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#FunFacts about ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’

On the 26th March 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first US #1 single when “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin’s 15th solo hit and also his first UK #1 single in March 69. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is a landmark song in the history of Motown records. Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1966, the single was first recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. Just hold it there for a moment; let’s re-wind. Written by Whitfield and Strong, who were the Rodgers and Hammerstein/Lennon...

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#FunFacts | Amy Winehouse Music Facts

Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Her father, Mitchell “Mitch” Winehouse, was a taxi driver, her mother, Janis Winehouse, a pharmacist. Her grandmother, Cynthia, was a singer.   She attended the Earnshaw school for four years and founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour with Juliette Ashby, her childhood friend. Winehouse received her first guitar when she was 13 and began writing music a year later. Winehouse’s greatest love was 1960s girl groups. Her stylist, Alex Foden, borrowed her “instantly recognisable” beehive hairdo and she borrowed her Cleopatra makeup from The Ronettes. In 2007 she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times: once in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me”, once in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab”, and once in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically...

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#FunFacts | Wild Things UK Tour 1967

The 16-date UK package tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, and Amen Corner presented two shows a night, and at each gig, the headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes. The Move, who preceded Hendrix onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes. Tickets cost from 7/6 to 15 shillings (37.5p to 75p). Thirty-one shows in 16 cities, all between 14 November and 5 December 1967, can you imagine such a tour taking place today? “No” is the answer. Which is a shame; what a great way...

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#FunFacts | 25 Madonna Music Facts

1 Madonna was the third of six children: Martin, Anthony, Paula, Christopher, and Melanie. She was the eldest daughter. 2 Upon securing the role for the 1996 film Evita, Madonna underwent intense vocal training and studied the history of Argentina, as well as Eva Perón. 3 Madonna’s style became one of the female fashion trends of the 1980s. Created by stylist and jewelry designer Maripol, the look consisted of lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing the crucifix, bracelets, and bleached hair. 4 Nile Rodgers from Chic was chosen as the primary producer of Madonna’s 1984...

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#FunFacts | Bohemian Rhapsody

On Aug 24th 1975, Queen started recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Queen singer Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs. And what a song it turned out to be! Amazingly it almost didn’t make it as a single. Queen’s record company EMI were reluctant to release it as a single but events turned after the band slipped a copy...

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