Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Trivia Tuesday - Music Edition

"Midnight Train to Georgia" - the 1973 number-one hit single by Gladys Knight and the Pips - was first written as "Midnight Plane to Houston".  You can click HERE to read about that.



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Irving Berlin,who is considered one the greatest songwriters in America (he wrote "God Bless America, "There's No Business like Show Business, "White Christmas",  etc., etc.) couldn't read music!

”But I've not done badly," he decided towards the end of his life "for a poor immigrant boy who can't read music." He did his composing on a one-key piano (F sharp) with a lever under the keyboard to manipulate a fuller range. Asked what effect a more sophisticated musical education would have had on his talent, Berlin replied "Ruin it."
You can click HERE to read more about him on the website devoted to him.

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Buddy Holly and The Crickets was the first white band to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Buddy Holly and The Crickets were booked to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1957 by a promoter who assumed they were black. They played, were received well and brought down the house.



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ELVIS PRESLEY once said this, "I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."



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The BeatlesThe Beatles

Without question, The Beatles are one of the most influential, popular, and easily recognizable musical groups in modern history. And not one of them could read or write music. As incredible as it may seem, “The Fab Four” managed to mesmerize the entire world without this simple ability.
In a 1980 interview with Playboy magazine, John Lennon said, “None of us could read music… None of us can write it. But as pure musicians, as inspired humans to make the noise, they [Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr] are as good as anybody.”


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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
James Marshall, better known as Jimi, became one of he most influential musicians in modern history in a very short time. And like everyone else on this list the American singer, guitarist, and songwriter never learned to read or write music. He started playing music with a one-stringed ukulele he had found in the garbage, and he began following the music of Elvis, learning each song by ear. A biography explains that he thought his inability to read or write music made him focus better on the music that he heard.


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MOZART

Wolfgang Mozart was baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
Mozart could write music before he could write words.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) died in his 36th year, at the peak of his musical power—without any money.

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GEORGE STRAIT 

George has been married once. He and his high school sweetheart, Norma, married in 1971.
In addition to playing guitar, George Strait also plays piano.
When Strait started out he was seen as a sex-symbol and used to have to donate all the flowers that women gave him to local hospitals because he had no room for them on his tour bus.

George Strait’s 13-year-old daughter passed away in a car accident in 1986.
“I just kind of shut down,” he says. “I just didn’t feel like talking about it, so I quit doing interviews.” In 1988, he released a sad song called “Baby Blue” which was dedicated to his daughter.


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John Denver


John Denver lost two toes in a accident with a lawn mower.
Was offered the lead role of Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which he turned down saying he felt the script "read like a 1950s movie". The role was instead given to Richard Gere.

Was cremated, and his ashes spread over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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I liked today's trivia.
I may do more music trivia.
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