Paula Abdul constantly talks about surviving a plane crash of which no record exist.
On 3 December 1976, seven gunmen attempted to assassinate Bob Marley. During the trial, one of the gunmen claimed that the CIA hired them to do it, as Marley backed the left wing party PNP rather than the right wing LP. Two days later the injured Marley gave a 90 minute concert.
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli convinced his hometwon in 2006 to build a theater where only one concert is given a year (by him). The theater stays silent the rest of the year.
Background singers in the Beatles’ All You Need Is Love include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Graham Nash and Eric Clapton.
When Ella Fitzgerald couldn’t get booked by clubs and TV because she was black, Marilyn Monroe offered to come to a nightclub every night and sit in the front row if they let Ella sing.
The Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias was a professional footballer signed with Real Madrid. When he was recovering from an accident that ended his career, a nurse gave him a guitar so that he could recover the dexterity of his hands. In learning to play, he discovered his musical talent.
After losing a drunken bet with his bandmates, Sabaton singer Joakim Broden had to walk to the band’s next gig. Broden walked from Falun, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, over ~700km, staying at fans’ houses and accepting food/beer donations along the way to complete the journey.
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. They released a statement later on saying “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”
The Soviet tenor Victor Ivanovich Nikitin was so good, that when he sang to the Soviet troops at the Eastern front in WWII, German troops on the other side stopped shooting to listen to him.
After gaining a job as a singing waiter in 1938, Frank Sinatra boasted that he would “become so big that no one could ever touch him”.