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.
Johnny Cash took only one music lesson, after which his teacher told him, “Always do it your way.”
Keith Richards heard the riff to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in a dream. He woke up, played the riff on a tape recorder and mumbled “I can’t get no satisfaction” and went back to sleep.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon earnings were invested in a floating restaurant, a fudge-making hotel, a computer game, a film nobody saw, a skateboard company, a car hire business, and a children’s shoe factory. All complete failures. They fled to France as tax exiles and recorded The Wall.