Category: Did you know?

One hit wonder writers

Here is a list of 25 UK hit singles that were written or co-written by an artist who had one UK hit in their own right. There are many more, but here’s the first 25 I came up with.

Hit version (s) Song One hit wonder writer
Cliff Richard / Cliff & Young Ones Living Doll Lionel Bart
Starship Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now Albert Hammond
Matthews Southern Comfort Woodstock Joni Mitchell
Blondie / Atomic Kitten The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling) John Holt
Sweet Sensation Sad Sweet Dreamer David Parton
Anita Ward Ring My Bell Frederick Knight
Yolanda Be Cool Vs D Cup We No Speak Americano Renato Carosone
Osmonds / Boyzone Love Me For A Reason Johnny Bristol
Art Garfunkel / Stephen Gately Bright Eyes Mike Batt
Krew Kats Trambone Chet Atkins
Archies / Sakkarin / Duke Baysee Sugar Sugar Andy Kim
Jane Morgan The Day The Rain’s Came Gilbert Becaud
New Seekers Circles Harry Chapin
Shakin’ Stevens Shirley John Fred
Amen Corner / American Breed Bend Me Shape Me Scott English
Glady’s Knight & The Pips Part Time Love David Gates
Jermaine Jackson Let’s Get Serious Lee Garrett
Hollies Bus Stop Graham Gouldman
Bobby Darin / Four Tops / Robert Plant If I Were A Carpenter Tim Hardin
Johnny Preston Running Bear The Big Bopper
George Benson In Your Eyes Dan Hill
Kym Sims Too Blind To See It Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
Nashville Teens Tobacco Road John D. Loudermilk
Andy Williams Happy Heart James Last
Pasadenas Tribute (Right On) Pete Wingfield
Barbra Streisand / Gladys Knight The Way We Were Marvin Hamlisch
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Most streamed female singers on Apple music

Here is a list of the top 20 most-streamed female artist in the four-year history of Apple Music. The number three and two acts have over two billion streams and the number one act has over three billion.

Rank Singer
20 Billie Eilish
19 Ella Mai
18 Mariah Carey
17 Camila Cabello
16 P!nk
15 Katy Perry
14 Selena Gomez
13 Demi Lovato
12 SZA
11 Lana Del Rey
10 Halsey
9 Lady Gaga
8 Sia
7 Adele
6 Cardi B
5 Nicki Minaj
4 Beyonce
3 Rihanna
2 Taylor Swift
1 Ariana Grande
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Short Marriages

13 is an unlucky number, so here is a list of 13 music-related couple (at least one half) who suffered a short marriage.

Couple Length of marriage
Katy Perry and Russell Brand 14 Months
Ojani Noa and Jennifer Lopez 313 days
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd 218 Days
Aaliyah and R. Kelly 5 Months & 8 Days
Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney 4 Months
Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson 4 Months
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito 122 days
Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley 3 Months
Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine 32 Days
Sinead O’Connor and Barry Herridgein 18 days
Cher and Gregg Allman 9 Days
Dennis Hopper and Michelle Phillips 8 Days
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander 55 hours
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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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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?

ArtistTrackYearPosition
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
SkyToccata19805
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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