Ten days before Freddie Mercury died, Jim Beach, Queen’s manager, met with him to discuss what could be done with his legacy. Freddie said, “You can do whatever you like with my image, my music, remix it, re-release it, whatever… just never make me boring.”
When Queen wanted to release “Bohemian Rhapsody”, various executives told them that a song with a length of 5 minutes and 55 seconds was too long and would never be a hit. They even played it to other musicians who claimed that the song had “no hope” of being played on the radio.
In 1974, a then-unknown Queen performed at an Australian festival to a mean-spirited, drunken crowd. Before finishing, Freddie Mercury told them that Queen would be “one of the biggest bands in the world” the next time they visited. When they came back, they were at the top of the charts.
Scatman John suffered from a severe stutter from the time he learned to speak, which led to an emotionally traumatic childhood. He then made the song, “Scatman,” in which he intended to inspire children who stuttered to overcome adversity.
Max Martin, a 43-year-old Swede, has co-written more #1 singles than anyone since the Beatles. His credits include “I Want It That Way”, “Oops!… I Did It Again”, “It’s My Life”, “Since U Been Gone”, “I Kissed a Girl”, “Shake It Off”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s back)”, “As long as you love me” for the Backstreet Boys, “I want you back”, “Tearin’ up my heart” and “It’s gonna be me” for N’Sync and much more.
A guy named Seth Putnam wrote a song about how being in a coma was stupid, and soon after went into a coma himself. After he awoke, when asked how it felt to be in a coma he said, “It was just as f*cking stupid as I wrote about in my song”.
At the beginning of the song Roxane by The Police, during the intro, you can hear a strange piano chord, then Sting laughing. In fact, during the voice recording, Sting accidentally sat on the piano just behind him. They decided to keep this on the final mix.
Beethoven hated authority and social rank (he was a commoner), so much that he would stop playing if aristocrats talked during his performances.
As a teenager, Puccini stole organ pipes from his town’s cathedral and sold them to buy cigarettes. As church organist, he rearranged the music to avoid playing the missing notes.