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    Updated on Apr 24, 2020. Posted on Apr 23, 2020

    25 Music Facts I Find Unbelievably Interesting, Even Though I'm Not A Baby Boomer

    Did ya know Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond went to high school together?

    1. Paul McCartney said the melody for the Beatles' "Yesterday" came to him in a dream.


    "I woke up with a lovely tune in my head. I thought, That's great; I wonder what that is?"

    2. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin is actually a cover — it was written and originally recorded by Otis Redding.

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    3. Speaking of the Queen of Soul, she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987.


    4. Tina Turner was the one who taught Mick Jagger how to dance when she toured with the Rolling Stones in the '60s.

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    5. In her will, Janis Joplin left $2,500 for her friends to throw a party in her honor instead of a traditional funeral.

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    6. Popular Motown artists like the Supremes and the Marvelettes were required to attend a charm school to learn proper etiquette and posture.

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    7. In the '70s, David Bowie's diet was mainly just milk, red peppers, and cocaine.


    8. Jimi Hendrix learned how to play "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" only three days after the Beatles released it, and performed it at a show with Paul McCartney and George Harrison in the audience.

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    9. Carole King's legendary album Tapestry spent 318 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart — the longest time for a female artist...

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    ...until Adele broke King's record in 2011 with her album 21.

    10. Motown founder Berry Gordy didn't want Marvin Gaye to release "What's Going On" because he thought it was too political. Gaye went on a recording strike until Gordy approved, and once he did, it became Motown's fastest-selling song at the time.


    11. John Lennon didn't give Yoko Ono songwriting credit for "Imagine," even though he pulled the majority of the lyrics from her book of poetry Grapefruit, published in 1964.

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    12. Sonny & Cher's original stage name was Caesar & Cleo.

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    13. Because other musicians were late, Richie Havens ended up performing first at the Woodstock festival. Every time he tried ending his set, they pushed him back onstage, which is why his setlist was over two hours long.

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    14. Carly Simon wrote her hit song "Anticipation" while waiting for Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) to come over to her apartment for a date.

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    15. Chuck Berry successfully sued the Beach Boys for stealing the melody to his 1958 song "Sweet Little Sixteen" for their 1963 hit "Surfin' U.S.A."

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    Berry didn't get songwriting credit for "Surfin' U.S.A." until 1966.

    16. After Barbra Streisand appeared on The Judy Garland Show in 1963, Garland would visit Streisand's apartment in New York City to give her career advice, saying things like, "Don't let them do to you what they did to me."


    17. Before every concert performance, Stevie Nicks listens to one of her favorite Joni Mitchell songs, "Blonde in the Bleachers."

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    "I never saw myself as the girl in the song — I identified with the rock 'n' roll star. I was never gonna be the groupie. I was the star, I was sure of that. I listen to that song to this day."

    18. Chaka Khan's real name is Yvette Marie Stevens.

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    19. Smokey Robinson was the songwriter behind major hits for other artists in the '60s, like "My Girl" by the Temptations and "My Guy" by Mary Wells.

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    20. Crosby, Stills & Nash formed their group at an impromptu jam session at Cass Elliot's house in Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon neighborhood.

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    21. Big Mama Thornton originally released "Hound Dog" in 1953, three years before Elvis Presley made it a hit.

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    22. Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand went to the same high school together in Brooklyn.


    23. Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston are first cousins.


    24. The first musical guests on Saturday Night Live were Janis Ian and Billy Preston.


    25. And Dolly Parton wrote "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" in the SAME DAY.


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