45 Little-Known Bits of Trivia About Pop Stars and Their Craft

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45 Little-Known Bits of Trivia About Pop Stars and Their Craft

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Zoot Suit Riot CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES CRACKED.COM Now you sailors know where your women come for love says the singer of this 90s swing tune, referencing the real 1943 Zoot Suit Riots where Navy servicemen assaulted minorities.

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CRACKED THE BLACK STRAT (DAVID GILMOUR) The 1969 Fender Stratocaster had been with the Pink Floyd guitarist since 1970, appearing on every album between 1970 and 1983. It was recently sold at a charity auction for $4 million to Colts owner Jim Irsay, because a piece of music history should definitely be in some rich dude's living room.

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CRACKED FENDER PRECISION BASS (JAMES JAMERSON) The early years of Motown would not have been the same without the steady thumping of James Jamerson, one of the grandfathers of modern bass playing. Jamerson was a devotee of the Fender Precision, which can be heard through iconic records such as Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.

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CRACKED RIC 4001 (GEDDY LEE) To non-bassists, the Rickenbacker 4001 looks more like a coffee table than a proper instrument. The gargantuan bass's grindy tone was especially favored by the Rush frontman, becoming a staple instrument of the band's live shows.

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CRACKED HOFNER 500/1 BASS GUITAR (PAUL MCCARTNEY) The instantly recognisable bass has been with McCartney from The Beatles early days playing clubs in Germany to their final rooftop concert in London, and beyond, with it making several appearances throughout his solo career.

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CRACKED LUCILLE (B.B. KING) 'Lucille' was the name given to many of the Gibson ES-335 and ES-355's owned by the Blues Legend. When a fire at a venue started by two men fighting over a woman nearly killed him, King chose her name, Lucille, as the nickname for his guitars.

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First Aid Kit was inspired by the dictionary. Klara Söderberg said, I was 13...and looking through a dictionary, looking for a name...I think music should be like a consolation to help you get through everyday life... CRACKED.COM

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Fountains of Wayne was named after a lawn ornament store. In Wayne, NJ, there was a store with the name, and the band thought it was amusing. CRACKED.COM

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Jimmy Eat World was making fun of the guitarist's little brother's weight. Tom Linton's younger brother Jimmy was the subject of childhood taunting, which is how the band eventually acquired its mean-spirited name. CRACKED.COM

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311 is an Omaha police code for indecent exposure. The guitarist got arrested for skinny dippinng, so they used the citation code as a band name. CRACKED.COM

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The 1975 was named after a journal entry. Matty Healy found an old book in a yard sale that had an entry dated 1st June, The 1975. CRACKED.COM

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Lady Gaga was inspired by Queen. She was first called Gaga as a reference to Queen's song Radio Ga-Ga. CRACKED.COM

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