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Jan Berry of Jan And Dean was reported to have an I.Q. of 180, which puts him well into the genius category.



Before he became a musician, Dave Clark of The Dave Clark Five worked as a stunt man in over 40 films. He stopped drumming after he broke four knuckles in a tobogganing accident in 1972.

On September 4th, 1971, Paul McCartney reached #1 in America with a song called "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey". He would later state that Admiral Halsey was US Admiral William "Bull" Halsey of World War II fame, and Uncle Albert was his real uncle, Albert Kendall, who married Paul's aunt Milly.

Of the twenty-five instrumental songs that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the Rock 'n' Roll era, half of them occurred between 1955 and 1962.

Christmas classics like "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Silver Bells", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Holly Jolly Christmas", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "Winter Wonderland", "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "White Christmas" and "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" were all written by members of the Jewish Faith.

Guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh, who later that year went on to form the Average White Band, played on Chuck Berry's 1972 hit, "My Ding-a-Ling".

Jose Feliciano's Christmas song "Feliz Navidad" first charted at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 3rd, 1998, more than two decades after it was recorded. It ranks eighth on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles according to Nielsen SoundScan.

P.J. Proby's 1967 hit, "Niki Hoeky" was co-written by two future members of Redbone, Pat and Lolly Vegas, who would go on to score a #5 hit in 1974 with "Come And Get Your Love".

In 1938, Elvis Presley's father, Vernon, served nine months in the Parchman Penitentiary for altering a check. Elvis was just three years old at the time.

The original lyrics to Freddie Cannon's first chart hit, 1959's "Tallahassee Lassie" were written by his mother, Mimi Picariello.

Sly Stone, leader of Sly And The Family Stone, was the producer of The Beau Brummels' 1965 hits "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just A Little".

Dodie Stevens had a U.S. #3 hit called "Pink Shoelaces" in 1959. She would later go on to sing with Sergio Mendez And Brazil '66 and later still with Mac Davis.

Billy Joel wrote his breakthrough hit, "Just the Way You Are" for his first wife, Elizabeth Weber. The inspiration for the song was taken directly from the last line in The Four Seasons' 1964 hit, "Rag Doll".

The New Christy 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").

In October, 1978, Bobbie Gentry, who scored a #1 hit in 1967 with "Ode To Billy Joe", married Jim Stafford, who reached #3 in 1974 with "Spiders and Snakes". They split just fourteen months later after the birth of their son, Tyler Gentry Stafford.

Before being signed to Capitol Records in 1962, The Beach Boys were rejected by Dot, Liberty and Decca Records. They would go on to have thirty-five Billboard Top 40 hits for Capitol.

Gene Simmons of KISS is reputed to have a tongue that is seven inches long, two inches longer than most men.

While still known as Reg Dwight, Elton John was paid 12 Pounds to play piano on The Hollies' 1969 hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

In January, 1978, guitarist Ted Nugent autographed a man's arm with a Bowie knife after the fan had requested it.

There is no one named Marshall Tucker in The Marshall Tucker Band. The group named themselves after the previous tenant of their rehearsal hall, after finding a key tag with his name on it.

Glen Frey of The Eagles played rhythm guitar and sang backup vocals on Bob Seger's first Billboard Top 40 hit, "Ramblin', Gamblin' Man". The song reached #17 in 1969.

As a teenager, Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was a pretty good baseball player and was scouted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the late 1950s.

Although he rose to the top of his musical genre, James Brown endured a troubled childhood. Abandoned by his parents at the age of five, he was sent to Augusta, Georgia to live at an aunt's brothel. At 16, he was convicted of stealing and landed in reform school for three years. It was there that he started singing Gospel music, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Hoyt Axton wrote Three Dog Night's 1971 hit, "Joy To The World". His mother, Mae Axton co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel" for Elvis Presley. Both songs topped the Billboard chart, making them the only Mother/Son duo to accomplish that feat.

Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert co-wrote and sang background vocals on John Denver's #2 hit, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" in 1971. In 1976 the pair would top the Billboard Hot 100 with "Afternoon Delight" as members of The Starland Vocal Band. In 2010, Billboard ranked "Afternoon Delight" at #20 on their list of The Sexiest Songs Of All Time.

B.J. Thomas' 1972, #15 hit "Rock and Roll Lullaby" included vocals by David Somerville of The Diamonds, Darlene Love, Fanita James and Jean King of The Blossoms, and Duane Eddy on guitar. Although it is often rumored, The Beach Boys do not appear on the recording.

One of the tunes that Brian Wilson recorded for his "Live at the Roxy Theatre" album in 2000 is the Barenaked Ladies' 1992 song "Brian Wilson", which poked fun at the time that he spent in bed in the 1970s.

In early August, 1966, about two weeks after Datebook magazine published John Lennon's infamous "We're more popular than Jesus now" statement, The Beatles played at Dodger Stadium and were actually trapped inside the building by overzealous fans for about two hours. The two security guards assigned to protect them that day were named Jack Moses and Jim Christ (pronounced krist.)

Singer Jessi Colter, best remembered for her 1975, Billboard #4 hit, "I'm Not Lisa", married guitarist Duane Eddy in 1961 and Country star Waylon Jennings in 1969.

Glen Campbell played lead guitar on the recordings of The Beach Boys "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Help Me Rhonda". He was also a full time member of The Beach Boys' touring group for four months in 1964 into 1965.

An instrumental called "No Matter What Shape", that was used in Alka Seltzer commercials in 1965, went to #3 for The T-Bones. The touring group contained Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tom Reynolds who would top the Billboard chart in 1975 with "Fallin' In Love" as Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.

The piano player on Simon And Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is Larry Knechtel, who later joined the Soft Rock group Bread.

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 Mersey Beat reporter who wrote a favorable review remembered the wrong color as her surname. Rather than lose the good publicity, she decided to use Black instead of her real name, Cilla White.

Tiny Tim declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate in March, 1989. After just five weeks, he withdrew, telling a news reporter, "My campaign fizzled as flat as this beer."

Archie Bell co-wrote his million selling hit "Tighten Up" after learning that he had been drafted. By the time the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in May, 1968, he was a member of the U.S. military and could not tour to support the record.

Len Barry, who scored a 1963, #2 hit with "1-2-3", was the lead singer of The Dovells on their 1961 smash "Bristol Stomp" when he was known as Len Borisoff.

The lead vocal of The Beach Boys' 1965, #1 hit, "Barbara Ann" was actually sung by Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean. Torrence was just hanging around the studio when everyone started to play the former Regents' hit, without knowing that the tape machine was still running.

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.

B.J. Thomas set a record for the Billboard number one song with the longest title with "Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" in 1975.

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.

In 1978, ABBA was Sweden's most profitable export. Car maker Volvo was number two.

In 1969 Rita Coolidge's sister, Priscilla Coolidge married Booker T. Jones of Booker T. And The MGs. During their ten year union the pair collaborated as a duo on three albums. After their divorce Priscilla married 60 Minutes broadcaster Ed Bradley and later wed Michael Seibert. Coolidge and Seibert were found dead in their home in Thousand Oaks, CA. on October 2, 2014, from what police ruled a murder-suicide.

Barry Manilow's 1974, #1 hit, "Mandy" was written and recorded by Scott English as "Brandy", but was changed by Manilow to avoid confusion with a 1972 record by a band named Looking Glass.

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.

When Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army on March 5th, 1960, RCA Records wasted no time in getting him back into the recording studio. Anticipation for the new Elvis single was so great, the record company had taken 1,275,077 orders for the un-released song, making "Stuck On You" a million seller before it was even recorded.

The name, Three Dog Night was inspired by a magazine article about Australian aborigines, who on cold nights, would sleep beside their dogs for warmth. The very coldest weather was called a "three dog night". Other names that the group considered were "Redwood" and "Tricycle".

Boz Scaggs' real name is William Royce Scaggs. His handle is shortened from a high school nickname, "Bosley".

Actor Tab Hunter, who topped the Billboard chart in March of 1957 with "Young Love", was so popular with the ladies that he once received over 62,000 Valentines.

"Walk Away Renee" by The Left Banke was rejected by ten major labels before Smash Records took a chance on it. Soon after its release in February 1966, it shot up the Billboard chart and peaked at #5.

Tommy James' hit "Crimson And Clover" was accidently leaked to a Chicago radio station who played a rough mix over the air before the record was actually released. Roulette Records then felt obligated to quickly issue the single in its rough edit, which amazingly went to number one in America on February 1st, 1969.

Although Tony Burrows never had a hit record using his own name, he holds the unusual distinction of having sung five Billboard Top 20 hits for five different groups. He sang lead vocals on Edison Lighthouse's "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes" (#5, Feb. 1970), White Plains' "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (#13, March 1970), The Pipkins' "Gimme Dat Ding" (#9, April 1970), The Brotherhood Of Man's "United We Stand" (#13, July 1970) and First Class' "Beach Baby" (#4, July 1974).

While the song was still under development, the first working title of what would become The Eagles "Hotel California" was "Mexican Reggae".

Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" has the distinction of being the only song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to be sung entirely in Japanese. The actual title of the song is "Ue O Muite Aruko" or "I Look Up When I Walk". Fearful that Americans would be unable to pronounce the title, Capitol Records released it as "Sukiyaki" and watched it soar to #1 in June of 1963.

The song "Bye Bye Love" had been rejected by 30 other artists before The Everly Brothers recorded it in February, 1957. The record went on to sell over a million copies, reaching #2 on the U.S. Pop chart and #1 on the Country & Western chart.

The Christmas song "Silver Bells" was first titled "Tinkle Bells" until co-composer Jay Livingston's wife told him "tinkle" had another meaning.

Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide since it was released in December, 1942 and was recognized as the best-selling single in any music category for more than 50 years until 1998 when Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind", overtook it in a matter of months.

During a six year period between 1967 and 1972 The Grass Roots set a record for being on the Billboard charts an unbelievable 307 straight weeks.

Although he was named Johnny Allen Hendrix at birth, his tombstone reads James M. "Jimi" Hendrix.

It was Paul McCartney, not Ringo Starr who played drums on the Beatles "Back In The U.S.S.R." and "The Ballad of John and Yoko".

James Brown's wife, Adrienne Brown tried to get her traffic tickets dismissed because of "diplomatic immunity" in June of 1988. She claimed her husband was the official "ambassador of soul". The request was later withdrawn.

Paul McCartney's 1977 hit, "Mull Of Kintyre" is his all-time largest selling record in the UK, either with or without The Beatles. In America it was virtually ignored.

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".

Although she sang "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", Crystal Gayle's eyes are actually blue.

When Tina Turner left her husband and former band mate Ike Turner in 1975, she was carrying nothing more than thirty-six cents in change and a gas station credit card. In August, 1984, she was awarded a Gold Record for "What's Love Got To Do With It".

Elvis Presley's October, 1976 recording of "Way Down" also featured J.D. Sumner singing the words "way on down" at the end of each chorus, down to the note low C. At the end of the song he got down to double low C, which according to the Guinness Book Of World Records was the lowest note ever produced by the human voice up to that time.

Woodstock Ventures, the sponsors of the original Woodstock Festival, lost more than $1.2 million on the concert.

Little Richard's father, Charles "Bud" Penniman was both a church deacon and a nightclub owner who sold bootlegged moonshine on the side.

The Beatles recorded "Strawberry Fields Forever" during the sessions for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in the Fall of 1966. The song was left off the album, but appeared on 1968's "Magical Mystery Tour".

Sherman Kelly wrote what would become King Harvest's 1973, #13 hit, "Dancing In The Moonlight" while he was recovering from a severe beating he received in the Virgin Islands that nearly took his life. "I envisioned an alternate reality," said Kelly. "The dream of a peaceful and joyful celebration of life."

In 1956 Bette Nesmith Graham, the mother of Monkees guitarist Michael Nesmith, invented a correction fluid she called Mistake Out and founded the company that would become Liquid Paper. In 1979 the Liquid Paper Corporation was sold to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million.

Hank Ballard And The Midnighters made music history in September, 1960 when they became the first group to have three songs in the U.S. Hot 100 at the same time, "Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" and "The Twist".

Both of Bobby Hebb's parents were blind musicians.

The first time Billy Joel played 'Just The Way You Are' for his then wife Elizabeth, she asked "Do I get the publishing too?" Billy would later say, "In retrospect, I probably should have known right then and there that the relationship was doomed. I had written 'Just The Way You Are' for someone who had changed."

Brian Wilson's divorce from his wife Marilyn was presided over by Judge Joseph Wapner, before he rose to fame on TV.

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.

Michael Jackson's 1988 autobiography, Moon Walk, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Two members of Beach Boys, Carl Wilson and David Marks, took guitar lessons from John Maus, who would go on to fame as John Walker of The Walker Brothers.

The first draft of Jan And Dean's 1963 hit, "Surf City", was written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys with the working title "Goody Connie Won't You Come Back Home".

Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-a-like contest. She lost to a drag queen.

Wolfman Jack, who was an ordained minister, officiated at the wedding of Beach Boys' vocalist Mike Love to Cathy Martinez in 1981.

Michael Jackson paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles' back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.

The group of studio musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew" were so named by drummer Hal Blaine because older, more conservative players said that these young session guys were going to "wreck the business."

David Lee Roth's 1985 hit "Just A Gigolo", was originally recorded by jazz artist Ted Lewis in 1931.

In 1990, Andrew Gold, who wrote "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You For Being A Friend", appeared with four of his family members on the game show Family Feud.

Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs' 1965 #2 hit "Wooly Bully" was the first Billboard Record of the Year not to have topped a weekly Hot 100.

Country singer Tanya Tucker was such a big Elvis fan, she named one of her daughters "Presley."

The Kingsmen's Jack Ely once said that when the band entered the studio, their intention was to record "Louie Louie" as an instrumental, but they changed their mind at the last minute and he decided to add a vocal track.

Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" became the first single to ever sell over 2 million copies in April, 1976.

Glen Campbell's "Witchita Lineman" was the most played song on Country radio in the last century.

At one point, The Beach Boys' Mike Love, keyboard player Billy Preston, Marilyn McCoo and Ron Townsend of The Fifth Dimension and guitarist Johnny Echols of the L.A. band Love, all attended Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.

Elvis Presley offered the press a chance to interview him in June of 1972 for a fee of $120,000. There were no takers.

The Zombies 1964 #2 smash, "She's Not There", was only the third song that Rod Argent ever wrote. He was just eighteen at the time.

Members of The Beach Boys sang background vocals for Chicago's "Wishing You Were Here" and Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".

On June 7th, 1979, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service charged Chuck Berry with three counts of tax evasion. Just hours later, he performed at a concert for President Jimmy Carter on the front lawn of the White House.

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 Billboard Top 20 hit in 1967 with "Friday On My Mind".

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 Judith B. Sheindlin, who was still serving in her fifteen year tenure as a New York Family Court judge before appearing in her TV show, Judge Judy.

"To Sir With Love", the 1967 hit by Lulu, went all the way to number one in the United States, where it would stay for five weeks. In her homeland of Great Britain, the record didn't chart at all.

Sky Saxon wrote The Seeds' 1967 garage band classic "Pushin' Too Hard" while sitting in the front seat of a car waiting for his girlfriend to finish grocery shopping.

Jimmy Webb wrote "MacAruther Park" for a woman named Susan who worked for Aetna Life Insurance, which had an office across the street from the park in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The two would meet there occasionally for lunch, but the romance fizzled and she married someone else, just like the song says.

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 Peppermint Twist".

Several of the major forces in the world of Rock 'n' Roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Engelbert Humperdinck in the late '60s, '70's and '80s.

In 2009, Buddy Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly Santiago, told MassLive.com that she liked Don McLean's song "American Pie", but disagreed with its central premise. "Buddy may not be here, but the music has not died," she said. "It is still alive and well."

Dick Clark's wife suggested that Ernest Evans change his name to "Chubby Checker" as a parody of "Fats Domino".

Before he was convicted of murder, Charles Manson befriended Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson, who convinced the rest of the band to record a Manson composition called "Cease To Exist". The title was changed to "Never Learn Not To Love" and was released as the "B" side of the single "Bluebirds Over The Mountain", which eventually climbed to number 61 in early 1969, giving Manson a hit record on Billboard's Hot 100.

Despite the name, only two members of The Statler Brothers (Don and Harold Reid) are actual brothers and none has the surname of Statler. The band actually named themselves after a brand of facial tissue they saw in a hotel room. At the time they were using the name The Kingsmen.

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 Chipmunks", Alvin, Simon and Theodore, were named after executives at Liberty Records by their creator, Ross Bagdasarian, who used the stage name David Seville.

Despite selling hundreds of thousands of copies of the 1970, Billboard #22 hit, "God, Love And Rock And Roll", Teegarden And Van Winkle's drummer David Teegarden said the biggest royalty check he ever received was for 4 dollars, with some as low as 5 cents.

The very first CD available for commercial release was Billy Joel's "52nd Street", issued in Japan in 1982. The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA".

A friend once asked John Lennon what was the best lyric he ever wrote. "That's easy," replied Lennon, "All you need is love."

Willie Nelson has often stated that the original working lyric to his 1961 composition "Crazy", was "Stupid."

Milton Gabler, the producer of Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock", was an uncle by marriage to actor Billy Crystal. Billy inducted Gabler into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.

Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer assigned to document Elvis Presley's early career, recalled that he shot in black and white because Elvis' label, RCA, refused to pay for high-priced color film and processing, uncertain if Elvis was going to be worth it. His two week assignment lasted over 60 years.

The Who's 1976 hit "Squeeze Box" was originally intended to be introduced on a television special planned in 1974. In the performance of the song, the members of the band were to have been surrounded by 100 topless women playing accordions as they played the song. Fortunately for all concerned, the performance never happened.

The Carpenters' break-though hit, "(They Long To Be) Close To You", was first recorded by actor Richard Chamberlain and issued as the B-side to his single "Blue Guitar" in 1963.

Bobby Goldsboro is an accomplished artist. His painting, "The Gathering" was selected for the cover of the book Ocala, a Portrait of Life. He also has over two dozen of his works gracing the walls of the Gateway Bank of Central Florida.

The husband and wife team of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, who co-wrote John Denver's 1971 hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads", were close friends of Denver and appeared as singers and songwriters on many of his albums. They formed the Starland Vocal Band in 1976 and scored a chart topping single with "Afternoon Delight", which stayed in the Top 40 for sixteen weeks.

The Lemon Pipers, who reached #1 in the US in 1968 with "Green Tambourine", first gained notoriety by reaching the finals in the Ohio Battle Of The Bands in 1967, losing out to The James Gang.

John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival had never been to Mississippi when he wrote "Proud Mary" or Louisiana when he penned "Born On The Bayou".

Maxim magazine ranked former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman at number 10 on its Living Sex Legends list, as he is reputed to have had sex with over 1,000 women.

The Animals first organized as a Jazz quintet with Eric Burdon on trombone. Partly because Burdon was not a good player, he took up singing and the band switched to Rock 'n' Roll.

Peter, Paul And Mary's 1969 hit, "Leaving On A Jet Plane", was written by John Denver and originally recorded by him as an album cut with the title "Babe, I Hate To Go".

In August, 1984, Ray Parker Jr. asked "Who you gonna call?" on his #1 hit "Ghostbusters". Huey Lewis heard the song and answered, "A lawyer." Lewis sued Parker for plagiarism for copying his song "I Want a New Drug". The two eventually settled out of court.

Although announcer Al Dvorin became famous in the 1970s for uttering the phrase, "Elvis has left the building," he was not the first to make that announcement at an Elvis show. On December 15th, 1956, promoter Horace Lee Logan used those same words after Elvis' appearance in Shreveport, Louisiana. They were also heard at the end of Elvis' March 25th, 1961 concert at Pearl Harbor. (on Nov 5 1971)

Seven of the nine songs on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album were issued as singles and all of them reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

As of early 2016, Rock 'n' Roll legend Chuck Berry had released 19 studio albums, but only 4 of them ever cracked the Billboard 200 album chart. The only one to enter the Top 100 was 1975's "The London Chuck Berry Sessions", which went to #8.

Most of us know that Barry Manilow's 1976 hit "I Write The Songs" was actually written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys. Before Manilow's version became his second number one hit, it had already been recorded by Captain And Tennille as an album cut and released as a single by David Cassidy, who took it to #11 in the UK.

In 1955, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips opened America's first all-female radio station, WHER in Memphis. When the station presented the foreign news, the ladies would amuse their listeners by announcing, "And now, the news from abroad."

Although "Someday We'll Be Together" may have been the perfect choice for The Supremes final single before their break-up, the song wasn't written for them. It had actually been written by Johnny Bristol, Jackie Beavers and Harvey Fuqua and released by Bristol and Beavers on the tiny Tri-Phi label nine years earlier.

Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr are brothers-in-law. Starr is married to Barbara Bach, who is the sister of Walsh's wife, Marjorie.

In 2014 it was reported that "Rock and Roll Part 2", co-written by Gary Glitter and Mike Leander, was earning an estimated $250,000 a year in royalties due to its use in the National Hockey League.

Buddy Rich, the legendary Jazz drummer, died after surgery in 1987. As he was being prepped for the surgery, a nurse asked him, "Is there anything you can't take?" He replied, "Yeah, Country music."

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty has said that he is in on the joke where people have mis-heard his lyrics to "Bad Moon Rising" and sing There's a bathroom on the right instead of There's A Bad Moon On The Rise. He has even admitted that he intentionally sings the wrong words in concert about half the time.

The 1969 LP "Abby Road" features the only original UK Beatles album sleeve to show neither the artist name nor the album title on its front cover.

The 1999 movie, Girl Interrupted, for which Angelina Jolie won an Academy Award, featured Merrilee Rush's version of "Angel Of The Morning", which was written by Jolie's uncle, Chip Taylor.

The theme song for the US TV program Jeopardy was written by the show's creator, Merv Griffin in an attempt to get his infant son to fall asleep. He claims it took him only about 30 seconds to write.

The Murmaids #3 1963 hit, "Popsicles and Icicles" was written by David Gates, the future founder of the Soft Rock group, Bread.

Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, who taught George Harrison to play the instrument, is the father of nine time Grammy winner Norah Jones. Shankar was 59 years old when she was born.

Although the 1970 hit "Spirit in the Sky" has a clear Christian theme, its writer, Norman Greenbaum, was actually Jewish.

Sonny Bono is the only member of U.S. Congress to have scored a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 ("I Got You Babe" in 1965).

The lyrics to Bill Haley's recording of "Shake, Rattle And Roll" that said I'm like one-eyed cat, peepin' in a seafood store, were ironic because Haley himself was blind in one eye since the age of four.

The name we see on a Gibson Les Paul Signature guitar was not actually written by the famous guitarist. The image was produced by the company's Art Department and Les Paul had to learn to copy it for autographs.

The Bob Dylan composition "All I Really Want to Do" was inspired by his breakup with Suze Rotolo, the woman walking with him on the cover of his album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan". Cher took the song to #15 in America while a rendition by The Byrds reached #4 in the UK in 1965.

Movie producer Don Simpson hated the Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes tune "Up Where We Belong" and wanted it cut from the film An Officer And A Gentleman, saying "The song is no good. It isn't a hit." When it was released as a single, the record rose to number one in America and was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over two million copies. After it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983, Simpson still refused to acknowledge that he was wrong about it.

Only two artists have ever been awarded a Grammy for Album Of The Year in two consecutive years. Frank Sinatra won back-to-back in 1966 ("September Of My Years") and 1967 ("A Man And His Music") while Stevie Wonder did it in 1974 ("Innervisions") and 1975 ("Fulfillingness' First Finale").

Brooklyn Bridge's 1969 hit, "Worst That Could Happen" was written by Jimmy Webb. Like "MacArthur Park" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", Webb wrote the song about an unrequited love for Susan Horton, who married someone else. That union however was short lived and she and Webb reconnected, but the tables were turned when Jimmy wed Rosemarie Frankland, a model and actress who once held the title of Miss World. Horton later married Linda Ronstadt's cousin, Bobby Ronstadt.

The Black Sabbath song "Fairies Wear Boots" was inspired by an encounter with combat boot-wearing skinheads who disrupted one of the bands' early concerts.

Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" started out as "Mrs. Roosevelt", and was changed to the final title after it was pitched to producer Mike Nicols, who was then filming The Graduate. The opening lines, dee de dee dee de dee dee dee, were used because because the duo had not come up with suitable lyrics yet, but Nicols liked it that way and the scat remained in place for the final recording.

Both of the female singers in The Fifth Dimension, Marilyn McCoo and Florence La Rue, won the title of Miss Bronze California in back-to-back years just before the group was formed.

The chord progression of George McRae's 1974 chart topper, "Rock Your Baby" was cited by John Lennon as the inspiration for "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night". Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA also admitted they were influenced by McRae's hit when they wrote "Dancing Queen".

When Ringo Starr's 1963 Ludwig drum kit was sold at an auction in December, 2015, it was the first time they had been seen in public in over fifty years.

Karen Carpenter's doorbell at her condominium in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California, chimed the first six notes of "We've Only Just Begun".

When Helen Reddy was hosting Midnight Special, she appeared on camera, introducing the featured act. In reality, the intros were taped ahead of time and Reddy later admitted that she rarely, if ever, actually met the artists she was introducing.

In January, 1966, The Four Seasons had three hit records on the Billboard Pop chart under three different names. "Working My Way Back To You" was issued using their regular name, "Don't Think Twice" had been credited to The Wonder Who and "(You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself" was released as a Frankie Valli solo record with the rest of The Seasons singing back-up on the track.

Chubby Checker believes his 1960 #1 hit, "The Twist", written by Hank Ballard, was never about dancing, but about sex, saying "It was probably the dirtiest song that was recorded."

Leo Fender, who founded the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, whose products included the iconic Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, never learned to play the instruments which he made a career of building.

Hyrum Osmond, one of the supervising animators for Walt Disney's Frozen, is a nephew of singer Donny Osmond. He was responsible for having the Frozen character Hans striking a pose with his head tilted, eyes squinted and arm raised when he belted out a sustained note in "Love Is An Open Door", poking a little fun at his famous uncle's singing style.

According to journalist Ivor Davis, who accompanied The Beatles on their first North American tour, most of the autographed pictures handed out were actually signed by the band's Press Agent Derek Taylor, Road Manager Mal Evans and Brian Epstein's assistant Neil Aspinall and seldom by The Beatles themselves.

Syd Nathan of King Records was hesitant to record James Brown's "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". When he asked what the song was about, Brown replied, "I have no idea."

Helen Reddy's 1972 Billboard #1 smash, "I Am Woman", was a song about women gaining power and independence in an otherwise "man's world." It was quickly adopted by the women's liberation movement as an anthem to their cause. Helen wrote the words, but at the time, few realized that the music was written by a man, an Australian guitarist named Ray Burton who even rewrote some of Reddy's original lyrics.

Both sides of the single "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by The Temptations won Grammy awards. The A-side won for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus, and the B-side took the award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

In 1958, the Esso Research Center reported that "tuning in rock & roll music on a car radio can cost a motorist money, because the rhythm can cause a driver to unconsciously jiggle the gas pedal, thus wasting fuel."

Glen Campbell started his musical career as a studio musician, playing on hit records like "The Reverend Mr. Black" by The Kingston Trio, "Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers, "Dance, Dance, Dance" by The Beach Boys, "Honolulu Lulu" by Jan And Dean and many, many others.

John Lennon admitted to physically abusing both of his wives, Cynthia and Yoko. In an interview with Playboy magazine he said, "I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit."

The guitar intro to Roy Orbison's 1964 hit, "Oh! Pretty Woman", was played by Billy Sanford, a young man who had just arrived in Nashville and heard that Orbison was short a guitar player. With a borrowed guitar, he auditioned, got the gig and recorded one of Rock 'n' Roll's most recognizable guitar riffs.

Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Three songs on The Beach Boys' 1969 album "20/20" have connections to murder. "Never Learn Not To Love", although credited to Dennis Wilson, was actually a re-worked version of a song written by Charles Manson called "Cease To Exist". Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, in August, 1969. "Cotton Fields" was written by Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, who was convicted of murdering a family member in 1918. "I Can Hear Music" was co-written by Phil Spector, who was handed a life sentence for killing actress Lana Clarkson on February 3rd, 2003.

Looking for a follow-up to the 1958, #9 hit "Don't You Just Know It" by Huey 'Piano' Smith And The Clowns, Ace Records erased Smith's vocal track from a song he had recorded called "Sea Cruise" and replaced it with one by a young singer named Frankie Ford. The record rose to number 14 in America and sold over a million copies. Neither Smith or Ford ever had another U.S. Top 40 record.

In 1965, Ted Nugent heard of a Detroit group who had just broken up called "Amboy Dukes" and started using the name for his new band. "The Amboy Dukes" was actually the name of a novel about gang members and their lifestyle. In later interviews, Nugent said that although many people have given him a copy of the book, he has never actually read it.

Fortune doesn't always accompany fame. During the thirteen years The Lennon Sisters appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show, they were paid only union scale wages for each performance.

When The Beach Boys album "That's Why God Made the Radio" peaked at #3 in the Summer of 2012, it became the band's first Top Ten LP of original material in 49 years.

The lyrics of The Duprees 1962 hit, "You Belong To Me", tell us that we can See the Pyramids Along The Nile. The Great Pyramids of Giza are in fact about five miles (eight Km) from the modern location of the Nile River.

When James Brown was in a recording studio, he insisted that his band, The Famous Flames, wear their stage uniforms so that they looked professional at all times.

Although Beechnut Gum was one of Dick Clark's main sponsors, gum chewing on the set of American Bandstand was strictly forbidden.

In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first artist to achieve a number one record after they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame when "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" with George Michael topped the Hot 100.

Some proponents of the "Elvis Is Alive" theory maintain that when a document examiner analyzed the handwriting on Elvis Presley's death certificate, he found that it matches the handwriting of Elvis himself.

After Sam Phillips built a new recording studio in 1959, the original Sun Records building at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, became a warehouse for auto parts. In 1987, the original building was reopened as Sun Studio, a recording label and tourist attraction.

The Fifth Dimension were so popular in 1969, they had at least one song on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for all but four weeks of that year.

In the 1990s, Gerry Polci, the drummer for The Four Seasons who sang lead on "Oh, What A Night", was married to Frankie Valli's daughter Toni. They have since divorced.

In 1987, The Coasters became the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When Sam Philips' brother, Jud Philips, tried to get an audition for Jerry Lee Lewis on The Ed Sullivan Show in July, 1957, Sullivan told him, "Get out of here. I don't want any more of this Elvis junk."

The Swedish rock group ABBA is generally thought of as being made up of two married couples, but this was only true for a short time. Three months after Benny Anderson married his long time live-in girl friend, Anni-Frid Lyngstad in 1978, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog separated, and divorced soon after. Benny and Anni-Frid also divorced in 1981.

The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive Gold and Platinum LPs.

Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Presley, died on June 26th, 1979, exactly two years after Elvis gave his final performance.

The 1973 instrumental hit "Dueling Banjos" was adapted from a 1955 tune by Arthur Smith called "Feudin' Banjos". The song was used in the film Deliverance without permission and Smith was forced to sue Warner Brothers to get writing credit and collect his royalties.



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