What happened behind the scenes on your favorite classic rock albums?
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Here are some surprising facts from the world of rock and roll:
1. Brian Jones, the musical genius
It’s hard for most people to learn to play a musical instrument, but it’s probably even harder to choose different instruments and learn to play each one – and be good at it. domain. Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones mastered over 10 instruments – guitar, harmonica, piano, sitar, organ, trumpet, recorder, marimba, saxophone, oboe , percussion, xylophone… the list goes on. He even taught Mick Jagger to play the harmonica!
2. Doors and billboards
The charm of Jim Morrison and the talent of the group were perhaps not the only reasons for their success. The Doors were the first band to use billboards as an advertising medium. They used it to promote their debut album, released in 1967. Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman is known to have said it was “a business card for the artist, but a very big visit”.
3. The oldest fan club in rock history
Classic rock fans are fiercely loyal. But can they be more dedicated than Queen fans? Guinness World Records named The Official International Queen Fan Club as the “longest-running rock band fan club”. It was founded in February 1974 when Queen released their debut album. The club organizers are serious about what they do – they publish quarterly magazines, sell merchandise, and never fail to hold an annual convention. The practice still continues today.
4. Angelina Jolie’s Uncle and the Rock Connection
The song Wild Thing was a huge hit for The Troggs – it topped the Billboard US 100 chart and reached number two in the UK. The song was written by Chip Taylor, brother of Jon Voight, father of Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. On HBO’s hit TV show Game of Thrones, Jon Snow jokes and sings “Wildling” instead of “Wild Thing,” a tongue-in-cheek rendition of the popular song.
5. Nirvana got kicked out of their release party
The band’s listening party was held at a restaurant in downtown Seattle, and organizers knew the band – which was known for its pranks – would likely do a little mischief. The night started well with the group signing autographs, but at some point in the evening they started a food fight – tamale and guacamole were thrown across the room. The party descended into chaos. A watermelon filled with ranch dressing was the last straw for the security of the establishment – they quickly escorted the group out of the restaurant.
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