The famous Jeopardy “Think!” theme was composed by the show’s creator Merv Griffin in less than a minute as a lullaby for his son. By 2005, he had made over $70 million dollars in royalties from that song, the equivalent of a Jeopardy contestant winning every game for about a decade.
Most consumers give up finding new music when they reach 30.
Tom Petty was so popular his record label wanted to charge $1 more for his 1981 album “Hard Promises” than the standard $8.98, but they backed down after he considered naming the album “$8.98”.
During Eurovision 1978 the Jordanian broadcaster censored the Israeli performance, instead showing pictures of flowers. When it became apparent that Israel would win, the broadcast was cut off and it was announced that Belgium had won instead.
ELO’s first album “The Electric Light Orchestra” has a different name in the US. The american record company tried to call and confirm the name of the album. When they failed to reach anyone on the phone, they wrote down “No Answer”, which someone misconstrued as the name of the album.
When his music career famously sank, Vanilla Ice has kept himself afloat nicely with his home improvment “The Vanilla Ice Project,” with an estimated net worth of $18 million.
A Jewish woman saved her own life and her sister’s life in a German concentration camp by playing Chopin so beautifully that the commanding officer declared “She shall live.”
Oasis didn’t take part in making the soundtrack for “Trainspotting”, because Noel Gallagher thought the film was about actual trainspotters.
A man born premature with cerebral palsy, was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1, is blind, was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16, began playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, who wrote such hits as “Surfin’ Safari” and “Surfin’ USA,” has a lifelong fear of water.