Jerry Lee Lewis courted so much controversy by marrying his 13 year old cousin at the age of 22 that he went from playing $10,000 concert halls to $250 dollar a night dive bars.
Here’s a brief interview with Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra shortly after their marriage.
Beethoven won a sight reading piano competition by turning his sheet music upside down, playing it, then improvising on one of its themes for thirty minutes. His opponent, Daniel Steibelt, never returned to challenge him again.
Composer Sun Ra once performed for catatonics and schizophrenics. One broke a years-long silence to ask him “Do you call that music?”
As a boy, composer Guiseppe Verdi missed his cue to give water and wine to the priest. The priest kicked Verdi down the alter steps, to which Verdi responded by saying “May God strike you with lightning”. Eight years later the priest was struck by lightning and killed.
Niccolo Paganini, thought by many to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso of all time, was so incredibly good that many thought he was the Son of the Devil or he had sold his soul for his talent. He was even forced once to publish letters from his Mother to prove he had human parents. Presumably, he may have suffered from Marfan Syndrome which may have accounted for his incredibly long and strong fingers. Apparently he could bend his pinky at 90 degrees to his hand, which gave him extraordinary reach. He also once snapped a tea saucer in half using thumb and forefinger alone.