MUSIC TRIVIA

"Please Mr. Postman" has been a Number 1 hit on Billboard's record charts twice: the chart-topping versions were recorded by The Marvelettes in 1961 and The Carpenters in 1974.

A concert promoter in Hawaii sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert. Unfortunately the concert was never scheduled. The man was arrested and told police he needed the money for a nose job and a sex change.

According to Beatles producer George Martin, Neal Hefti's catchy composition of the 1960s Batman Emmy-winning theme song inspired George Harrison to write the hit song "Taxman."

According to sources, singer John Denver's real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

Aerosmith used to like to bring chainsaws with them on tour so they could hack up hotel rooms easier. They also traveled with extra-long extension cords, so that the televisions they tossed out windows would keep playing until they hit the ground.

Aerosmith went berserk on their first Japanese tour. On opening night, they destroyed the backstage area when they found turkey roll on the buffet table.

After a concert, Van Halenís David Lee Roth would sit in the door of their tour bus and have the road manager douse his feet in Perrier.

After a trip to Egypt, Culture Clubís Boy George decided to enter the stage of a 1983 concert through a giant sphinx head. The first time he tried it, the head didnít open. Boy George stood behind it screaming curses. When the stage crew pulled the head open, George appeared on the stage smiling and skipped out to greet the crowd.

Alice Cooper liked to wear a pet boa constrictor around his neck while on stage. While rehearsing in his hotel room, the snake started to constrict Cooperís neck. A bodyguard couldnít get the snake to release, so he took out a pocketknife and cut off the snakeís head.

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American singer and composer Roy Orbison was credited by the Beatles as being influential to their early musical style.

Aretha Franklin was sued for breach of contract in 1984 when she was unable to open in the Broadway musical Sing, Mahalia, Sing, mainly because of her phobia of flying.

At a concert in Sacramento, California, in 1965, Keith Richards smashed his microphone with the neck of his guitar. It caused a giant bolt of electricity that sent Richards flying through the air, and knocking him on his back, unconscious. Two minutes later, he came to. He credited his survival to the thick soles of the suede Hush Puppy boots he was wearing at the time.

At fifteen years old, James Brown was arrested and sent to jail for stealing clothes out of parked cars.

At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.

Before he became the reigning male artist in country music, Garth Brooks worked as a sporting goods employee and as a manager of a cowboy-boot store.

Before he catapulted to fame, Bob Dylan was paid $50 in 1960 for playing the harmonica on a Harry Belafonte album.

Before he pursued a career in the music industry, Elvis Costello worked as a computer operator at an Elizabeth Arden cosmetics factory.

Before she hit it big as a singer, Mariah Carey worked as a restaurant hostess.

Burt Bacharach started his career as an accompanist for singer Vic Damone, he was fired.

Child singer Jimmy Boyd was 12 years and 11 months old when he sang the Christmas favorite, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The song hit the top of the pop charts.

Stephen Stills, who went on to join Crosby, Stills and Nash, originally tried out to be a Monkee. He didnít get the part. Producers felt he was losing too much hair and that his teeth were too bad.

The Beatles' first Number 1 hit song was the 1964 "Love Me Do."

The Beatles held the Top Five spots on the April 4th, 1964 Billboard singles chart. To date, they're the only band that has ever accomplished that.

The Bee Gees became so desperate to sell records that they gave members of their fan club money to go out and buy albums. There were only six people in the fan club at that time.

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