Archive For The “Music” Category

The Day Freddie Died

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Freddie Mercury

FACT OF THE DAY:  As the lead singer of the band Queen, Freddie Mercury established himself as one of the best singers in the history of music. His four octave voice, musical abilities, showmanship, and charisma made him entertaining as well. Freddie passed away 27 years ago today, November 24, 2018, due to complications from AIDS. If still alive today, he would have been 72 years old.

 

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What the Beatles Wouldn’t Do

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the Beatles black & white photo

FACT OF THE DAY:  The Beatles were the UK phenomena that invaded the US in 1964. Upon their arrival, they became known as supporters of the US Civil Rights movement. They would even specify in their contracts that they would not play in front of segregated audiences.

“We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start now,” said John Lennon. “I’d sooner lose our appearance money.”

 

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What Is A Waterphone?

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waterphone

FACT OF THE DAY:  Raise your hand if you know what a waterphone is? Also known as an ocean harp, a waterphone is a handcrafted acoustic percussion instrument. It is often used for making those scary and eerie sounds that are heard in horror movies. It was created by Richard Waters in 1975.

 

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Jimi Couldn’t Read or Write Music

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Jimi HendrixFACT OF THE DAY:  Guitar genius Jimi Hendrix is known for many musical achievements. However, did you know that he could NOT read or write music?  Hendrix was often quoted as saying that he wished he did know how to read music. He never took a music lesson, but it’s safe to say the guy knew how to play!

 

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The Michael Jackson-Paul McCartney Fued

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Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

FACT OF THE DAY: It was 33 years ago today that Paul McCartney stopped talking to Michael Jackson. On August 14, 1985, Jackson outbid McCartney for the Publishing rights to the majority of The Beatles music catalog. The winning bid was $47 million.

The irony here is that Sir McCartney himself was the one who suggested to the King of Pop that he invest some of his money in music publishing.

 

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Origin of the Band Name *NSYNC

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NSYNC

FACT OF THE DAY:  NSYNC is the American boy band that formed in 1995 and became a worldwide phenomena with hits such as Bye, Bye, Bye, I Want You Back, and This I Promise You. The group consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Lance Bass. So how did the name NYSNC come to be?

The credit goes to mother of Justin Timberlake. She commented on how the boys sounded “in sync” and also took the last letter of each member’s first name. For those of you who are wondering how the name LANCE fits into this equation, it doesn’t. Bass was not one of the original members. He replaced original member Jason Galasso.

 

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Top Country Single of All Time

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Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

FACT OF THE DAY:  “Meant to Be” is the smash country hit from Bebe Rexha and the super duo of Florida Georgia Line. This song debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs on December 16, 2017 and it has remained there for an astounding 35 weeks. It is now the longest reigning song to top this country list.

 

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Jingle Bells, a Thanksgiving Song???

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Jingle Bells

FACT OF THE DAY:  Jingle Bells is one the better known and more popular Christmas songs.  The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont.

Did you know that it was NOT intended to be a Christmas song?

When written, Jingle Bells was meant to be a song for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

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Your Heartbeat Mimics Music

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Heartbeat Music Notes

FACT OF THE DAY:  It is a known fact that music can improve your mood and make you feel better. Did you also know that your heart will start beating according the music you are listening to?

Scientific studies have shown that your heartbeat will mimic the music beats and tempo of the song you are listening to. If it’s a slow ballad, your heart is mellow. If the song you are listening to hits a crescendo, your heart will constrict the blood vessels. This will cause your blood pressure and heart rate to go up.

 

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Who Wrote A Boy Named Sue?

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Johnny Cash "A Boy Named Sue"

FACT OF THE DAY:  The song “A Boy Named Sue” was made famous by music legend Johnny Cash. The song, which was recorded at the San Quentin State Prison concert on February, 24, 1969, was released as a single in July of that same year.

The person who wrote the lyrics for that song was also a famous and known name. So who wrote this popular song? The answer would be Shel Silverstein, a poet and writer who wrote children’s books such as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

 

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