After Chuck Berry accused Brian Wilson of stealing the melody of "Sweet Little Sixteen" for "Surfin' USA", the Beach Boys' manager gave Berry the copyright to the tune. He didn't tell the members of the band, however, who learned 25 years later that they weren't getting royalties from the song. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Paul McCartney wrote the melody to the song "Yesterday" before the lyrics. He used placeholder lyrics for the song, titled "Scrambled Eggs" instead: "Scrambled eggs/Oh my baby how I love your legs/Not as much as I love scrambled eggs". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
A group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, referred to as the Censored Eleven, were (by today's terminology) canceled way back in 1968 due to offensive stereotypes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The melody to the song, β€œYesterday”, came to Paul McCartney in a dream calmmoment.com/wellbeing/…
Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country" is actually a cover/reworking of the 1928 song "Bull Doze Blues" by musician Henry Thomas; even the signature flute/quill melody is there in the original version en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi…
Between 1900 and 1930s, there was an explosion of interest in the saxophone, especially the C Melody, which made playing saxophone in the home easier for many people. By 1920, the saxophone became what the electric guitar was to the 1950s and 1960s - everybody β€œcool” had to have one schooloftherock.com/html/…
There is no difference whatsoever between a Looney Tunes and a Merrie Melodies cartoon. They are exactly the same thing, and which one a cartoon was assigned to was completely arbitrary. newsfromme.com/iaq/iaq12/
The alphabet song, baabaa black sheep, twinkle twinkle little star, "Ist das nicht ein Schnitzelbank", and "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman" all use the same melody. It is first recorded/dated to 1761. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
From the 1910s to the early 1930s, the C melody saxophone was marketed as a saxophone that you could use to read over a piano player’s shoulders without needing to transpose. But it was a failed effort to reinvent the saxophone to make it easier to play musikalessons.com/blog/20…
Today I learned of the Pig Organ, an musical instrument that produces sound from pigs by poking them. Created as a response to a challenge by King Louis XI. Pigs were sorted according to size and tone which when spiked would produce a harmony or melody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Today I learned of the Censored Eleven, a group of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons that in 1968 were deemed too offensive for public consumption. They have not been broadcast on TV since then, and aside from one screening in 2010 at a film festival, they have never received any official release by WB. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The folk song My Country Tis of Thee uses the same melody as the British National Anthem, God Save the Queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Pink Floyd's The Wall is implied to be an endless loop. The final song, Outside the Wall, ends with the words "Isn't this where...", and the album begins with the words "... we came in?" with a continuation of the melody of the last song, hinting at the cyclical nature of Water's theme. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa…
Mozart wrote 12 variations on the melody used in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, the ABCs, and Baa Baa Black Sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
In 1942 the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
The Star Spangled Banner is a rendition of a musical called β€œAnacreon In Heaven” that was written in 1778 by a British man named John Stafford Smith about a Greek poet, Anacreon, known for his writings of praise and love of wine. The melody became the U.S. national anthem 153 years later. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
The Seikilos Epitaph is the world's oldest surviving complete melody written on a marble stele. It was discovered near present day Aydin, Turkey, and is from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
The β€œStar Spangled Banner,” the United States’ National Anthem, uses the exact melody of an old English drinking song called β€œTo Anacreon in Heaven” which was popular among Americans in 1812 sporcle.com/blog/2018/08/…
Prince wrote - and recorded - the synthesizer part for the Stevie Nicks song Stand Back. She called him the night she came up with the melody, and he came right over, "walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about 25 minutes, and then left." inherownwords.com/standba…
β€œWhite Christmas”, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, β€œWinter Wonderland”, β€œThe Christmas Song” and β€œI’ll Be Home for Christmas” plus the melody for β€œO Holy Night” were all written or co-written by Jews. newsweek.com/best-christm…
Madonna was very keen to record the vocals for the song Teardrop by Massive Attack, but Robert Del Naja and Grantley Marshall chose Elizabeth Fraser feeling her ethereal style suited the mournful melody and feel of the piece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Today I learned of Musical Ear Syndrome, a for of tinnitus that causes one to hear music with no external source. The music can be a single instrument playing a simple melody or a complex arrangement of instruments, including vocals. hearingdr.com/musical-ear…
Mongolian custom called Β΄coaxing ritual for camelsΒ΄, when a female camel is rejecting her new-born calf, or to adopt an orphaned calf. The rite consists of playing music, the melody gradually induce deep feelings and so touches the female camel making her less aggressive and even cry. ich.unesco.org/en/USL/coa…
The anthems of the UK and Lichtenstein have the same melody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obe…
The signature melody of Coldplay's maybe most famous song was taken from Kraftwerk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
The melody in "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", the "Alphabet Song", and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" was not composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 5 years old; it was already a popular French folk tune which existed for decades before Mozart composed a series of variations on the tune. liveabout.com/mozart-orig…
The song 'Unchained Melody' is the theme song to a little known prison movie called 'Unchained', hence the title. The film flopped although it was nominated one academy award β€” for best original song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
In the 1930's a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to mimic certain phrases of the man's music. The bird has shared the music with other lyrebirds and the same melodies are still sung by these birds today. awesomestories.com/asset/…
The creepy 4 note melody from Frozen 2's "Into the Unknown" is actually from a 13th century Gregorian funeral chant called Dies Irae, and has been used in many movies from The Nightmare Before Christmas to The Shining to End of Days youtu.be/ZV60qfHhKI0
Rachmaninoff created a piece based on an inversion of the melody of a Paganini's theme, by flipping the melody "upside-down", reversing its contour, so (almost) all the rising parts become falling parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rha…
: The Little Mermaid, Ariel appears as an adult in Return to the Sea and gives birth to a daughter named Melody, becoming the first, and currently, only, Disney princess to become a mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
Playing Taps at military funerals started with a Union soldier’s funeral held too close to the enemy to risk a traditional gun salute giving away their position. They played Taps to give a quieter salute. It was also named Taps because the bugle melody was often followed by three drum taps. history.com/.amp/news/how…
In August 5, 2013, on the anniversary of its arrival on Mars, the Curiosity rover sung β€œHappy Birthday” to itself using its tools to create the melody youtu.be/DGkUbvPsgNY
Even though the melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was created in 1893, and none of the early printed appearances of the melody and lyrics stated a copyright notice, Warner/Chappell Music managed to keep the song out of the public domain until a court ruling in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
The melody used to symbolize the EU comes from the Ninth Symphony composed in 1823 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, when he set music to the "Ode to Joy" herald-news.com/1311/euro…
The melody to the medieval English folk song "Nottamun Town" was considered lost to history until musicologists found isolated, illiterate, populations in Appalachia singing the song with a common melody and lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
Amusia is the inability to hear music. Symptoms can include the inability to recognize familiar melodies, the loss of ability to read musical notation, and the inability to detect wrong or out-of tune notes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
Today I learned about "Word Painting" - a writing technique in music where the music reflects the lyrics, for example: the music pausing when the lyrics use the word "stop", or the notes in the melody going higher when the lyrics use the word "higher". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Michael Jackson liked the song β€œBehind the Mask” by Japanese electronic group, the Yellow Magic Orchestra, so much that he wanted to include it in Thriller. He added lyrics, melodies to make it a song about a girlfriend would often hide her emotions behind a "mask" dangerousminds.net/commen…
Auld Lang Syne served as the national anthem of the Korean exile government and from 1945 to 1948, it was the melody of South Korea's national anthem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aul…
The collective nouns we use for animals (gaggle of geese, herd of deer etc.) mostly come from the Book of St Alban's published in 1486. It also included terms for professions such as a melody of harpists, a sentence of judges and a superfluity of nuns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Melody Roads (invented in Japan) are highways that play songs. Grooves on the road surface cause a vibration and audible rumbling to be transmitted through the wheels and into the car in the form of a musical tune. goinjapanesque.com/04661/
Trent Reznor felt his song "A Warm Place" was too good to be his own work. After the song had been released, he was horrified to discover that he had indeed copied the melody from a piece by David Bowie called "Crystal Japan", written for a Japanese gin advert. Bowie found this hilarious. youtu.be/jONvR5zMy1w?t=2m…
The Verve received permission from Decca to use a few notes of a string melody from a Rolling Stones orchestral album in exchange for half of The Verve's royalties on "Bitter Sweet Symphony." But the Stones' manager sued The Verve for plagiarism, saying Verve's use was not just a small sample. npr.org/2019/05/23/726227…
, that Joe Cocker's song titled 'With A Little Help from My Friends' was actually a cover of The Beatles' song, but this version used a radically different melody to go with it's near-identical lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
The melody for the "Edge of Night" song in the RotK was also composed by Billy Boyd who played Pippin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_W…
Censored Eleven is a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons originally produced and released by Warner Bros. that were withheld from syndication because the use of ethnic stereotypes in the cartoons, specifically black stereotypes, was deemed too offensive for contemporary audiences. forcesofgeek.com/2015/04/…
The melody of "Love Me Tender" is taken straight from a civil war ballad feelguide.com/2013/12/06/…
The American patriotic song β€œAmerica (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)” has the same melody as β€œGod Save the Queen” from the United Kingdom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The theme song from the famous childrens TV show 'Arthur' was sung by a band called 'Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers', which included 4 children of the famous Reggae artist Bob Marley. arthur.fandom.com/wiki/Be…

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