become a gold-selling album, an album needs to sell 100,000
copies in Britain and 500,000 in the United States.
Dame Nellie Melba,
an Australian opera singer, is where Melba Toast got its name.
In 1876, the year
the telephone was invented, music was sent over a telephone wire
for the first time.
Philips and Sony
developed the creation of the compact disc in 1980.
On an annual
average, there are approximately 2.4 billion CDs sold every
year. This is a combination of recorded CDs and blank CDs and
the total number sold of each is about equal.
invented the LP (long-playing) record in 1948. Although it has
had a decline in popularity, there are still 10 million LPs sold
The United States
took “The Star-Spangled Banner” as their national anthem in
1931. Before that the national anthem had been “My Country ‘Tis
of Thee,” which has the same tune as Britain’s national anthem,
“God Save the Queen.” John Bull wrote the melody in 1619 and
that melody has been used more than any other song in national
national anthem has been played more times in a single
performance than any other anthem. It was played seventeen times
by a German band in 1909 while they were waiting for King Edward
VII to finish dressing.
Al Dvorin was the
first to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the
building. Thank you and good night.” He said this at a concert
where Elvis had performed in Minneapolis in 1954.
Elvis was a
collector of official badges. He had a police badge from just
about every city that he ever performed in.
collected guns. His collection held over forty pieces and
included M-16s and a Thompson submachine gun.
Duran Duran got
their name from a movie called “Barbarella.” A mad scientist in
the movie went by the same name.
Bob Dylan’s first
performance as a professional musician was for John Lee Hooker
at Gerde’s Folk City in New York in 1961. Dylan was the opening
themselves “Journey”, Steve Perry’s band was called Golden Gate
Convention Centre held the world’s largest disco in 1969. There
were 13,000 dancers and they were entered into The Guinness Book
of World Records.
Peter Stewart of
Birmingham, UK also set a world disco record. His was the
longest time anyone ever disco danced. He set the record in
August of 1983 by disco dancing for 408 hours.
Annie Lennox has
won the most British music awards. She has won eight of them.
The Beatles are
the band to have sold the most copies of records in the United
States with 106 million. Garth Brooks comes in second with 92
million, Led Zeppelin is in third with 83 million, Elvis Presley
has sold 77 million, and the Eagles rank fifth with 65 million.
Throughout the entire world, The Beatles have sold over one
The first Grammy
Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959. Domenico Modugno won
for Record of the Year, for his album “Volare.” Frank Sinatra
and Peggy Lee were also competing in the same category.
The first pop
musical video was released in 1975. The video was “Bohemian
Rhapsody” by Queen.
instrument that has the highest sales in the world is the
wrote the theme songs from the movies, “Unforgiven”, “A Perfect
World”, “Bridges of Madison County”, and “Absolute Power.”
Until he married
Linda Eastman in London 1969, Paul McCartney was the last Beatle
to get married. His brother, Mike, was his best man and there
were no other Beatle’s in attendance at the ceremony.
“We’ve Only Just
Begun,” by the Carpenters was originally used for a bank
U2’s original name
The top three
selling singles of all time are: “Candle in the Wind ‘97” by
Elton John, “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, and “Rock Around
The Clock” by Bill Haley.
even hear his own Ninth Symphony when he composed it. He was