The depictions of the mafia in The Sopranos were so accurate, that real members thought that they were being spied on. These conversations were overheard, when the FBI were indeed spying on them. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
When Tony Soprano says "Gabagool" he's really meaning "Capicola" but because of the Italian dialect from southern Italy mixing with Jersey/New York it turned into "Gabagool". esquire.com/food-drink/a2…
Castrato, also called Evirato, male soprano or contralto voice of great range, flexibility, and power, produced as a result of castration before puberty. The castrato voice was introduced in the 16th century, when women were banned from church choirs and the stage. britannica.com/art/castra…
Muhammad Ali visited the set of "The Sopranos" and met the actors before he died. theguardian.com/music/201…
The private railroad car was invented for a tour by Swedish soprano Jenny Lind in the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
James Gandolfini was cast in his role as the mobster in True Romance because Tom Sizemore didn't want to beat Patricia Arquette on screen. This was one of his first big parts before he went on to star in his iconic role as Tony Soprano. film.avclub.com/tom-sizem…
Mozart had an extreme dislike for the soprano Adriana Ferrarese del Bene. She had a strange tendency to bob her head to low and high notes, and knowing this, Mozart chose to fill her showpiece with constant harmonic leaps. He took great pleasure watching her bob her head "like a chicken". operaomaha.org/blog/did-y…
An artist was hired to create "The most unwanted song" which contains bagpipes, children singing about holidays, advertising jingles, accordions, and a soprano rap, it lasts 22 minutes. youtube.com/watch?v=wUOkz…
2 artists and a composer created a 22 minute song with elements that were polled as the β€œmost annoying” sounds, which included cowboy music, bagpipes and a rapping soprano youtu.be/wUOkz0a42k8
Today I learned about Demetrio Stratos, an Italian singer with unique vocal abilities: he could sing up to 4 tones at the same time as well as reach a frequency of 7,000 Hz (A woman soprano reaches 1,046 Hz on average) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Furio, from the Sopranos, is a real-life visual artist who found a mistake and purchased a misattributed painting for roughly $60,000 from an art gallery. Its actual value was 10 MM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
The Tarzan yell contains the voice of an opera singer, the growl of a dog, a soprano, a violin and the howl of a hyena. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
It ain't over till the fat lady sings is a phrase generally understood to be referencing the stereotypically overweight sopranos of the opera. The "fat lady" is the Valkyrie BrΓΌnnhilde, who is traditionally presented as a very buxom lady. Her farewell scene lasts almost twenty minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_…
During Season 4 of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini gave 16 co-stars $33,000 each, saying β€œThanks for sticking by me.” njmonthly.com/articles/je…
The North Hollywood Medical Center, where "Scrubs" was filmed, was also the site of filming for scenes from "Malcolm in the Middle," "Charmed," and "The Sopranos." It was demolished in mid-2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
That, during season 4 of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini gave 16 of his co-stars $33,000 each, saying β€˜β€˜Thanks for sticking by me.’’ hollywoodreporter.com/new…
- A castrato is a type of classical male singing voice equivalent to that of a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto. The voice is produced by castrating the singer before he reaches puberty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned about castrati, young males who were castrated before hitting puberty so their voices could reach the soprano, mezzo-soprano, and contralto ranges. Common in the Baroque period, the last known castrato died in 1922. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
"The Sopranos" was so accurate that on Monday morning when the FBI listened to their wiretaps the real mob would be discussing the show and thought they had somebody on the inside. They couldn't believe how accurate the show was. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The Sopranos was denied a permit to film in a New Jersey state park by a county commissioner who called the show a "disgrace to Italians" and was later removed under corruption charges en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
During an operatic performance, sopranos and rivals Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni broke out into a fist fight onstage. The women reportedly tore off each other's "coiffs" (hairdos) and hurled abusive Italian insults at one another before being escorted off britannica.com/biography/…
Sopranos actor Federico Castelluccio (Furio) unknowingly bid on a $10 million painting by Italian baroque artist Giovanni Francesco Barbieri. He 'paid somewhere in the range of $140,000, restoration and all' (Fixed, because I goofed). news.artnet.com/art-world…
Frank Vallelonga (AKA Tony Lip), best known for his portrayal of Carmine Lupertazzi in 'The Sopranos', is one of the main characters 'Green Book' is based on. Vallelonga drove pianist Dr. Don Shirley on his music tour through the deep south in the 60s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Lady Gaga got her start in an episode of HBO's 'The Sopranos' theweek.com/articles/4902…
The producers of "The Sopranos" originally wanted Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco to play Tony and Carmella, essentially reprising their roles in "Goodfellas". Liotta turned the role down, and Bracco requested to play Dr. Melfi instead. complex.com/pop-culture/2…
Livia Soprano was suppose to die when Tony tries to suffocate her in season 1. However, Nancy Marchand, who played Livia, was sick with cancer and said to the creator, "David, just keep me working." He graciously obliged. She died before her final scenes so they CGI'd her head on a body double. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The real Tony Lip from "The Green Book" had an impressive acting career with parts in both The Godfather and The Sopranos. historyvshollywood.com/re…
James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos" was the 10th-highest-paid American TV star on a network. He made 1 million per episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Tony Lip, real life basis for his namesake character in the new film, "Greenbook", acted in The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, and The Sopranos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
The Sopranos and Goodfellas shared 27 actors independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Actor Tony Sirico, best known for his role "Paulie Walnuts" in The Sopranos, was convicted of several crimes and had been arrested 28 times before turning to acting. It is alleged that he was an associate of Colombo crime family captain Jimmy "Green Eyes" Clemenza during the 1960s to mid 1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Two composers tried to create the world's most annoying song, featuring (in part) an operatic soprano rapping over cowboy music featuring bagpipes and tuba while children sing about holidays and advertise for Walmart. wired.com/listening_post/…
Actor Tony Lip, who played crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in The Sopranos, was hired as African-American classical pianist Don Shirley's bodyguard and chauffeur in the 1960s. Their story is the premise of the 2018 film Green Book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
James Gandolfini bought 450 watches β€” 40 of which made of gold β€” for the cast and crew of The Sopranos at the end of the serie. Total retail value: 2 million USD. gq.com/moty/2013/james-ga…
In 2010, the New York Knicks filmed a different ending to The Sopranos. In it, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco play Tony and Carmela Soprano, and attempt to convince agent Lebron James to sign with the Knicks. espn.com/new-york/nba/new…
Actor Tony Sirico (Paulie Gualtieri in Sopranos) was a real mobster before acting: And had 28 arrests, Including armed robbery. articles.latimes.com/1990…
Before she was Lady GaGa, Stefani Germanotta appeared in a season three episode of "The Sopranos" as one of AJ's classmates. youtube.com/watch?v=Qrain…
Lady Gaga at 15 years old played an extra in a 2001 Sopranos episode youtu.be/QrainCFg9BU
Tony Barrow, known for playing mobster Larry Barese in "The Sopranos", was arrested in 2011 for ordering the maiming of a man owing money to a loan shark. One of his partners in crime was a Gambino mob member. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
New York actor Steve Buscemi once called his mother to let her know he was going to die that night on the Soprano's npr.org/2015/05/09/405233…
In 1997 two composers attempted to create the worlds most annoying song, including an operatic soprano rapping over cowboy music, bagpipes, and Walmart ads sung by children. youtube.com/watch?v=-gPuH…
Castrato is a type of classical male singing voice equivalent to that of a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto. The voice is produced by castration of the singer before puberty, or it occurs in one who, due to an endocrinological condition, never reaches sexual maturity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
David Chase's original choice to play Tony Soprano was not James Gandolfini, but instead David Proval (who played Richie Aprile on the show). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Tony Soprano, from The Sopranos, is loosely based on a real life organized crime boss named Vincent Palermo who later became a government witness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
A castrato is a male that was castrated before puberty in order to achieve a uniquely high pitched voice, equivalent to that of a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto. io9.gizmodo.com/what-did-…
Today I learned of Michael Maniaci, an opera singer whose larynx never matured for unknown reason, and as a result he can reach soprano register without using falsetto like most countertenors. He has been compared to a modern day castrato. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
After the final episode of the Sopranos, the HBO website crashed with a peak of 364,000 page views per second figuring out what happened and posting today.msnbc.msn.com/id/19…
Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery, based in Brookdale Bloomfield, NJ, is one of the sites used in the final episode of HBO's The Sopranos. holstens.com/sopranos/
The ukulele comes in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. It also originates from an instrument named the Portuguese machete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uku…
James Gandolfini who played Tony Soprano in the TV show The Sopranos had a habit of not showing up for set. One time after having been gone for 3 days he wandered in to a beauty salon in Brooklyn and called the assistant producer to send a car to take him home. gq.com/story/sopranos-jam…
Tony Sirico, the actor with a criminal background that portrayed Paulie in The Sopranos, had a clause in his contract that the character would not be a "rat" vulture.com/2007/06/will_…
Today I learned of the Castrati, male operatic singers castrated before puberty which allowed them to develop singing voices similar to a soprano, due to the lack of testosterone giving them a larger lung capacity and child-like vocal cords. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Actor Sam McMurray is in both The Sopranos and Breaking bad and in both series he plays a highly recommended expensive surgeon who specialises in removing cancerous tumors. m.imdb.com/name/nm0573481…
Sopranos creator David Chase wrote an episode of The Wonder Years, but his storylineβ€”about hard drug useβ€”was deemed too much of a leap for the show. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Actor Steven Van Zandt - guitarist for the Bruce Springsteen E Street Band played Silvio Dante in the Sopranos along with his wife (Maureen Van Zandt) who portrayed Silvio's wife Gabriella Dante. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The son of the mastermind behind The Great Train Robbery was in the band that recorded the song chosen as the theme for The Sopranos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The actor who played Paulie Walnuts In Sopranos got arrested 28 times before he started acting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
David Chaseβ€”creator of The Sopranosβ€”said he "loathed and despised" television, only watching films and his own show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Tony Soprano's house is an actual house in North Caldwell, New Jersey and one of the houses on the exact same cul de sac was where Thomas Mosser was killed by the Unabomber in 1994. voices.washingtonpost.com…
Ivan Rebroff, a German singer, had a vocal range of 4.5 Octaves! Ranging from Soprano to Bass registers (F1-A5). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
The actress who played Tony's mom in The Sopranos appeared in the opening episode of Season 3 despite having died almost six months before. Using CGI techniques, a scene was (poorly) constructed using a body double. youtube.com/watch?v=GS0DQ…
Exotica singer Yma Sumac's voice spanned 5 octaves (from baritone to above soprano); and that the fact that her name backwards spells Amy Camus is just a coincidence. youtube.com/watch?v=yhUBJ…
Today I learned of St. Clair Bayfield, the husband of Florence Foster Jenkins a socialite and amateur soprano. He paid her audiences to feign that they were impressed and bribed papers to write positively about her. The biopic movie Florence Foster Jenkins is about their story en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
In the Baroque period, only men sung opera and boys were castrated so they could sing soprano when they grew up, they called them castratos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Actor Federico Castelluccio, who played Furio in "The Sopranos," paid about $140,000 for a painting that turned out to be a 17th-century masterpiece worth millions of dollars. He also made an oil painting of Tony and Carmela that he sold to an oil company executive for $175,000. sopranosautopsy.com/seaso…
Lady Gaga was in an episode of The Sopranos in 2001 nme.com/photos/the-many-f…
You can call certain celebrities for $20, including: Lou Ferrigno, Larry Holmes, Dawn Wells (Gilligans Island), Russell Johnson (Gilligans Island), Rick Searfoss (Astronaut), 2 Characters from Sopranos, Mitch Ryder and others. hollywoodiscalling.com
Tony Sirico (Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri) from The Sopranos was involved in the criminal life, being convicted of several crimes and arrested 28 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
An actor who plays one of the captains in The Sopranos admitted to being in the Mafia and was convicted of beating an extortion victim in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Famous Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, known for pieces such as Birdland, was also a proficient soprano and baritone saxophone player en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Paulie from The Sopranos is an ex-mobster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
HBO's The Night Of was originally greenlit in 2012 with James Gandolfini of The Sopranos set to executive produce & star but was postponed after his 2013 death. Robert De Niro was initially cast to replace him but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, so John Turturro was brought on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of a man who's voice has never broken letting him sing soprano without using a falsetto. His voice has been compared to the castrato voice of the past. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
An American director Tim Van Patten has directed episodes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Deadwood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The most watched TV episode ever was the series finale of M*A*S*H, which was viewed by over 125 million people. This is more than double the finales of the Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, and Monk combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Nick Reynolds, member of the band Alabama 3, famous for making the theme song to The Sopranos, is the son of Bruce Reynolds, mastermind of the Great Train Robbery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
The theme for the original Star Trek series sounded so other-worldly because the melody was a female soprano singing 'Ahh'. imdb.com/name/nm0635560
In the Sopranos episode where Christopher has an intervention, Christopher says to Tony "The way you eat, you'll have a heart attack by the time you're 50." Line is said around the 38 min mark. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
Three actors played a total of six different 'semi-major' characters on the HBO series "The Sopranos". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Lillo Brancato, who played various mob characters including a wanna-be gangster in the Sopranos; spent 8 years in prison after a botched burglary that led to the death of a police officer. youtube.com/watch?v=0P5_8…
Furio from 'The Sopranos,' is an internationally renowned painter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
There is a duet for two sopranos written in 1825 called "Humorous Duet for Two Cats" in which every lyric is "meow." It has been recorded many times and is still performed today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Due…
27 cast members of Goodfellas also appeared in the Sopranos HBO series m.imdb.com/title/tt014184…
Tony Sirico (Goodfellas, Sopranos) had more arrests on his record than acting credits when Goodfellas came out. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Lady Gaga has a cameo in the Sopranos. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, and Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men/sopranos) all went to college together. wesleyanargus.com/2010/09…
Lady Gaga appeared on The Sopranos when she was 15 youtube.com/watch?v=0yOUv…
When roles were being cast on The Sopranos, Tony Sirico almost played Uncle Junior and not Paulie Walnuts. He was one of three actors up for the role before losing it to Dominic Chianese. imdb.com/name/nm0802831/b…
Lady Gaga was on the Sopranos at age 15 youtube.com/watch?v=I7Q9U…
Minnie Riperton, famed soprano most known for recording "Lovin' You", is the mother of SNL alum Maya Rudolph. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
Today I learned of the Castrato male singing voice, equivalent to that of a soprano, it was produced by castration of the singer before puberty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The Sopranos is loosely based on the Decavalcante mob in New Jersey. Some of the plot ideas were actual events. thedailybeast.com/article…
Soprano Nellie Melba was known for being ruthless & cold. During a performance with tenor Enrico Caruso, he took her hand under a table, singing 'What a cold little hand, let me warm it up', he put a hot sausage in her hand. Startled, she jerked away, flinging his sausage across the stage. bassocantante.com/opera/g…
The New Jersey based DeCavalcante crime family were secretly taped discussing their reactions to The Sopranos, one of which was apparently a huge fan of the show crimelibrary.com/gangster…
Dominic Chianese (Uncle Jr. from The Sopranos) is an accomplished tenor/musician allmusic.com/artist/domin…

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