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Bands with two members with the same first name

There are many groups that have members with the same first name and there are many variations on it too, but here are 20 that came to mind.

Beautiful South Dave Rotheray Dave Stead
Belle and Sebastian Stuart David Stuart Murdoch
Buzzcocks Steve Diggle Steve Garvey
Deep Purple Ian Pace Ian Gillan
Def Leppard Rick Allen Rick Savage
Devo Bob Mothersbaugh Bob Casale
Eagles Don Henley Don Felder
Faces Ronnie Lane Ronnie Wood
Faith No More Mike Patton Mike Bordin
Free Paul Rodgers Paul Kossoff
Led Zeppelin John Bonham John Paul Jones
Level 42 Mark King Mark Lindup
Manfred Mann Mike Hugg Mike D’Abo
Marillion Steve Rotheray Steve Hogarth
Monty Python Terry Jones Terry Gilliam
New world John Lee John Kane
Pink Floyd Roger Waters Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett
Rolling Stones Mick Jagger Mick Taylor
Spice Girls Mel B Mel C
They Might Be Giants John Flansburgh John Linnell

Some interesting musical facts

EMI stands for Electrical and Musical Instruments.

There was a heavy metal band in the 70s called Blackjack, their lead singer was Michael Bolton.

Moby is so named because his great, great grand-uncle is Herman Melville who wrote Moby Dick.

Ed Sheeran slept on Jamie Foxx’s couch for six weeks before he made it big in the music business.

When Carly Simon was a child she suffered from extreme stammering and, by her own admission, “Could hardly put together a complete sentence.”

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

The actor Billy Crystal’s uncle is Milt Gabler who produced three UK number ones including Bill Haley’s (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock. In 1993, Crystal inducted him into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 

Panic! at the Disco started out as a Blink-182 covers band.

Celine Dion is the youngest of 14 children.

In Ariana Grande’s video for God Is a Woman, Madonna was the voice of God.

I’ve done this one before, but worth trying to get your head round it again…..At age 47, the Rolling Stones’ bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother’s blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill’s 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy’s mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father’s father-in-law and his own grandpa.

Bee Gees’ penned songs for others

The Gibb brothers, in various combinations, have been credited on 69 UK chart hits for other artists whether it be a cover of a Bee Gees song or a song specifically written for them. Here is the list,

Artist Title Peak Position Writer (s) Comments
1 Barbra Streisand Woman In Love 1 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
2 Diana Ross Chain Reaction 1 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Michael Jackson
3 Take That How Deep Is Your Love 1 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
4 Boyzone Words 1 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
5 Steps Tragedy 1 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
6 Vanessa Jenkins & Bryn West Feat Sir Tom Jones & Robin Gibb Barry Islands In The Stream 1 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
7 Dionne Warwick Heartbreaker 2 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
8 N-Trance Feat Ricardo Da Force Stayin’ Alive 2 Dale Longworth/Kevin O’Toole/Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
9 Pras Michel Feat Odb And Mya Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are) 2 Pras Michel/Jean/Jones/Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/James Brown/Bobby Byrd/Ronald Lenhoff Borrows from Islands In The Stream
10 911 More Than A Woman 2 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
11 Steps Chain Reaction 2 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
12 One True Voice Sacred Trust 2 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb : Steve Parker/Daniel Pearce/Pete Waterman
13 Frankie Valli Grease 3 Barry Gibb
14 Blockster You Should Be… 3 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
15 Destiny’s Child Emotion 3 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
16 Yvonne Elliman If I Can’t Have You 4 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
17 Marbles Only One Woman 5 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
18 Nina Simone To Love Somebody 5 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
19 Alistair Griffin Duet With Robin Gibb My Lover’s Prayer 5 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb
20 Liz Mcclarnon Woman In Love 5 Robin Gibb/Barry Gibb :
21 Yvonne  Elliman Love Me 6 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
22 Candi Staton Nights On Broadway 6 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
23 Pras Michel Blue Angels 6 Pras Michel/Barry Gibb/Jerry Duplessis
24 Martine  Mccutcheon Love Me 6 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
25 Lil Bow Wow Bow Wow (That’s My Name) 6 Jermaine Dupri/Bryan-Michael Cox/Barry Gibb Samples Andy Gibb’s Shadow Dancing
26 Tavares More Than A Woman 7 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
27 Jimmy Ruffin Hold On To My Love 7 Robin Gibb/Blue Weaver
28 Kenny Rogers Duet With Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream 7 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
29 Boogie Box High Jive Talkin’ 7 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
30 Jimmy Somerville To Love Somebody 8 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
31 Andy Gibb An Everlasting Love 10 Barry Gibb
32 Dionne Warwick All The Love In The World 10 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
33 Samantha Sang Emotion 11 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
34 Kim Wilde If I Can’t Have You 12 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
35 Wyclef Jean Feat Refugee Allstars We Trying To Stay Alive 13 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Wyclef Jean/Mitchell/John Forte Samples Stayin’ Alive
36 Cliff Richard I Cannot Give You My Love 13 Barry Gibb/Ashley Gibb
37 Adam Garcia Night Fever 15 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
38 Michael Bolton To Love Somebody 16 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
39 Startrax Startrax Club Disco (Medley) 18 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Bruce Baxter
40 Engelbert Humperdinck Sweetheart 22 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb
41 Leo Sayer Heart (Stop Beating In Time) 22 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
42 The Mixmasters The Night Fever Megamix (Medley) 23 Ronald Bell/Robert Bell/Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Leroy Green/Ron Kersey
43 Feliciano, Jose And The Sun Will Shine 25 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
44 Rita Coolidge Words 25 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
45 Andy Gibb I Just Wanna Be Your Everything 26 Andy Gibb/Barry Gibb
46 Marbles The Walls Fell Down 28 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
47 Andy Gibb (Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away 32 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
48 Barbra Streisand And Barry Gibb Guilty 34 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
49 R. Kelly & Jay-Z Honey 35 R.Kelly/Shawn Carter/Samuel Barnes/Jean Claude Olivier/Maurice Gibb/Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb Samples Love You Inside Out by the Bee Gees
50 Snoop Dogg Ups And Downs 36 Calvin Broadus/Warryn Campbell/Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb Samples The Bee Gees’ Love You Inside Out
51 Portrait How Deep Is Your Love 41 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
52 Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing 42 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
53 Craig Mclachlan Grease 44 Barry Gibb
54 De Souza Feat Shena Guilty 46 Barry Gibb/Albhy Galuten/Chris Morris/Lou Mullen/Ric Salmon
55 Diana Ross Experience 47 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Andy Gibb
56 Frankie Valli, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Grease The Dream Mix (Medley) 47 Barry Gibb/Louis St Louis/Scott Simon/John Farrar
57 Fever Featuring Tippa Irie Staying Alive 95 48 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
58 Faith No More I Started A Joke 49 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
59 Lulu Let Me Wake Up In Your Arms 51 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
60 Teri De Sario Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Keep Me From You 52 Barry Gibb
61 Black Eyed Peas Joints And Jam 53 Allen Pineda/William Adams/Jaime Gomez/Paul Poli/Greg Phillinganes/Barry Gibb/Trevor Smith Samples Grease by Fraankie Valli
62 Lyte Funkie Ones Can’t Have You 54 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Rich Cronin/Brad Young/Dow Brain/Dakari
63 Kenny Rogers Eyes That See In The Dark 61 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb
64 Rebekah Ryan Woman In Love 64 Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
65 Carol Douglas Night Fever 66 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
66 Richard Ace Stayin’ Alive 66 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb
67 Dionne Warwick Yours 66 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb
68 Diana Ross Eaten Alive 71 Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb
69 The Soldiers With Robin Gibb I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You 75 Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb

The 20 biggest-selling solo males artists in the world

Following on from last week, now here is a list of the 20 biggest-selling solo males artists in the world with 36 million+ records worldwide.

Rank Artist Sales
20 Bob Dylan 36m
19 Tupac Shakur 36.5m
18 Tim McGraw 37.5m
17 Rod Stewart 38.2m
16 Eric Clapton 40.1m
15 Alan Jackson 43.5m
14 Bob Seger 44.5m
13 Kenny Rogers 47.5m
12 Kenny G 48m
11 Neil Diamond 49.5m
10 Eminem 61.5m
9 Bruce Springsteen 65.5m
8 George Strait 69m
7 Elton John 79m
6 Billy Joel 85m
5 Michael Jackson 89m
4 Paul McCartney 116m
3 Elvis Presley 146.5m
2 Phil Collins 150.1m
1 Garth Brooks 157m


Groups who have sold 100million+ records worldwide

There are 21 bands who have sold 100 million or more records (combined albums and singles) worldwide.Here is the list…

Rank Group Sales
21 Dire Straits 100m
20 Backstreet Boys 100.1m
19 Guns ‘N Roses 100.5m
18 Bon Jovi 101.8m
17 Linkin Park 102.3m
16 Red Hot Child Peppers 102.6m
15 Coldplay 103.1m
14 Bee Gees 120m
13 Fleetwood Mac 121m
12 Maroon 5 121.5m
11 Metallica 125m
10 ABBA 150m
9 Aerosmith 150.2m
8 U2 150.5m
7 Rolling Stones 200m
6 AC/DC 200.2m
5 Eagles 201m
4 Queen 204m
3 Pink Floyd 250m
2 Led Zeppelin 300m
1 Beatles 600m

Most weeks at number one on the French singles chart

Here are the 16 singles that spent 13 weeks or more at number one in the French singles chart.

Weeks at no. 1 Artist Title Year
20 Lou Bega Mambo no.5 (A Little Bit of…) 1999
18 Daniel Lavoie, Patrick Fiori & Garou Belle 1998
17 Philippe D’Avilla, Damien Sargue & Grégori Baquet Les Rois du monde (Roméo et Juliette) 2000
16 Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry 7 Seconds 1994
15 Jordy Dur dur d’être bébé! 1992
15 Freddie Mercury Living on My Own 1993
15 Yannick Ces Soirées-là 2000
15 O-Zone Dragostea Din Tei 2004
15 Ilona Mitrecey Un Monde Parfait 2005
15 Images Les Démons de minuit 1986
15 Licence IV Viens boire un p’tit coup à la maison 1987
15 Coolio (feat. L.V.) Gangsta’s Paradise 1995
13 Gala Freed from Desire 1997
13 Céline Dion My Heart Will Go on 1998
13 Crazy Frog Axel F 2005
13 René la Taupe Mignon Mignon 2010