Today I learned about Sixto Rodriguez, an American musician who gave up recording in 1976 after his debut albums did poorly in the US. 20 years later, his daughter found out that he'd become famous in South Africa, where he was compared to Bob Dylan, with some of his songs even known as anti-apartheid anthems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In the UK it's musician union rules that for every actor or model playing an instrument in a music video, the production still has to pay an actual musician. In the iconic "Addicted to Love" video not only they paid the 5 'fembot' models but also 5 musicians behind camera miming the models. uk.news.yahoo.com/video/r…
The first ever Super Bowl halftime show didn't feature award winning musicians, but rather two men flying around with jet packs. The spectacle was witnessed by 60,000 in attendance and 50 million watching at home. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian ranch cult in Waco was a songwriter and musician that attempted to make it big in Hollywood. (Fact #5 on list in link) history.com/news/waco-sie…
Liv Tyler was the product of an affair between her mom, BeBe Buell, and Steven Tyler, during a time when Buell had a live-in relationship with another musician, Todd Rundgren. Liv was born Liv Rundgren and didn't find out until she was 10 years old that Tyler was her real father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
The rock band Queen were fined by the British Musicians' Union and added to the United Nations cultural blacklist because they played in South Africa during the height of apartheid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
While the average American musician made $35k in 2017, only $21,300 of that was generated from music-related ventures, and 61% of surveyed musicians said that "music-related income is not sufficient to meet their living expenses.". loudwire.com/how-much-mon…
Source amnesia is the inability to remember where, when or how previously learned information has been acquired, while retaining the factual knowledge. Source amnesia has caused issues in court when people used outside information in their own testimony and musicians accidentally plagiarized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Stewart Copeland, drummer of the English rock band The Police, is actually the only American musician in the band. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and his dad was a prominent CIA officer. stewartcopeland.net/701/o…
An orchestra consisting of amateurs or musicians playing instruments they were unfamiliar with sold out the Albert Hall. Members included Brian Eno. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013…
There was no sound in films until the late 1920's. Before that, pianist or organists used to play along with the moving pictures live. At times this music was provided by the filmmakers and other times, musicians would improvise. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Two of the founding members of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, were session musicians on the soundtrack of the 1964 James Bond movie "Goldfinger" rollingstone.com/music/mu…
40 military musicians have been awarded the Medal of Honor agcra.com/ag-corps-soldie…
Jimmy Dean, country singer, TV host, and entrepreneur introduced The Muppet's to mainstream audiences. He turned down a large stake of Jim Henson's company stating he hadn't "earned it". He also believed he was a terrible actor and musician, and went on to create The Jimmy Dean Meat Co. biography.com/personality…
Brian Eno has described himself as a "non-musician". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Scottish Musician Les Harvey of the band Stone the Crows was electrocuted in front of a live audience in 1972 when he touched an un-grounded microphone cable and his guitar at the same time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
The youngest son of Benito Mussolini (Italian Dictator) is a Jazz Musician en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Before Bob Dylan's win in 2016, Rabindranath Tagore was the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He was a wildly talented Indian poet, painter, and musician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice. npr.org/2010/03/29/125170…
About "The Wrecking Crew" a rotating ensemble of about 20-30 studio musicians with a core of about 6 key members that played on and contributed original material to many recording sessions in the 1960s and is responsible for the "California sound" in pop music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about musician Gaelynn Lea ,winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert competition, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs. youtu.be/n6oSeODGmoQ
A musician, Sivu, who did his entire music video in an MRI machine. youtube.com/watch?v=_964d…
Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Rock reached out to help Chuck Schuldiner in his time of medical need. Chuck was lead vocalist of the band Death and often cited as a prominent musician in the creation of death metal. loudsoundepicenter.com/?p…
Romano Mussolini, Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini's son, became a famous jazz pianist after learning music from playing with his father. He is one of the most famous Italian jazz musicians in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
When Eric Clapton and George Harrison were working on an untitled song, Harrison noted down the word "bridge" on the music sheet. Clapton misread the word as "badge", and the musicians decided to title the song "Badge". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
Today I learned of Rodriguez; a US-based '70s musician, who became a construction worker after commercial failure in the US. However, unbeknown to him, he achieved cult-like status in South Africa, where both his albums went platinum. His daughter found out after discovering a website dedicated to him, in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
The "Medusa" guitar by Canadian luthier Linda Manzer, is a custom-made instrument with multiple necks - fretless, baritone, scalloped fingerboard and harp - and an astonishing 52-strings. The instrument was designed specifically for Danish musician Henrik Andersen. youtube.com/watch?v=KbEJj…
The first Westerner to compete in a professional Tuvan/Mongolian throat singing competition was a blind blues musician who discovered the style through a Russian radio broadcast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Hugh Laurie, along with being an actor, is also a musician and plays piano very well youtube.com/user/HughLaur…
In 1966 a relatively unknown young American musician asked to get on stage with Cream and THE guitar God Eric Clapton. He played the song Killing Floor, which Clapton had always said was too difficult to play live. That man was Jimi Hendrix and that became known as "The day Hendrix killed God." societyofrock.com/jimi-he…
David McCallum (best known today as "Ducky" on NCIS) is also an accomplished musician, and his song "The Edge" was heavily sampled by Dr. Dre for Dre & Snoop Dogg's song "The Next Episode". youtube.com/watch?v=6pG_3…
Only 5% of average musicians' income comes from music sales, and only 12% of overall music industry income goes to the performers bizjournals.com/boston/ne…
Former Canadian musician Antoine Sicotte (Sky) has been working as a chef since 2009 as The Rebel Chef, having hosted his own cooking show and authored several cookbooks. youtu.be/f9Na3ew08eA
The 1970 album "DΓ©jΓ  Vu" by David Crosby of The Byrds, Graham Nash of The Hollies, and Stephen Stills and Neil Young of Buffalo Springfield (aka Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) is the best selling album of each of the four musicians' careers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C…
Musician Ed Sheeran cured his childhood stammer by rapping to Eminem. He went on to win an award from the American Stuttering Institute. noise11.com/news/ed-sheer…
Bassist Carol Kaye recorded over 10,000 sessions in her 50 year span as a musician, including recording for artists Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Phil Spector, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Andy Williams, The Lettermen, Tina Turner, Herb Alpert, The Supremes, and The Monkees. berklee.edu/news/4554/ber…
All-night studio sessions play a big role in speeding up the declination of a musician's career indirectly, as they turn artists into insomniacs ,thus, enhancing depression, altering their livelihoods, negatively affecting their creativity and decision making process lorrdds.com/how-sleep-dep…
Today I learned of Django Reinhardt, a Jazz Gutiarist of the 1930's. He has been called one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century, and he's among the first to play Jazz that featured guitar as the lead instrument. Doing it all while only having 3 fingers on his left hand due to a fire in 1928. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dja…
During the Cold War, many popular Jazz musicians from the United States visited and played in numerous countries in an effort to enhance the reputation of the U.S.A. meridian.org/jazzambassad…
, Max Yasgur who hosted the '69 Woodstock concert, received only $10K, shunned by his neighbors, gave free water and milk to guests and was hailed. He died 4 years later and received a full page obituary in Rolling Stone as a non musician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Moby, the musician, was named in honor of his great-great-great uncle, Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick. courant.com/news/connecti…
Children's musician Raffi and The New Pornographers once got into a twitter tiff about whether the band's name was in poor taste and ended with Raffi apologizing pitchfork.com/news/71162-…
In order to legally busk in the Paris Metro, musicians have to successfully audition before a jury and qualify for one of the 250 to 300 licences handed out. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Today I learned about Sonny Boy Williamson, a Blues music Pioneer whose Career was Stolen after his Death by another musician who Took the same Name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
Today I learned about William Onyeabor, a Nigerian funk musician and businessman. He ran a flour mill, put out 8 self-published albums from β€˜77 to β€˜85, then became born again Christian and never spoke of his music again. He died in 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
After his death, musician Gram Parson's friends stole his body and tried to cremate it in Joshua Tree National Park. They were only fined $750 for stealing the coffin because stealing a corpse was not a crime. They left his charred remains behind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Cambodian rock of the 1960s and 1970s was a thriving and prolific music scene, but was abruptly crushed by the Khmer Rouge communists in 1975, and many of its musicians disappeared or were executed during the ensuing Cambodian genocide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Medieval communities locked bad musicians into a torture device. youtube.com/watch?v=1GXEe…
Today I learned about the Doppler effect. If a musician plays the same note while moving toward or away from a stationary listener, the note heard by the listener will change. This is because the sound wave crests are emitted from a different position, thus causing a change in their frequency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dop…
Otis Redding was just 26 when he died in a plane crash. He recorded "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" days before the crash and, despite his young age, is considered one of the most influential musicians in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oti…
For his song, β€œAin’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but followed advice of other musicians to leave it, β€œI was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27…
One of the musicians for the Clash's infamous Cut the Crap album, Greg White, took on the pseudonym Vince. This was because bassist Paul Simonon refused to play in a band with someone named Greg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut…
Legendary musician Prince passed away leaving no will detailing how to distribute his multi-million dollar estate. Within 3 weeks of his death, more than 700 people claimed to be his half-sibling or descendant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
There's a Sequel to Devil Went Down to Georgia with the Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels and a lot of other Musicians youtube.com/watch?v=L0XUT…
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was offered the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario by then incoming prime minister Jean Chretien who was a fan of the musician's work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Folk musician Donovan taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed in "Dear Prudence", "Julia", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and other songs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The β€˜Three Little Pigs’ in the Green JellΓΏ 1993 hit song were voiced by musicians Les Claypool of Primus, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and actor/comedian Pauly Shore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti released an album titled "Zombie" in 1976 that criticized the Nigerian government. As result, they murdered his mother and destroyed his commune. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
Cockney rockers Chas & Dave played the main riff on Eminem's "My Name Is". This was sampled from Labi Siffre's "I Got The..." on which they are featured as session musicians. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/w…
Italian musician Alessandro Alessandroni sang the original version of Mah Na Mah Na, and was also the whistler on the themes of A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, working on many soundtracks by Ennio Morricone thanks to their friendship since childhood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned about The Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles studio musicians that played on hundreds of now-classic records in the 1960s and '70s. Sometimes, the only members of famous bands to appear on their own records were the vocalists; the Wrecking Crew played the music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Musician Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash at age of 17. He recorded his hit "La Bamba" when he was 16. biography.com/musician/ri…
Two musicians fatefully avoided flying on "The Day the Music Died" plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson. Waylon Jennings - generously gave his seat to Richardson, who had flu, and Tommy Allsup - lost his seat to Valens on a coin toss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Musicians tend to die at a rate two to three times greater than the rest of the population, with drug-related incidents and travel-related deaths representing sixty percent of all musician fatalities. menshealth.com/trending-n…
Rory McCann ('The Hound', Game of Thrones) was incredibly anti-social until he learned that fellow actors in the show's group, the 'Brotherhood Without Banners' (Thoros, Lord Beric) were musicians, and formed a band called 'Brotherhood Without Banjos' with them. smh.com.au/entertainment/…
Today I learned of David Garrett, a musician who, after finally making the last payment on a $1.2 million Guadagnini violin, slipped down a stairwell and accidentally crushed his treasured instrument. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Jizz is a popular form of music in Star Wars and the musicians who play it are referred to as jizz-wailers. starwars.fandom.com/wiki/…
, Lil Hardin Armstrong, who popularized the Susie Q nickname through her 1936 song Doin' the Suzie-Q, was married to musician Louis Armstrong once before, and she also died while doing a tribute to Louis Armstrong's death in 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
When Pete Townshend of The Who wrote "Mirror Door", a song about dead musicians, he mentioned Doris Day among them. However, he later learned that Day was still alive at the time. theguardian.com/music/200…
Today I learned about Clive Wearing, a former conductor and musician who suffers from chronic anterograde and retrograde due to a virus fever in 1985. He lacks the ability to form new memories and cannot recall past memories. He lives life believing that he has only recently awoken from a comatose state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Jared Threatin Eames constructed a European metal tour duping venue owners and musicians playing to empty rooms. rollingstone.com/culture/…
The musician Flying Lotus is closely related to John Coltrane npr.org/templates/story/s…
I learned of Michael O'Shea; an Irish musician who invented a 17 stringed instrument called the Mo Cara (Gaelic for "My Friend"), made out of a door from a German house. youtube.com/watch?v=-ka7I…
Bob Newhart had never done standup comedy before a live audience when he recorded his first album. It became the first comedy album to reach #1 on the Billboard chart, and the first to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. He’s also the only non-musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice. npr.org/2010/03/29/125170…
Musician Jack White owns a baseball bat company, with Angels infielder Ian Kinsler latimes.com/sports/mlb/la…
There is a species of dinosaurs - Masiakasaurus Knopfleri that is named after the musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The members of the 1980s pop/rock band Toto are some of the most prolific session musicians in history. Their work includes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. Collectively, the members have been recorded on over 5,000 albums, selling over 500,000,000 units. wnypapers.com/news/articl…
Today I learned about Jazz Funerals, a New Orleans tradition in which a person is β€œburied with music” by a brass band and other musicians in a procession to their grave. β€œSecond Liners”- people who dance to the music in all styles, accompany the music players to bury the person with respect. 64parishes.org/entry/jazz…
Daryl Davis was a black musician, who had been troubled by racism ever since he was young. Incidentally, when he grew up, he had the opportunity to meet and befriend the national leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Who eventually left the Klan after years of friendship with Davis. youtube.com/watch?v=ORp3q…
Michael Jackson could not read sheet music. Instead, he composed all of his songs in his head, beat boxed into a tape recorder and brought that into the studio for musicians to play. youtu.be/lqMvIqfrSRU
In 1976, the 14-year-old Larry Mullen posted a note on the notice board of his school in search of musicians for a new band. Paul Hewson, David Evans and Adam Clayton responded and set up to practice in his kitchen. The band went on to be known as U2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2#…
British musician Aphex Twin embedded a demon-like image of himself in his song "Ξ”Miβˆ’1 = βˆ’Ξ±Ξ£n=1NDi[n][Ξ£j∈C[i]Fji[n βˆ’ 1] +Fexti[nβˆ’1]]," (commonly known as 'Equation') which can be seen when viewed through a logarithmic spectrogram. vice.com/en_us/article/nz…
William Shatner is a musician, having recorded covers of 'rocketman', 'bohemian rhapsody' and 'common people', among other songs pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
, Andrew Gold, musician/producer, wrote famous tunes such as "Thank You For Being a Friend"(The Golden Girls) and Spooky Scary Skeletons. discogs.com/artist/300794…
Before he was a famous musician Johnny Cash was a military code breaker for the US Air Force. He worked as a as a Morse Intercept Operator in Germany, handling the hardest jobs, intercepting Russian intelligence & deciphering code transmissions. He copied the 1st news of Stalin’s death. themalestrom.com/before-t…
Stagehands mistakenly installed a malfunctioning piano for an hour-long solo Jazz performance. The musician, Keith Jarrett, had to improvise around the instrument's limitations. A recording of this concert went on to become the best selling piano album of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2017 an expert in child development and a music psychologist researched what noises and music would delight and hold the attention of babies. They then teamed up with a Grammy award winning musician to produce a song based on that research. It is called "The Happy Song". theconversation.com/we-cr…
Chinese companies "rent foreigners." They hire them to play the role of musicians, athletes, architects, lawyers and many other professionals for their PR department. For decades, products made in China but associated with foreign elements have been seen as superior by Chinese customers. scmp.com/news/china/socie…
That, in an interview with NME, musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead claimed to have written the song "Subterranean Homesick Alien" in three minutes. citizeninsane.eu/media/uk…
Today I learned of Rosemary Brown, spiritualist who caused a sensation in the 1970s when she claimed to take dictation of new compositions from the spirits of Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and others. Experts denounced the pieces as pastiches, but her works have been performed by well known musicians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In 1993, singer/songwriter Victoria Williams was diagnosed with MS and couldn't afford treatment. Some of the biggest names in music produced a tribute album as a fundraiser. It was so successful, the fund continues to support other struggling musicians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
Steven Tyler's father, a WWII veteran, was himself an accomplished musician. He studied music at Columbia University and the Julliard Conservatory, and earned a living teaching music and performing at weddings, parties and country clubs ultimateclassicrock.com/a…
After the death of jazz musician John Coltrane in 1967, a congregation from San Francisco started worshipping him as god incarnate. The congregation later became affiliated with the African Orthodox Church, who canonized John as a saint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Musician and peace advocate John Lennon often beat his girlfriends and wives, almost killed a man for calling him gay, was emotionally abusive towards his son, and mocked disabled people mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrit…
Chipping a stone ax like early humans did 1.8 million years ago activates the same brain circuits used by modern human musicians smithsonianmag.com/scienc…

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