If you have followed rock music closely, you will likely know that the Beatles were turned down by Decca records after an audition in 1962 (although Decca later redeemed themselves by signing the Rolling Stones). You will also likely know that Don McLean’s 1971 hit, American Pie, was a dedication to, among other things, the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson … the day the music died. But you might not know the following:
- After recording Bohemian Rhapsody the rest of the band was against releasing it as the first single off Queen’s 1975 album, A Night at the Opera. They thought it was too long and wouldn’t be accepted. But Freddie Mercury, who wrote the song, persisted and after being released, it became Queen’s biggest hit. Sometimes even the band doesn’t know.
- John Lennon hated the sound of his voice. (Who does like the sound of their own voice?)
- Randy Bachman didn’t like You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (even though he wrote it), and didn’t want to include it on BTO’s 1974 album, Not Fragile. But a record exec liked it, so it was included on the album and went on to be BTO’s biggest hit. Sometimes even the artist doesn’t know.
- Even though it is considered to be The Rolling Stones best song, Keith Richards originally didn’t like Satisfaction. I have to admit, I’m with Keith on this one.
- Tommy James and The Shondells were originally signed by a record company that was run by the mob. James admitted that even though the band got ‘ripped off’ for millions of dollars, it was probably a good thing because otherwise he would have spent the money on drugs. Getouttahere!
- The top 5 grossing musical acts of all time are The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, ABBA and Queen. (Would you have guessed the last two?)
- Back in 1977, when members of Aerosmith saw the pilots smoking marijuana, they refused to fly on the jet they had chartered. Three months later, that same plane crashed, killing three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. What a tragedy!
- The song The First Cut is the Deepest, which was a hit for Keith Hampshire in 1973, and was later covered by Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crowe, was written by Cat Stevens in 1967. Who knew?
- Do you know who Reginald Dwight, William Bailey, Paul Hewson and Farrokh Bulsara are? See below for the answers.
- The biggest selling rock song of all time is Candle in the Wind (1997 version), Elton John’s tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. I like the original Marilyn Monroe tribute better.
Now, I hope you’re going to be able to sleep well tonight with this valuable information tucked neatly away in your memory banks. I think it helps me sleep better.
By the way, here are the answers to #9 … Elton John, Axel Rose, Bono and Freddie Mercury.
Have an awesomely musical day!