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#MusicFacts | 25 Frank Zappa Music Facts

1 In 1964, Ray Collins, drummer Jimmy Carl Black, bassist Roy Estrada, saxophonist Dave Coronado, and guitarist Ray Hunt formed The Soul Giants. Hunt was eventually replaced by Frank Zappa, and the group evolved into the Mothers of Invention. 2 In 1968 Zappa appeared on The Monkees TV show dressed as guitarist Mike Nesmith. Later he was shown “playing” a car by repeatedly beating it. 3 Freak Out! released in 1966, is often cited as one of rock music’s first concept albums. The album is a satirical expression of Zappa’s perception of American pop culture. 4 Zappa’s first band...

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#MusicFacts | Whitney Houston Music Facts

American singer and actress Whitney Houston died in Los Angeles on 11th Feb 2012 at the age of 48. Houston died in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she had been staying as a guest. Police received an emergency call from hotel security at 15.43 local time (23:43 GMT). Police were despatched, and paramedics at the hotel attempted to resuscitate her, without success. She was pronounced dead at 15:55. Whitney Houston had been planning to attend a pre-Grammys party thrown by her mentor and close friend, Clive Davis. According to the LA Times, she was due to...

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#MusicFacts | Spice Girls Music Facts

Their first managers placed the following ad in Stage Magazine: “WANTED: R.U. 18–23 with the ability to sing/dance? R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated? Heart Management Ltd. are a widely successful music industry management consortium currently forming a choreographed, singing/dancing, all-female pop act for a recording deal. Open audition. Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street. Friday 4 March. 11 am-5:30 pm. Please bring sheet music or backing cassette”. About 400 women who answered the ad. Geri Halliwell had seen the ad but went skiing in Spain and missed the audition because her face got sunburnt. Before becoming The Spice Girls, the...

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#MusicFacts | Paul McCartney Music Facts

Paul McCartney was the only Beatle wearing a beard during the recording and filming of the ‘Let It Be’ album and movie. Ironically, he was the only Beatle without a beard on the cover of ‘Abbey Road’, which was recorded the same year as ‘Let It Be’. Saturday is the only day of the week not mentioned in the Beatles song “Lady Madonna.” Paul once bought a racehorse for his dad named Drakes Drum. Paul was just 15 years old when he first met John Lennon. Paul once told a reporter that Yoko Ono looked like a gigantic swollen...

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#MusicFacts | U2 Music Facts

Larry Mullen, Jr., then a 14-year-old student at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, posted a note on the school’s notice board in search of musicians for a new band—six people responded. U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. As a young teen in Dublin, the artist formerly known as Paul Hewson was a member of the street gang called ‘Lypton Village.’ His buddies started calling him Bono Vox after the neighborhood hearing-aid store Bonavox (latin for ‘good voice’). He’s been known...

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