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Some fascinating music facts

The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik in a house that was owned by Harry Houdini.

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez used to make YouTube videos together.

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

Prince played 27 different instruments on his debut album For You in 1978.

Beck was once a model for Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring 2013 Collection.

Ariana Grande was the first person to have the debut single from her first three albums enter the Billboard Hot 100 top 10.

Contrary to popular belief, Les Miserables is not set during the French Revolution of 1789. The action begins in 1815 and spans 20 years.

Dan Wilson who co-wrote and played piano on Adele’s Someone Like You was a member of the 90s group Semisonic.

A single violin is made from over 70 individual pieces of wood.

The first letter of the first names of each member of the Bay City Rollers when put in the right order spell out Slade.


Oldest Living acts to have a UK chart hit

Here is a list of the top 20 oldest living solo artists to have had a UK hit single. There are others who would fit this category, but did not have a solo hit. All this is based on available information at the time. Incidentally, the oldest living person who was a member of a group is Teddie Beverly from the Beverly Sisters who was born on 5th May 1927.

Rank Artist Month born Year UK No. 1
20= Pat Suzuki 22 September 1930
20= Joni James 22 September 1930
18 Clint Eastwood 31 May 1930
17 Rolf Harris 30 March 1930 yes
16 Mitchell Torok 28 October 1929
15 Leroy Van Dyke 04 October 1929
14 C.W McCall 15 November 1928
13 Marcello Minerbi 07 August 1928
12 Burt Bacharach 12 May 1928
11 Cleo Laine 28 October 1927
10 Dick Hyman 08 March 1927
9 Harry Belafonte 01 March 1927 yes
8 Laurie Johnson 07 February 1927
7 Robert Earl 17 November 1926
6 Tony Bennett 03 August 1926 yes
5 Mel Brooks 28 June 1926
4 Sue Thompson 19 July 1925
3 Bill Hayes 05 June 1925
2 Jane Morgan 03 May 1924 yes
1 Ray Anthony 20 January 1922

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