In Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston used to hum improvised tunes. He then joined a songwriters guild so that everything he improvised earned him a royalty check of a few hundred dollars. He used this money to throw parties for the cast and crew. The crew even encouraged his humming.
The best-selling Christmas song of all time, White Christmas, was written by a Jew whose own Christmas tradition was visiting the grave of his son who died on Christmas day in 1928 at the age of three weeks old. That son was Irving Berlin, Jr. Irving Berlin was not his birth name. He was actually born Israel Beilin and immigrated from Russia. He wrote many other well known classics that are too numerous to list. He was one of the all time great songwriters.
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.
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.