Category: Did you know?

Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia
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Acts from literature

Here is a list of 33 acts whose name was inspired by literary works or directly taken from book titles or character in them.

ActBook nameAuthor
A Flock of SeagullsJonathan Livingston SeagullRichard Bach
Art of NoiseArt of NoisesLuigi Russolo
Belle and SebastianBelle et SébastienCécile Aubry
Big Brother and the Holding Company1984George OrwelL
Billy TalentHard Core LogoMichael Turner
Boo RadleysTo Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee
Bronski BeatThe Tin DrumGünter Grass
ColdplayChild's Reflection, Cold PlayPhilip Horky
DoorsThe Doors of PerceptionAldous Huxley
Generation XGeneration XJane Deverson and Charles Hamblett
Good CharlotteGood Charlotte: The Girls of Good Day OrphanageCarol Beach York
Heaven 17A Clockwork OrangeAnthony Burgess
Icicle WorksThe Day the Icicle Works ClosedFrederik Pohl
Level 42The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams
Manhattan TransferManhattan TransferJohn Dos Passos
MarillionThe SilmarillionJ.R.R. Tolkien
MobyMoby DickHerman Melville
MolokoA Clockwork OrangeAnthony Burgess
Mott the HoopleMott the HoopleWillard Manus
My Chemical RomanceEcstasy: Three Tales Of Chemical RomanceIrvine Welsh
Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsThe Bad SeedWilliam March
Primal ScreamPrimal ScreamArthur Janov
SilverchairThe Silver ChairC.S. Lewis
Sixpence None the RicherMere ChristianityC.S. Lewis
Steely DanNaked LunchWilliam S. Burroughs
SteppenwolfSteppenwolfHermann Hesse
SupertrampThe Autobiography of a Super-TrampWilliam Henry Davies
Tears For FearsThe Primal ScreamArthur Janov
The FallThe FallAlbert Camus
Thompson TwinsThe Adventures of TintinHergé (aka Georges Prosper Remi)
Uriah HeepDavid CopperfieldCharles Dickens
Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet UndergroundMichael Leigh
Veruca SaltCharlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
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Martin Luther King

Many songs have been written about many people, but Martin Luther King has inspired more than most. Here is a list of 21 songs that have been inspired by him, a tribute to him or have ‘borrowed’ from him.

We Shall Overcome Joan Baez196526
I Had A DreamPat Boone1968-
People Got to Be FreeThe Rascals1968-
Why? (The King of Love Is Dead)Nina Simone1968-
If I Can DreamElvis Presley196911
Abraham, Martin and John Marvin Gaye19709
Dry Your EyesNeil Diamond1976-
Happy BirthdayStevie Wonder19812
Pride (In The Name Of Love) U219843
American DreamBobby Womack1984-
Gap BandSomeday198417
One VisionQueen19857
Strings of LifeRhythim is Rhythim198974
Fight The PowerPublic Enemy198929
Spiritual High (State Of Independence)Moodswings199347
Renegades Of FunkRage Against the Machine2000-
Free At LastSimon200136
Just A Little More LoveDavid Guetta feat Chris Willis200319
One Day (Vandaag)Bakermat201415
GloryJohn Legend & Common201562


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Charting classical tracks

This week’s did you know was requested by Jack Alexander who emailed and said, “Any chance on you doing a ‘did you know’ section on versions of classical pieces that have hit the charts? Not samples/nicked melodies/influenced by, I’m talking proper versions.” Well, Jack, here is a list of 41 that I’ve come up with, can anyone add any more?

Melachrino Orchestra Cond. By George MelachrinoAutumn Concerto195618
Shirley BasseyAve Maria196231
B. Bumble & The StingersNut Rocker19621
Love SculptureSabre Dance19685
Philharmonia Orchestra Cond. By Lorin MaazelThus Spake Zarathustra196933
CatsSwan Lake196948
Missa Luba Les Troubadours Du Roi BaudouinSanctus196928
Miguel RiosSong Of Joy197016
Waldo De Los RiosMozart Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K550 1st Movement (Allegro Molto)19715
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Cond. By Aram KhachaturianThe Onedin Line Theme197215
DeodataAlso Sprach Zarathustra (2001)19737
Manuel and the Music of the MountainsRodrigo's Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez (Theme From 2nd Movement)19763
Emerson, Lake and PalmerFanfare for the Common Man19772
London Symphony OrchestraTheme From Superman (Main Title)197932
John WilliamsCavatina197913
VangelisChariots Of Fire - Titles198112
VangelisHeaven And Hell 3rd Movement (Theme From The Tv Series Cosmos)198148
Royal Philharmonic OrchestraHooked On Classics 19812
Rose Of Romance OrchestraTara's Theme From Gone With The Wind198271
Royal Philharmonic OrchestraBBC World Cup Grandstand198261
John WilliamsTheme From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)198217
Olympic OrchestraReilly198326
Michael Reed OrchestraThe Music Of Torvill And Dean (EP) (Bolero)19849
United Kingdon OrchestraShades (Theme From The Crown Paint Television Commercial)198568
Orchestre De Chambre Jean-Francois PaillardCanon In D Major - Theme From T.V.'S Vietnam198861
Luis Cobos Feat Placido DomingoTurandot - Nessum Dorma (sic)199059
Luciano PavarottiNessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep)19902
Kiri Te KanawaWorld in Union19914
John WilliamsTheme From Jurassic Park199345
Lesley Garrett With Amanda ThompsonAve Maria199316
Leonard BernsteinAmerica199444
Three Tenors In Concert 1994 - Carreras Domingo Pavarotti With MehtaLibiamo, Ne' Lieti Calici (Brindisi) / La Donna E Mobile199421
Vanessa-MaeToccata And Fugue In D Minor199516
BBC Concert Orchestra Conducted By Stephen JacksonOde To Joy (From Beethoven's Symphony No. 9)199636
Wimbledon Choral SocietyWorld Cup '98 - Pavane By Faure199820
William OrbitBarber's Adagio for Strings19994
Andrea BocelliAve Maria199965
William OrbitRavel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte200031
London Symphony OrchestraBattle Of The Heroes From Star Wars Episode Iii: Revenge Of The Sith200525
London Symphony OrchestraChariots Of Fire 201251
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Biggest selling debut singles

Here is a list of the top biggest selling debut hit to make the UK singles chart. All of them have sold over a million copies, only the number one has sold over two million copies.

RankTitleArtistDebut year
15CrazyGnarls Barkley2006
14SpacemanBabylon Zoo1995
13Don't Give Up On UsDavid Soul1976
12Saturday NightWhigfield1994
11TornNatalie Imbruglia1997
10ImpossibleJames Arthur2012
9HallelujahAlexandra Burke2009
8Unchained MelodyGareth Gates2001
7WannabeSpice Girls1996
6Careless WhisperGeorge Michael1984
5…Baby One More TimeBritney Spears1999
4Three LionsBaddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds1996
3Anything Is Possible / EvergreenWill Young2001
2Unchained Melody / (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of DoverRobson & Jerome1995
1RelaxFrankie Goes To Hollywood1983
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Interesting facts

Leo Fender is one of the most famous inventors of electric guitars including the Stratocaster and Telecaster models yet he could not play the guitar himself.

The tension of the 230-odd strings in a grand piano exert a combined force of 20 tonnes on the cast iron frame.

Four weeks ago a track called The Shores of Normandy by Jim Radford entered the chart at number 72 and in doing so he became the oldest living artist to chart. He was 90.

I Write the Songs is a well-known song recorded by most Barry Manilow and David Cassidy yet neither of them wrote it, Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys did.

Gioachino Rossini wrote his aria Di tanti palpiti while waiting for some risotto in a restaurant in Venice.

In 1992, Bruno Mars had a cameo in the film Honeymoon In Vegas as an Elvis Presley impersonator called Little Elvis. He was just four years old.

Up until the end of 2018, the most ‘shazamed’ song was Wake Me Up by Avicii.

Before he was famous, Olly once appeared on Deal or No Deal where he walked away with just £10.

The only band to play on all seven continents is Metallica.

In 2016, Mozart sold more CDs than Beyoncé.

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