History of Pop Music – 46 Interesting Facts About Your Favorite Musicians – Part 2

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26Trent Reznor

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 advertisement. Bowie found this hilarious.

27. After David Bowie released his album "Low", Nick Lowe responded by releasing an Extended play called "Bowi".

28. Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" is about the negative effects of the Vietnam War on Americans but it is often misunderstood to be a patriotic or nationalistic anthem.

29. Bob Dylan missed Woodstock, after being invited, because he didn't like hippies.

30. Kanye West once ordered a curry to be delivered from London, UK to New York City, at a price of $3900.

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31Zach Galifianakis

Kanye West commissioned Zach Galifianakis to make an alternate music video of "Can't Tell Me Nothing" on a whim based on a connection through a personal trainer. The video consists of Zach riding farm equipment and lip-synching.

32. On the death of his mother, Jimi Hendrix’s father refused to take him to the funeral, instead giving the then 15-year-old shots of whiskey and informing him that this was how men dealt with loss.

33. During Britney Spears' infamous downfall in 2007, Craig Ferguson said he would not mock her due to his own alcohol-related issues.

34. "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears has been used by the British Navy to scare off Somali pirates.

35. In the 70's, Chuck Berry toured with only a guitar, finding some local bands for each show "confident that he could hire a band that already knew his music" and not even giving them a set list "and just expected the musicians to follow his lead".

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36Chuck Berry

Rock musician Chuck Berry created Berry Park in Missouri, his own rock n roll themed amusement park with a guitar-shaped swimming pool, in response to the whites-only country clubs from where he was once excluded.

37. Bob Marley, against popular belief, didn't believe in smoking marijuana for recreation. He thought cannabis should be used for religious and medicinal purposes.

38. Rihanna was sued for her use of the sample "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" in her song "Please Don't Stop the Music" because she only got permission for using it via Michael Jackson from his use of the sample in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" and not from the original artist Manu Dibango.

39. David Bowie was so messed up on hard drugs, especially cocaine that he does not recall making the album “Station to Station.” When asked about the studio he recorded in, Bowie stated: “I know it was in LA because I’ve read it was.”

40. Neil Young once wired up his house to be the left speaker and the barn as his right speaker so that he could listen to music from a boat in the middle of his lake.

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41Neil Young

Neil Young wrote "Cinnamon Girl", "Down by the River", the title track, and "Cowgirl in the Sand", all on a single day while suffering from a 103°F (39.5°C) fever.

42. Johnny Cash was born with the name J.R. Cash because his parents couldn't think of a name. When he enlisted in the Air Force, they wouldn't let him use his initials, so he began to call himself John.

43. When Jay Z was 12, he shot his older brother for stealing his ring for drug money.

44. Jimi Hendrix could play guitar 4 different ways: "Normal" Right-handed (low E on top); "Normal" Left-handed (righty guitar flipped and restrung); Reverse Right-handed (treble E on top); Reverse Left-handed (righty guitar flipped/treble E on top).

45. Frank Sinatra was a big activist in the civil rights movement, refusing to stay at hotels that didn’t allow “blacks.” He even used his mafia ties to help get labor unions behind John F. Kennedy because he knew they shared the same opinions on equal rights.

46Frank Sinatra

In 1945, Frank Sinatra canceled a $10,000 gig and traveled to Gary, Indiana to convince white high school students striking against integration to return to school. Sinatra called it "the most shameful incident in the history of American education."


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