11 musical ‘did you know’ facts

The London Symphony Orchestra was originally booked to perform on the Titanic on its maiden voyage, but they ended up on another boat at the last minute.

The German composer Robert Schumann often plunged his hands into the entrails of a slaughtered animal to heal his ailments.

Axl Rose used to earn $8 an hour by smoking cigarettes for a science experiment at University of California, Los Angeles.

The actress Angelina Jolie’s uncle was the song writer Chip Taylor who wrote Wild Thing for the Troggs, On My Word for Cliff Richard and I Can’t Let Go for the Hollies.

AC/DC’s guitarist Malcolm Young once worked in a bra factory as a sewing-machine mechanic.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark contains 29 letters in the name and they had 29 UK hit singles.

Billie Holiday was once a babysitter for the comedian Billy Crystal.

On 30th December 1916 Rasputin died in the Russian city of St Petersburg, on the same date in 2010 Bobby Farrell from Boney M, who mimed the lyrics to their hit Rasputin, also died in St Petersburg.

The Clash’s 1982 hit Rock the Casbah was inspired by the banning of rock music in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

Led Zeppelin’s track Black Dog got its name from a black Labrador retriever that would wander the grounds of Headley Grange where they recorded the song.

The night after Frank Sinatra died, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City were turned blue.

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