Steven Van Zandt, guitarist with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, originally auditioned for the lead role of Tony in The Sopranos. HBO didn't think he would work as a lead since he never acted before, so creator David Chase wrote him Sylvio Dante, a character that Steven had created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In the New York Knick’s pitch to LeBron James to sign with them in 2010, they filmed a secret epilogue of The Sopranos with James Gandolfini and Edie Falco reprising their roles espn.com/new-york/nba/new…
A permit was denied for the production crew of "The Sopranos" to film the episode "Pine Barrens" at South Mountain Reservation by Essex County, New Jersey Executive James Treffinger, due to the show depicting Italians as corrupt, Treffinger was later convicted and imprisoned for corruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
During the heyday of The Sopranos FBI wiretaps of the real mafia revealed that the show was so realistic the real mobsters thought there was a connected guy feeding story lines for the show mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Tokutaro Yanagisawa's repair shop founded in 1894 was the first to build woodwind instruments in Japan. After its first saxophone was built in 1951, the Yanagisawa soprano saxophone designs became influential throughout rest of the industry, comparable to Selmer (Paris) and Yamaha en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
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…
The Sopranos and Goodfellas shared 27 different actors independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Federico Castelluccio (Furio on the Sopranos) purchased an incorrectly identified painting for 49,000€ which was later correctly identified and valued at over 10,000,000$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
The 'Pine Barrens' episode of The Sopranos was based on a dream director Timothy Van Patten had where Paulie and Christopher were lost in the woods. This stemmed from Tim's childhood when his father would tell him about a creature that lived in the Barrens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Frank "Tony the Lip" Vallelonga, the real driver Viggo Mortensen portrayed in Green Book, appeared as an actor in Goodfellas, Godfather and The Sopranos moviemaker.com/real-drive…
People used to castrate pre-pubescent boys before the 19th century to halt growth in their larynx to make them sound better and to rival Sopranos, Contraltos, etc. Doing this also increased their breathing capacity. This stopped in the late 19th centuries. They were called Castratos. caslabs.case.edu/medren/b…
Castrati (boy sopranos who had their testicles removed) never stopped growing, and would consequently be much taller than the general population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Visual Artist and Actor who played 'Furio Giunta' in 'The Sopranos' Federico Castelluccio discovered a 16th Century Painting at an auction house that had been misidentified and subsequently mispriced at $49, 000. It was bought by the actor and is actually worth $10m. west46thmag.com/blog/sopr…
The first time Led Zeppelin allowed one of their songs to be used in a television series was The Sopranos season three 'Fortunate Son', which aired in 2001. latimes.com/entertainment…
The Satin Dolls, the strip club that was used as the Bada Bing strip club on "The Sopranos", was shut down in 2014 due to its owner's connections to the Mafia northjersey.com/story/new…
HBO was worried the audience would think "The Sopranos" was about opera music. They tried to change the title to "Made in New Jersey" before compromising on a smoking gun in the title logo. screenrant.com/sopranos-b…
Peter Bogdanovich, who plays Elliot Kupferberg on The Sopranos was offered the role of directing The Godfather, but he declined the offer because he was not "interested in the mafia". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
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…
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…
Steve Schirippa who played Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos had to wear a fat suit for the first two seasons because he was not that fat at the time but the script included a lot of fat jokes about his character. uk.news.yahoo.com/news/sc…
'Hamilton' star Lin Manuel Miranda had a small cameo in a 2007 episode of 'The Sopranos' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem…
Frank β€œTony Lip” Vallelonga was the man who portrayed Carmine Lupertazzi Sr. in the HBO Series β€œThe Sopranos.” He also acted as a driver and bodyguard for Dr. Don Shirley in the 1960s, which the basis for the 2018 Best Picture Winning Movie β€œGreen Book.” He was portrayed by Viggo Mortensen. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_L…
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…
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…
Muhammad Ali visited the set of "The Sopranos" and met the actors before he died. theguardian.com/music/201…
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…
The private railroad car was invented for a tour by Swedish soprano Jenny Lind in the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
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
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 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 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…
"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/…
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_…
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…
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 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…
- 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…
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…
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/…
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/…
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…
Lady Gaga got her start in an episode of HBO's 'The Sopranos' theweek.com/articles/4902…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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