Living rock legend Chuck Berry has a beauty school degree.
The Beatles were denied the use of the following three people on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album as they were deemed too controversial. 1.) Jesus Christ 2.) Gandhi 3.) Adolf Hitler
In dire straits and needing money, The Police bleached their hair for a Wrigley’s gum commercial.
In Bob Dylan’s professional debut in 1961, he opened for John Lee Hooker.
Diana Ross’ concert contracts states that no one can make eye contact with her backstage.
AC/DC’s Angus Young tried out a gorilla suit before deciding on his schoolboy uniform for his stage suit.
Christopher Lee, known for playing a Jedi (Count Dooku) and Dracula (1969′s Taste Of Dracula, anyone?) was featured as one of the “band” on Paul McCartney and Wings’ excellent 1973 album, Band On The Run.
Phil Hartman (yes, that Phil Hartman) designed the Crosby, Stills & Nash’s logo while he was operating a graphic arts business in the 70′s.
James Brown’s wife once tried to get her traffic tickets dismissed because of “dipplomatic immunity”.
In 1969, as millions watched the watched the Apollo 10 astronauts circle the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin played the Frank Sinatra sung, Quincy Jones produced, “Fly To The Moon” on tape cassette, making it the first song on the moon.
“Fly me to moon, let me swing among the stars, Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars…“
Ray LaMontagne’s career was inspired after hearing Stephen Stills’ Treetop Flyer on his clock radio. As stated by Ray,
“I just sat up in bed and listened. I did not go to work that day; I went to record stores and sought that album out. I just knew. This is what I’m gonna do.”
While in Miami for his obscenity trial ini 1970, Jim Morrison attended an Elvis Presley concert. Morrison was greatly impressed with Elvis’ bassist, Jerry Scheff. The Doors never had an offical bassist and asked Scheff to play bass on their excellent, L.A. Woman. After these sessions, Scheff was asked to become a member of The Doors. It wasn’t meant to be, as L.A. Woman served as the band’s swan song and Morrison died in Paris in July of ’71. Scheff continued as Presley’s bassist until “The King” bowed out on 8/16/77.
Jimmy Page scored the 1983 cinematic masterpiece, Death Wish 3. If you’re trying to imagine what it sounds like, listen to the other worldly sounds of “In The Evening” from In Through The Out Door.
Angus Young tried several stage costumes out before settling on his trademark schoolboy uniform. Among them were a Spiderman costume, a gorilla suit and Zorro. I think he made the right choice.
The last recording that Janis Joplin made was “Happy Trails”, which she made for John Lennon’s 30th birthday in October ’70. Lennon received the recording after Joplin had already died. Click here to hear her gift to John.
The most popular first dance song at U.S. weddings is Nat King Cole’s version of “Unforgettable”. Think of that as we enter wedding season. Here’s Nat singing the song on his television program from 1957:
Bruce Springsteen was busted trying to climb the gates of Graceland in 1976.
After recording Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd planned to make an album composed entirely of household appliances. The idea was scrapped, although some of the sounds recorded in preparation made it on to Wish You Were Here.
One hit wonders, Strawberry Alarm Clock had one “hit” with the song “Incense and Peppermints”, but the band’s two vocalitsts, Lee Freeman and Mark Weitz hated the faux psychedelic lyrics (penned by John Carter – not a band member) so much that they refused to sing it. The band recorded it as an insrumental and asked their 16 year old friend, Greg Munford to sing it for them. The song was one of the top sellers of 1967 and the song that is most closely associated with the band.
We’ve all heard that song a million times before, right? Well, here’s another of their songs from the movie Psyche-Out (1968):
Neil Young and Rick James were once bandmates in the Mynah Birds, a band that existed in the mid-60′s in Toronto. Of course this pre-dated Neil’s Buffalo Springfield days and was nearly 15 years before Rick’s “Superfreak” period.
The first video banned by MTV was Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film”? Apparently the MTV execs thought the video was too risque because of the wrestling women. It’s amazing how tame this video is now, but I remember kids talking about it in 5th grade like it was a dirty, dirty movie. Here it is in all of its offensiveness.