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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Radom Music Trivia

Of all the talents to have, I end up with knowing a lot of music trivia. Why couldn't I be skilled at, for example, the bass guitar? Anyway, for benefit of anyone who simply wants to waste time, some random music trivia...

  • The Bangles Song "Manic Monday" was written by Prince (under a pseudonym).
  • Paul McCartney played the bass guitar and drums on the second Steve Miller Band album.
  • Boz Scaggs was an original member of the Steve Miller Band.
  • The Neil Sedaka song "Oh Carol" was written about/for song writer Carole King.
  • Frida from ABBA sings the female part in the Adam Ant song "Strip".
  • Mick Jagger is not the person being referenced in the Carly Simon song "You're So Vain"; why? because he is the male singing the chorus with Simon (listen carefully to the chorus...especially the second and third times where his voice is louder in the mix).
  • Elton John is Sean Lennon's godfather.
  • The working title of the Beatles song "Yesterday" was "Scrambled Eggs".
  • Duane Allman plays co-lead guitar on the Derek and the Domino's song "Layla"; his part is the higher of the two guitar sounds; Eric Clapton plays the lower guitar part.
  • Paul McCartney has played all of the instruments (including bass, guitar, piano, keyboards and drums) on two of his solo albums.
  • Frank Sinatra's once called "Something" by the Beatles one of the most beautiful songs on the 20the century.
  • Despite being a professional photographer, Paul McCartney's late wife Linda Eastman was not related to the family that founded Eastman Kodak; her father Lee Eastman was a attorney who specialized in entertainment law.
  • The ABBA song "Super Trouper" is named after a spot-light used in show business.
  • Geddy Lee from Rush is actually named "Gary"; "Geddy" came from the fact that his Yiddish mother had trouble pronouncing "Gary", and when she did it ended up sounding like "Geddy", which he adopted as his stage-name.
  • The Who's song "Substitute" was partially inspired the the song "Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
  • The outstanding piano introduction to the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon and Garfunkel was arranged and played by Larry Knetchel, who would later on be a member of the soft-rock group Bread.
  • Another member of Bread, (the late) James Griffin, won an Oscar for co-writing the son "For All We Know" (best song, 1970).

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