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At the studio some of the most interesting conversations come up.

The reason being,  some of the people that work here,

are ah… um…. shall we say…   “music geeks”!

In any event, the buzz is usually around some of the music trivia

Also at the bottom are some cool thoughts

 So… here we go:

Elvis Presley once entered an Elvis look-a-like contest in a US burger bar and only came 3rd!!

The Gregorian chant was named after Pope St. Gregory I.

Hendrix claimed ‘Purple Haze’ was inspired by a dream where he was walking under the sea. In the dream, he said a purple haze surrounded him, engulfed him and got him lost. It was a traumatic experience, but in his dream his faith in Jesus saved him. At one point, Hendrix wrote the chorus as “Purple Haze, Jesus Saves,” but decided against it.

Only one person walked with Mozart’s coffin from the church to the cemetery where Mozart was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave

The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

The Everly Brothers world hit “Bye Bye Love,” was rejected by 30 labels before Cadence Records picked it up.

Led Zeppelin played Staiway To Heaven for the first time in Belfast on March 5, 1971. John Paul Jones said the audience was not impressed. They wanted to hear something they liked – like “Whole Lotta Love.”

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s last words were: “I shall hear in heaven!”. Beethoven was deaf for the last few years of his life.

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse all died at age 27.

Tchaikovsky suffered from many mental breakdowns and neuroses. He believed that his head would fall off, so when conducting an orchestra he would hold his chin with his left hand.

Originally, the first line to Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” was “I’m sitting by a pool in Beverly Hills dreaming of a White Christmas.” A friend suggested to him that he drop the reference to Beverly Hills, and the song went on to become the most commercially successful song ever.

A piano covers the full spectrum of all orchestra instruments, from below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of the piccolo.

Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker covered all bases by selling both “I Love Elvis” buttons as well as “I Hate Elvis” buttons.

The only guy without a beard in ZZTOP surname (last name) is Beard.

At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his old English sheepdog “Martha”.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen which contains the famous “mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go” line, was knocked off the No.1 position on the UK chart by Abba’s ‘Mamma Mia’ (January 1976).

According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head.

Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.

When John Lennon divorced Julian Lennon’s mother Cynthia, Paul McCartney composed the song “Hey Jude,” to cheer Julian up.

Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, and composed none.

Beethoven composed over 650 songs.

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

The famous long guitar intro to Led Zep’s “Stairway To Heaven” is taken from the track “Taurus”, which was composed and played by guitarist, the late Randy California when he was only 16 in 1967. The instrumental was dedicated to his Taurian girlfriend and recorded a year later by his band “Spirit”. Led Zepplin heard it while on tour with Spirit in USA. (Randy Wolfe, was named “California” by his great friend of Jimi Hendrix, who tried to bring him to the UK, but Randy was too young at the time). *

Dick Rowe an A&R man at Decca Records said: “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”

“Guitar Groups are out of fashion, Mr Epstein”. Thus he rejected the group looking to get signed.

They ended up signing with Parlophone, part of the EMI group, before eventually starting their own Apple Label.

The group:  The Beatles,  in 1962     Oooops!

 

In the mid-1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became the first African-American to perform at the legendary Mocambo, on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, after Marilyn Monroe had lobbied the owner for the booking. The incident was turned into a play by Bonnie Greer in 2005.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (now, who figured this one out?)

Composer, Tchaikovsky was financed by a wealthy widow for 13 years, and at her request, they never met.

Guitar probably comes from the word kithara, which was the principal stringed instrument of the ancient Greeks and later of the Romans. The kithara was played with a plectrum, it was a larger and stronger form of the lyre.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

At one point in the 60s the Beatles were paying in excess of 100% tax; effectively they were paying to work!

Rock band Van Halen had a provision in their contract demanding M&Ms backstage with the brown ones removed. This was a way of seeing if the promoters read the contract. If they saw brown M&Ms, they knew there would be problems with the show.

In every episode of “Seinfeld” there is a Superman somewhere.

Carlos Santana spent several years working as a dishwasher and busking for spare change on the streets of San Fransisco before becoming a full-time professional musician. After the band, Santana’s first audition, at the Avalon Ball Room in the summer of 1967, promoter Chet Helms told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested that Carlos should keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock’s Drive-In on 3rd St

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ by Wham! was inspired by a sign Andrew Ridgeley used to put on his bedroom door for his mum to wake him before she went to work; it was also Wham’s first US hit.

And some Cool Thoughts:

Ever had amnesia and deja vu at the same time . . . I think I’ve forgotten this before

By the time you find greener pastures . . . your too old to climb the fence.

Life . . . is sexually transmitted.

I maybe a lonely schizophrenic . . . but at least I have each other

Bad decisions . . . make good stories

Experience is something you don’t get until . . . just after you need it.

Some days we are the flies . . . other days we are the screen door.

Without order nothing can exist . . . without chaos nothing can evolve

Ever stop to think . . . And forget to start again

Smile . . . makes people wonder what you’re up to

If you think experts are expensive . . . wait till you see what amateurs will cost you

If you can’t be a good example . . . you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.

Time is the greatest healer . . . unfortunately, eventually it kills all its patients..

Friends are those rare people who ask “how are you?” . . . then actually wait to hear the answer

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