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What interesting trivia do you know of?

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1. The first commercial CD pressed in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.

2. Bob Marley gave songwriting 
credits on “No Woman No Cry” to 
his childhood friend Vincent Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in Jamaica. Royalties from the hit song helped keep the kitchen running.

3. Simon and Garfunkel bickered nonstop while recording “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Garfunkel wanted Simon to sing it (“I’m sorry 
I didn’t,” Simon has said), and Simon never liked Garfunkel’s closing “Sail on, silver girl” verse.

4. The iconic whistle in “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” was improvised when Otis Redding forgot what he was supposed to sing during the outro.

5. Michael Jackson was so absorbed in writing “Billie Jean” on a ride home from the studio one day that he didn’t even notice his car was on fire. A passing motorcyclist alerted him—saving the King of Pop and 
one of the world’s catchiest tunes.

6. Paul McCartney woke up one morning with the tune to “Yesterday” in his head but not the lyrics. The placeholder words he worked with: “Scrambled eggs … oh, my baby, how I love your legs …”

7. The BBC banned Bing Crosby’s 
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” during World War II, worried its “sickly 
sentimentality” would lower the 
morale of homesick troops.

8. Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs” was written by … someone else (on-again/off-again Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, to be exact).

9. Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” was the most-requested 
radio song of the ’70s. Yet singer/
lyricist Robert Plant once pledged $1,000 to a public radio station that promised to never play it again. (“I’ve heard it before,” he later said.)

10. The dude in Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks like a Lady)” is Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, whose long blond locks Aerosmith mistook for 
a woman’s at a bar one night.

11. The Caroline in Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” is none other than Caroline Kennedy, whom Neil saw 
in a magazine photo in the ’60s. 
“It was a picture of a little girl dressed 
to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony,” he recalled.

12. The chord that starts Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” is a tritone—known 
as the devil’s interval and banned from some Renaissance church 
music for sounding too evil.

13. Number of songs Elvis Presley 
recorded: more than 800. Number of songs Elvis Presley wrote solo: zero. (He earned a few cowriting credits.)

14. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” 
was written by … a boy. Philadelphia singer Robert Hazard wrote and recorded the original version four years before Cyndi Lauper made it a hit.

15. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (listed by American Film Institute as the greatest film song ever) is about 
a girl lifting herself up from rural Kansas but also about America rising up from the Great Depression under FDR’s New Deal, of which song cowriter Yip Harburg was a supporter.

16. Queen and David Bowie wrote “Under Pressure” in one night (then got pizza).
 

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Keith Richards thought of the opening riff for Satisfaction in a hotel room immediately after waking up. He promptly recorded a two-minute riff before falling back to sleep. He says the recording plays two minutes of acoustic guitar, then a dropped pick and then snoring for the next forty minutes. Cocaine is one hell of a drug.

Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar, or modern day Tanzania.

None of The Beatles could read music

The Beslan siege perpetrators reportedly blasted Rammstein songs to keep them edgy and fired up. This was too proposed in the Columbine School massacre but later proved false.

Metallica are the only band to have ever played on all seven continents, having played once on Antarctica.

Mayhem are a pretty standard Norwegian black metal band but actually have an insanely dark history. Their lead singer Dead once committed suicide and one member of the band murdered another member (who was accused on making a necklace of Dead's teeth and skull after his suicide).

Slash once disallowed the show Glee from using his music with Guns N Roses because he considered the show "crap". He once also rejected joining Poison after he was asked about wearing makeup.
 

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Not going to do any research (as though as that means anything, anyway)

Black Sabbath wrote Paranoid as a filler for their debut album

Paranoid was also used as the name of the album, and somewhat unusually, the word paranoid is never mentioned in the lyrics. Originally the band had wanted to call the album War Pigs after the song of the same name, but the record company persuaded them to use Paranoid instead because it was less offensive.[4]
 

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The B side to The Who's 1969 hit Pinball Wizard was an instrumental titled Dogs, Part 2. It was actually written by Pete Townshend but credited to Moon, Towser and Jason. Moon, of course, was Keith Moon, but the latter two "composers" were Pete Townshend and John Entwistle's actual pet dogs.

Scholars estimate that Stradivarius made 1,116 instruments during his lifetime.

Pink Floyd's debut album title from 1967, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was taken from a chapter in The Wind in the Willows.

In 1964 The Beatles replaced themselves at number one in the American singles charts when I Want to Hold Your Hand was replaced by She Loves You. She Loves You was then replaced at number one by Can't Buy Me Love.
 
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Not really trivia but its just a fact that I really like -
The Fauves - self confessed worst band in the world - were asked to contribute a song for an anti-John Howard compilation.
They wrote a song for said album called, brilliantly, "Get F***ed."
 

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David Bowie wanted to give Mott the Hoople "Suffragette City" because he had heard that they were going to split up and he wanted them to stay together.

Ian Hunter did not like the song so Bowie wrote "All the young dudes" for them.

The rest is history.
 

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David Bowie wanted to give Mott the Hoople "Suffragette City" because he had heard that they were going to split up and he wanted them to stay together.

Ian Hunter did not like the song so Bowie wrote "All the young dudes" for them.

The rest is history.
Mick Jones of The Clash was one of Mott the Hoople's biggest groupies. Followed them all over the UK.
 

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At one stage The Little River Band had two left handed guitarists in their lineup. Are there any other bands who can claim this?
 

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I typed "bands with two left handed guitarists" into Google to see whether anything would come up. It led me to a forum in which somebody had asked this question. There were two bands mentioned that I have never heard of, namely Flogging Molly and Diesel Park West, and at one stage, UB40. Then, some wag pasted a picture of this group:


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Songs get banned in different countries for any number of reasons, but in 1961 the BBC banned a song from playing in Britain for a quite unusual reason. The song in question was 'Ebony Eyes' by the Everly Brothers, and the reason for the ban was that the song was too sad and the lyrics too upsetting to play on the radio.
 

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While Marc Bolan frequently referred to cars in his songs including Cadillac, Buick MacKane & Jeepster, with one of the great testaments to rock 'n' roll excess in Children Of The Revolution ("I got a Rolls Royce 'cos it's good for my voice") - he never had a driver's licence.
 

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The Sex Pistols went to court over an attempt to have their first album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols banned in the UK. They were successful in their defence when it was revealed in court, that for hundreds of years up until the end of the nineteenth century, parsons were affectionately known as "bollocks".

In 1977 Alice Cooper checked into a sanatorium and went on the wagon after reaching the astonishing daily consumption of 2 quarts of whisky and 40 cans of beer a day.
At the time his band were spending around $300,000 a year on alcoholic beverages.
 

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Can anybody name song collaborations where the singers have the same Christian name? It doesn't have to be only rock and roll songs. The only song I can think of is Easy Lover from 1985 which was sung by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins.
 

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