35 Music Secret Histories We Thought Were Just Legends

35 Music Secret Histories We Thought Were Just Legends

We love music. Who doesn’t? But ‘round these parts, we value music facts a whole heck of a lot more than the music itself. We’re weird like that. Yep, you can catch us bopping our heads and playing air facts to the hit single, “Charles Manson Was Once a Dear Friend of The Beach Boys.” Give it a read!

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J. Cole was a first-chair violinist in high school. From 5th to 12th grade, the emcee played violin, earning the top spot at Terry Sanford High School. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water recounts a real tragedy. The story in the lyrics actually happened - the band was in Montreux, Switzerland, when some stupid with a flare gun burned down the casino where they were supposed to record an album using a mobile studio. otour

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Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline is named after JFK's daughter. Diamond needed a three-syllable name to fit the song he was writing. Then he remembered a photo of 7-year-old Caroline Kennedy he had seen in a magazine. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Dolly Parton's Jolene was a real woman. Parton kept teasing her husband about a red-headed bank teller who gave him a lot of attention. (Her name wasn't Jolene, though t that name came from a little girl Parton met while signing autographs.)

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THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS ISN'T ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. It's about the Second Coming, and by extension, the end of the world. It's based on scriptures from the book of Revelation, which is the apocalyptic part of the Bible. CRACKED COM Revelation 19615

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THE STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ARE NAMED AFTER THE STP OIL LOGO. STP Their original name, Mighty Joe Young, wasn't available. They came up with the name Stone Temple Pilots because they liked the look of the three-letter logo on the sticker on singer Scott Weiland's motorcycle. CRACKED.COM http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Stone_Temple_Pilots.aspx

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STEVEN TYLER WROTE THE SONG WALK THIS WAY WHEN НЕ HEARD MARTY FELDMAN USE THE PHRASE IN YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Not unironically, it was Run-DMC's cover of the song that brought Aerosmith back from the dead in the 1980s. CRACKED.COM 9109 97

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DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY IS ABOUT VINCE NEIL, FROM MÖTLEY CRÜE. According to Steven Tyler, the boys from Aerosmith spotted Neil from the back, in a bar, and assumed he was a woman. When he turned around, they realized their mistake and started riffing with the phrase, dude looks like a lady. CRACKED.COM http://wwwchuffingtonpost.com/sue-kerr/aerosmith-dude-looks-like-a-lady_b_3848538.html

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SHADY TIES FRANK SINATRA AND THE MOB His close ties to Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana were well documented by the FBI, and many say that The Godfather character Johnny Fontane was clearly based on Sinatra. CRACKED

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