Music Trivia


Music Trivia

Music is truly the universal language. There are millions of different kinds of music, and trillions of different songs and different artists. Even those that aren’t avid music-lovers have at least one song that they truly love. The fact is that just about everyone can relate to some kind of music, regardless of where it comes from or what it means for them. Listed below are some great and little-known facts about music.

  • To 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.

  • Paul Goldmark invented the LP (long-playing) record in 1948. Although it has had a decline in popularity, there are still 10 million LPs sold every year.

  • 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 anthems.

  • The British 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.

  • Elvis also 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 act.

  • Before calling themselves “Journey”, Steve Perry’s band was called Golden Gate Rhythm Section.

  • The Buffalo 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 billion records.

  • 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.

  • The musical instrument that has the highest sales in the world is the harmonica.

  • Clint Eastwood 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 commercial.

  • U2’s original name was Feedback.

  • 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.

  • Beethoven couldn’t even hear his own Ninth Symphony when he composed it. He was deaf. 

Music Trivia

Music Trivia

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