Random Music Trivia

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  • John Denver was  the 8th most successful pop act in America in the 1970’s, a decade in which he’d chart four #1 singles. But in England he was considered a one-hit wonder, with “Annie’s Song” being his only major hit there.
  • Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit “Baker Street” contains a saxophone riff that was so popular that, according to The New York Times, the song was responsible for a global increase in saxophone sales.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience toured the U.S. in 1967 as an opening act for The Monkees. (“Oh, God, I hate them! Dishwater,” he said in a Melody Maker magazine interview.)
  • Paul Davis’ 1977 hit “I Go Crazy” once held the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard singles chart, having broken a record Johnny Mathis held since 1957.
  • The opening, repeated single note that opens the Nilsson song “One” (and the hit Three Dog Night cover version) was inspired by the busy signal he got when he tried to make a phone call.
  • The title of Tommy James’ “Mony Mony” was inspired by the sign atop the Mutual of New York Building, which James could see from Manhattan apartment window.From a 1995 Hitch magazine interview: True story: I had the track done before I had a title. I wanted something catchy like “Sloopy” or “Bony Maroney,” but everything sounded so stupid. So Ritchie Cordell and I were writing it in New York City, and we were about to throw in the towel when I went out onto the terrace, looked up and saw the Mutual of New York building (which has its initials illuminated in red at its top). I said, “That’s gotta be it! Ritchie, come here, you’ve gotta see this!” It’s almost as if God Himself had said, “Here’s the title.” I’ve always thought that if I had looked the other way, it might have been called “Hotel Taft.
  • Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” was inspired by this scene from the movie Young Frankenstein:

which, in turn, was inspired by this scene:

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 23:36:18

    the ever classy William Powell


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