In the early 19th century, there was a group of people in the United States called the “Founding Fathers of Singing Societies.” These were men who were passionate about singing and choral music, and they formed singing societies as a way to promote the art form and bring people together through song.
One of the most well-known of these singing societies was the “Handel and Haydn Society,” which was founded in Boston in 1815. The society was named after two of the most famous composers of the time, George Frideric Handel and Joseph Haydn, and it was dedicated to performing and promoting their works, as well as the works of other classical composers. The Handel and Haydn Society was one of the first and most influential singing societies in the United States, and it is still in operation today.
The guys from Milli Vanilli (Rob & Fab) as well as the original singers were all misled by their record producer in the lip-sync scandal and are the ones that brought it to the press. Rob & Fab were upset they wouldn’t let them sing, and the original singers were upset they weren’t the stars.
The Spin Doctors’ song “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” was written by lead singer Chris Barron about his stepmother, whom he described as a ‘malignant narcissist’. He said “My stepmom told me I’d be a janitor… [so] I wrote a song about her. It’s been played on the radio three million times.”
In the operatic song in The Fifth Element, composer Eric Sierra “purposely wrote un-singable things” so she’d sound like an alien. When opera singer Inva Muls came for the part, “she sang 85% of what [Eric] thought was technically impossible”, the rest being assembled in the studio.
The Phil Collins album No Jacket Required is named after an incident at a Chicago restaurant where Collins was denied admittance. Collins later appeared on TV denouncing the restaurant who in turn sent him a sport coat and an apology, saying he could come back wearing whatever he wanted.
To save the Hawaiian culture and people from disappearing, Kalākaua, the last king of the Hawaiian kingdom, went on a world tour in 1881, and travelled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, and he became the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe. He met with Edison during that tour and because of that meeting Hawai’i had relatively early adoption of the phonograph. This allowed for recordings of Hawaiian songs from as early as the 1900s/1910s.
Before recordings were available, music stores employed song pluggers. These people were pianists or singers that would play any song on request so patrons could have a preview before buying the sheet music.
The video for Welcome to The Jungle by Guns N’Roses was originally banned by MTV. It took the influence by David Geffen to get it aired for just one time at 4AM EST Sunday. The response was so overwhelming it shutdown MTV’s switchboard. Appetite For Destruction went on to sell 30 million copies.
Roy Orbison wrote the biggest hit of his career after asking his first wife, Claudette, if she needed cash for the market. His writing partner interjected “pretty women don’t need money.” As Orbison watched Claudette go to the market by “walking down the street”, he wrote “Oh, Pretty Woman.”