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.”
After Motown mega group The Temptations fired lead singer David Ruffin he snuck on stage during a live show, grabbed the mic and sang a full song, stunning the band and the audience. The band hired more security but Ruffin kept finding ways to sneak on stage, grab the mic, and sing a song.
You’re programmed to love the music you listened to in high school the most. The music we like gives us a hit of dopamine and other feel-good chemicals, and that’s even stronger when we’re young because our brains are developing.
The chemical reaction in glow sticks was discovered by Dr. Edwin Chandross in 1962, but he had no idea the “chemiluminescent” objects were popular at music shows until a Vice interview in 2013. “Is that so?” he said. “Maybe my granddaughter will think I’m cool now.”
Barry White spent 4 months in jail for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires when he was 16. While behind bars, he heard Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never” which he stated inspired him to become a singer.
In 2005, the London Underground started playing orchestral soundtracks in 65 tube stations as part of a scheme to deter anti-social behavior. As a result, a 33 percent decline in robberies, a 25 percent decline in staff verbal assaults, and a 37 percent decrease in vandalism was observed.
Kris Kristofferson went into music after studying at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. He moved to Nashville and made ends meet as a helicopter pilot. After trying unsuccessfully to get Johnny Cash to hear some of his songs, he finally got Cash’s attention by landing a helicopter on his lawn.
Over 8,000 pieces of music were secretly created in Nazi concentration camps; including symphonies, operas, and songs scribbled on everything from food wrappings to potato sacks. One prisoner composed an entire symphony on toilet paper using the charcoal given to him as dysentery medicine.
In Italy during the 16th century music was engraved on knives so guests could sing together after they ate. Each side of the blade has musical notations and each knife represents one part for a singer. So, a complete set of knives actually come together to create a harmonious chorus.