blast Tina Turner songs on the runway.
In October 2000, George Michael paid more than $2 million
for the piano used by John Lennon to write "Imagine".
"Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"
was recorded in 1958 by Brenda Lee. It is a Christmas favourite and actually reached number 5 on the Christmas charts in 1984.
The Chipmunks were named after executives at Liberty records. Ross Bagdasarian (David Seville) named Alvin for Al
Bennett, president of the company, Simon was named after Bennett's partner, Si Waronker and Theodore was named for Ted
Keep, a recording engineer.
On September 11, 1977 Bing Crosby and David Bowie recorded "The Little Drummer
Boy" and "Peace On Earth" for Bing's Christmas T.V. special. Bing died a month later, never having seen
the finished product.
The world's most expensive record is valued at approximately $180,000. It is the first
pressing of "That'll Be The Day" by The Quarry Men. It was recorded in 1958 and is owned by Paul McCartney.
Elvis returned to performing live in 1969. Ed Sullivan was not at the show, but Paul Anka, Sam Phillips and a host
of others were.
Lucille Ball tried to get Elvis to appear on her 1971 television show. She was unsuccessful because
CBS wouldn't pay his fee.
Lennon and McCartney wrote "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in the basement of
Paul's girlfriend at the time, Jane Asher.
The first song ever recorded was "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
Thomas Edison spoke it while testing a phonograph in 1877.
"Running Bear" was written by The Big Bopper,
J.P. Richardson and went to number one for Johnny Preston in 1960.
Roy Orbison majored in Geology in college.
David Bowie's real name is David Robert Jones. He changed it so as to not be confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
"Summertime Blues" was a Top 40 hit in three different decades. Eddie Cochran in the 50's took it to
#8, it went to #14 for Blue Cheer in the 60's and to #27 for The Who in the 70's.
The first double album
is believed to be "Freak Out" by The Mothers Of Invention, released in 1967.
Elvis has the most U.S.
top 10 singles with 38. Madonna is next with 35.
Jimmy Webb was inspired to write "Up, Up and Away" from
a hot air balloon a friend flew doing promotions for a radio station.
Tom Dawes wrote the only hit for the group
The Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball". His next claim to fame was the "plop,plop,fizz,fizz" jingle for Alka-Seltzer.
Gramophone was a brand name that referred to a sound recording in the late 1800's. The nickname lives on in the
form of Grammy, as in The Grammy Awards.
"Bye Bye Love" was turned down by more than 30 artists, including
Elvis before the Everly Brothers recorded it. Their version stayed on the charts for 22 weeks, peaking at #2.
Beach Boys have a clause in their contract which states any sell outs must be reported to all industry related magazines and
Ray Stevens turned down the song "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" because he didn't
In Feb and March 1964 The Beatles sold 60% of all records sold in the U.S.
"My Eyes Adored
You" was originally titled "Blue Eyes in Georgia" but Frankie Valli changed it when he recorded it.
The original title of Kiss' 1976 hit "Beth" was "Beck", the nickname of one of the songwriters girlfriend.
Graceland is the second most visited house in America. The White House is number one.
was recorded as a doo-wop version by The Marcels with about 10 minutes of studio time remaining. It went to number one in
April 1961. The song was written in 1934.
Gladys Knight's "Pips" were named after her manager, James
Diana Ross has never won a Grammy, in spite of having 18 number one songs on the U.S. charts.
There have been over 30 different members of The Drifters and even two entirely seperate sets of singers.
The first "live" T.V. satellite program was "Our World". It aired in June, 1967 and The Beatles performed
"All You Need Is Love"