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Unusual Rock Trivia?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Aberdumbie, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Guitarist and vocalist Tommy Bolin died at the very young age of 25 on December 4, 1976 but in addition to releasing two solo albums Teaser and Private Eyes, he racked up quite a resume by recording and/or touring with Zephyr, James Gang, Billy Cobham, Moxy, Alphonse Mouzon, and Deep Purple all in a span of about seven years.

  2. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
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  3. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I was really surprised when I first learned about how the feud was actually friendly ribbing. This song educated me. The singer, Patterson Hood, is the son of Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood.

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  4. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Country artist Marty Robbins was also a NASCAR race car driver. Robbins had 6 top-ten finishes as well as a few major wrecks during the 1970s.


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  5. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Sylvia Robinson (also known simply as Sylvia) started her musical career as a solo act in the early 1950s with a few singles that did not chart. She then joined up with her music instructor, Mickey Baker, to form the duo Mickey and Sylvia who had recorded several records including a single hit with a cover of Bo Diddley's "Love Is Strange" in 1957. After the duo split, Sylvia resumed her solo career through the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. She had a big hit in 1973 with "Pillow Talk". In addition, Robinson became a savvy businesswoman, record producer, and record label executive. She was also the founder/CEO of the hip hop record label Sugar Hill Records.

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  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Wait a second... is the guy from Mickey & Sylvia the same Mickey Baker who wrote this well-known and respected jazz guitar primer?!?!


    mind = blown
  7. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Why, yes indeed it is the same Mickey Baker. :thumbsup:
  8. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
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  9. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Jason Gilardi was the drummer for Caroline's Spine. He is the son of Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi, Jr.
    Jason is the one with short hair:

    Trivia only interesting to me: The bassist Scott Jones (2nd from right) married a college friend of mine.
  10. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    Before deciding on REM, the band considered the name "Cans of Piss".

    Waylon Jennings gave up his seat to Buddy on the fated plane.

    George Harrison visited his sister in the small town of Benton, IL the year before the Beatles came to America. He stood in with a local group at the VFW hall (and I believe inquired about booking the Beatles there). His sister had previously been sent a copy of "From Me To You" by their mother in England, who then took it to the nearby radio station in West Frankfort, IL making it the first time the Beatles had been broadcast in the U.S.
  11. Elton John and saxophonist Elton Dean (both former members of Bluesology) appeared in the T Rex "Bang A Gong (Get It On) music video.
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  12. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    His 1961 recording of "Don't Worry" makes a claim to be the first recorded sound of what came to be known a "fuzz" due to a faulty connection in a preamp (or mixing board?).
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  13. Indiedog


    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
  14. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    Thanks for that. He had a long and illustrious career.
  15. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    Love that fuzz tone sound on Gradys guitar. I think he played an ES 335
  16. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish was the highest-selling album of 1995, with over 10.5 million shipments that year alone, eventually shipping over 21 million copies by May 21, 2018. Cracked Rear View reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart five different times over the course of 1995. Over three million copies were sold through the Columbia House mail-order music system alone.
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  17. The "crowd" chanting at the beginning of "Witch Hunt" by Rush is the studio crew, and band members, liquored up in the freezing cold outside the studio. The one getting them all whipped up into a frenzy is Neil Peart. They recorded it and (I believe) ran it backwards for the final recording.

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  18. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    Marc Bolan of T Rex was a huge fan of Catweazle. So when the role of the Butler at a surreal Mad Tea Party-styled affair was written, for a '72 rocumentary directed by Ringo Starr, named Born to Boogie, Catweazle — Geoffrey Bayldon — naturally got the gig.
    They were on their way to John Lennon's joint to shoot the Mad Tea Party scene which is, among other things, not unlike what the world would come to know, later on, as a decidedly 'unplugged' affair.

    The band T Rex, Marc Bolan, Ringo, and Elton John all got a guernsey, under the Apple Films banner. The setting for the Tea Party scene above is the location where John Lennon's Imagine clip was filmed.
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  19. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Herb Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist ("This Guy's In Love With You", 1968), and an instrumentalist ("Rise", 1979). He is the "A" along with Jerry Moss as the founders, executives. and producers of A&M Records; signing many major acts as a prominent record label for a long time.

    While many people thought Alpert was of Mexican descent along with his Tijuana Brass band musicians because of the style of music they played on their hit albums and singles, Herb was of Jewish descent with his parents emigrating to the U.S. from eastern Europe. The Tijuana Brass band did not include any Mexicans or musicians from Tijuana. Herb, with and without the band, has won seven Grammys and sold more than 72 million records worldwide. He started out solo with some L.A. session musicians from The Wrecking Crew. By the end of 1964, because of a growing demand for live appearances by the Tijuana Brass, Alpert hired a team of top session musicians.

    Alpert's musical inspiration from Tijuana was a result of him going to Tijuana from Los Angeles in 1962 to watch Mexican bullfighter Carlos Arruza. The bullring band of the time was led by Miguel Bravo, a well-known local musician who was good friends with Rafael Mendez, one of Mexico’s most famous trumpet players and an inspiration to Alpert. Mendez would show up for the bullfights and sometimes play with the band and Alpert heard him playing.

    While attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s, he was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band for two years. In 1956, he appeared in the uncredited role as "Drummer on Mt. Sinai" in the movie The Ten Commandments.

    Alpert also was a producer and songwriter having written or co-written or produced hits by other acts including "Baby Talk" (producer) by Jan and Dean and "Wonderful World" (co-writer) by Sam Cooke.

    Here is a list of A&M Records acts.

    List of former A&M Records artists - Wikipedia


  20. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Drummer Buddy Rich held a black belt in karate.
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