You probably didn’t know…

Just for fun, here are a few music factoids that you might not have known.  If you know any more interesting ones, please leave them in the comments!

  1.  Bill Wyman is the only Rolling Stones’ member to have had a Top 20 hit single as a solo performer with “(Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star” released in July 1981.
  2.  Joe Walsh ran for President of the United States in 1980 on top of his music career as a mock campaign. He promised to make ‘Life’s Been Good‘ the new national anthem if he won, and ran on a platform of ‘Free Gas For Everyone.’ Though Walsh was not old enough to actually assume the office, he wanted to raise public awareness of the election. He then ran again for vice president in 1992.
  3.  In 2000, Shaun Ryder’s Volkswagen Corrado was found abandoned after being used as the getaway car. The former Happy Monday’s singer’s car was used in an armed robbery on Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant in Manchester. £7,000 cash was taken in the robbery.
  4.  David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust is about Vince Taylor, who wrote Brand New Cadillac which was covered by The Clash.
  5.  Akon (who had the 2005 hit ‘Lonely‘) is an ex-con: He spent three years behind bars after being convicted of heading a car-theft ring.
  6.  Justin Timberlake’s first attempts at a singing career saw him singing country music songs on US TV Star Search as “Justin Randall.”
  7.  The oldest UK chart topper is Louis Armstrong who was 66 years and 10 months when he peaked with ‘What A Wonderful World/Cabaret‘ in 1968.
  8.  The most expensive music video ever made is ‘Scream‘ by Michael and Janet Jackson, which cost $7 million to make in 1995.
  9.  In 1978, Terry Kath, guitarist and singer with the group Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning what he believed was an unloaded gun. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He was killed instantly.
  10.  Vee Jay records, who released the first Beatles single in the US, mis-spelt the groups name as ‘The Beattles.’
  11.  According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, while touring the UK in the 1960’s, Sonny Boy Williamson set his hotel room on fire by trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.
  12.  At the age of 17 David Bowie was interviewed on a BBC programme as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men. He complained: “It’s not nice when people call you darling and that”.
One Response to You probably didn’t know…
  1. Henré Botha

    Perhaps somewhat unrelated, but a factoid is by definition not a fact. A factoid is a falsehood that is repeated so often that people believe it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factoid

    Cool list, though! 🙂 The Akon one is… disturbing.