25 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT ROCK MUSICIANS
Did you know that once John Lennon pulled a condom on a microphone? Or that Noelle Gallagher took to the stage of the Reading festival in a cow costume? And about why the legendary band The Ramones chose such a name for their band?
BritishWave has compiled a list of amazing facts about rock musicians from which you will learn about this and much more.
Rock Music Facts
It is believed that “Terry and Julie” from the 1967 classic The Kinks song “Waterloo Sunset” is cast by Terence Stamp and Julie Christie.
David Bowie, also known as Robert David Jones, studied painting at Bromley Technical School under the dad of his old friend and rock legend Peter Frampton, Owen.
The American punk rock band The Ramones named their group by the pseudonym Paul McCartney used to check into hotels when he was at The Beatles, Paul Ramon.
Have you ever wondered who inspired the 1984 hit of Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”? Such a sign Andrew Ridgeley hung on the door of his room so that his mother would not forget to wake him when he left for work. Apparently, before, she always forgot and left him in the cold. (“Wake me up before you leave, do not leave me in the cold” – the song says)
The Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who died in his pool on July 3, 1969, played the oboe on The Beatles track “Baby You’re A Rich Man” from the 1967 soundtrack “Magical Mystery Tour”.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (or ELP) titans technical staff on the infamous 1977 tour consisted of 63 people, including a karate trainer for Palmer and a group doctor. According to rumors, they even had a special carpet technician whose task was to transport and clean the Persian carpet, on which Lake stood during performances. Oh yes, and they also carried with them an orchestra of 70 people.
The guy on the left is Agent Elvis Presley, Colonel Tom Parker. Before he was successful, he had a troupe of dancing hens.
In January 2002, “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison removed Alia from the first position in the UK singles chart “More Than A Woman,” the only time in music history when one deceased artist won first place from another deceased artist.
Frank Sinatra told everyone that “Something” is his favorite song written by Lennon and McCartney. Actually the song was written by George Harrison.
John Lennon once pulled a condom on a microphone to protect himself from electric shock. He tried to get underwater sound for the 1966 hit The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, but they never used that comic record.
John Lydon of Sex Pistols and his wife, Nora, were supposed to fly a plane that exploded in 1988 over Lockerbie because of a bomb planted by terrorists, but were late for it because Nora had no time to pack up. The Four Tops American vocal quartet also had to fly on this plane, but didn’t hit it, because it was delayed in the studio.
The first commercial-recorded CD in the United States was 1984 Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen.
Group R.E.M. was formed in 1980, but 9 years passed before their song hit the British TOP-40 (1989 Orange Crush).
Alex Capranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand met in 2001 at a home party in Glasgow, when the latter tried to steal a drink from Capranos. As the saying goes, what happened next, you know.
By the time Pink Floyd finally got off the Billboard 200 in October 1988, The Dark Side Of The Moon had broken the record by spending 741 weeks on the chart.
Amy Winehouse worked as a copywriter for the tabloid news agency WENN, and her boss was none other than NME’s editor-in-chief Mark McLaren.
Kaiser Chiefs are named after a South African football team played by former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe. The band members are big fans of this team, and in 2008 they gave a concert at their Elland Road stadium.
The Smiths had to change the cover of the 1984 single “What Difference Does It Make?” after actor Terence Stamp (pictured) objected to using his image. His photo was replaced with a photo of Morrissey.
On the 2001 Super Furry Animals track Receptacle For The Respectable, which was featured on their Rings Around The World album, nominated for a Mercury Prize, celery munch is none other than Sir Paul McCartney.
1988’s single The Stone Roses “Elephant Stone” was produced by New Order bassist and fellow countryman, legendary Manchester musician Peter Hook.
The British musician Noel Gallagher appeared in 1990 on the stage of the Reading festival with the headliners of Inspiral Carpets. He came out as a half of a cow participating in a pantomime during a performance – Gallagher was a group technician.
Soul’s godfather James Brown has hit the Billboard 100 as many as 99 times, but has never taken first place. The musician died in December 2006.