Towards the end of her life Marlene Dietrich was living in poverty in a Paris attic - but she had an admirer in Calif who was depressed and seeing a psych Dietrich suggested he send her the money he was paying the shrink and she would sing for him 5 nights a week.
Governor of Arkansas gave Keith Richards pardon for traffic ticket "Won't people object to preferential treatment?" "Not anyone with an IQ above plant life" says Gov.
Elvis is richest dead entertainer - died in 1977 but in 2005 made $45m from royalties; No 2 is Charles Schultz d 2000 but still made $35m 2005 from Peanuts reruns and third is John Lennon who made $22m, mainly for Yoko Ono.
When Gary Glitter made it back to England after couple of years in Vietnam jail for shagging underage boys, LST article suggested that you could have predicted such an outcome from the type of fans he attracted: "little rat-faced specimens who spent most of their time trying to crawl up the teacher's arse and who all went on to become real estate agents." At that stage all the cool kids liked T-Rex and Roxy Music and the future factory cannon-fodder went for Slade and Mud, while the 'wrong-uns' went for GG and Alvin Stardust .
Bob Geldof reckoned pop stars only made 2 levels of money: Not as much as you'd think, and More than you could ever dream of
Angered by Melody Maker's lukewarm review of their 1971 album, Meddle, Pink Floyd sent a gift to the paper's deputy editor, Michael Watts. Assuming it to be a Christmas present, Watts opened the parcel to be confronted with a wooden box concealing a spring-loaded boxing glove.
The Eagles, like many other groups, disbanded after a major attack of conflicting egos, vowing never to appear on the same stage together ever again. So, when they united for their Hell Freezes Over Tour, they managed to preserve their vows by standing on individual bits of carpet ....
Lemmy Kilmister, of Motorhead, is a fan of Airfix model bombers (the things kids grow out of when they are about 10, max). He apparently has dozens of them hanging from his bedroom ceiling. So when they went on tour of Germany, he decided the stage needed an extra prop - a large model of a Lancaster WW2 bomber. First stop Dresden, a town famously carpet-bombed into the Stone Age during WW2. Motorhead goes on stage; the lights come up, illuminating the huge British war machine hanging above them. "Good evening Dresden," yells Lemmy "I bet you haven't seen one of these for a while."
Kinks are making more money today, selling their songs for adverts, than ever did first time round.
Rolling Stones still touring - much has been made of fact that their combined age is about 1000, but thing is they can do effortlessly at 60 what they did at 20, and that's more than most people can say - one of world's great brands.
Their biographer Philip Norman once described the Rolling Stones as not so much a rock band, more a corporation that holds its occasional board meetings on stage.
In 1950 the blues master Muddy Waters released a 45-rpm single, “Rollin’ Stone,” a version of the earlier “Catfish Blues” to which he had added an original stanza: “Well, my mother told my father, / Just before I was born, / "I got a boy child's comin', / Gonna be a rollin' stone . . ."”
In 1962 the young British musician Brian Jones was forming a new blues band, and on a phone call with a club owner he was asked the name of his group. As he (by his own account) cast about in panic, his eye lit on an album by his beloved Muddy Waters and the above song title. Jones’s group would go on to decades of undreamed-of success.
An exhibition of Rolling Stones memorabilia opened this week at London’s Saatchi Gallery but almost all the women associated with the band were absent. No Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg et al. One woman, though, has remained a constant. Shirley Watts has been married to Charlie, the drummer, for 52 years. His passion, she says, is not music but cricket. One day he appeared in his living room in the full MCC rig — striped jacket and tie, white flannels, white shoes and cap. “Why are you dressed up for the cricket? It’s not until tomorrow,” Shirley asked. “I know,” he replied. “But I’m practising.”
When Jimi Hendrix pinched Keith Richards' GF Linda Keith, she 'borrowed' Keef's prized white stratocaster as she walked out the door. But she was unable to give it back bc Jimi smashed it up on stage the next night. Jimi then pinched Eric Burdon's wife, the beautiful Anglo-Indian Angie King (who Eric had pinched from fellow Animal's guitarist Andy Summers, who later became more famous in the Police.)
Aerosmith made more money in royalties from their Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game than ever made from any of their albums, which leads Activision to suggest bands should pay game developers rather than expect a licensing fee from Activision.
British speed metal band Dragonforce has song on GH3 called "Through the Fire and Flames" that is so hard to play that fans have posted show-off vids on YouTube when they get through it (and which enormously spurred their CD sales)
The Zimmers, a 40 strong band with a combined age of more than 3000, brought together for a BBC doco about the way old people get treated. Producer got them to record a cover of Who classic My Generation. Got 1.5m hits on YouTube and an appearance on Jay Leno Tonight Show (The doco put hidden cameras in old peoples homes and found that prisoners get better food and more fresh air than the oldies).
Rock Bottom Remainders an occasional rock group Stephen King, Matt Groening (Simpsons creator) Amy Tan and Dave Barry celebrated its 15th anniversary with a "Still Younger Than Keith" one-show tour of NY.
AA Gill on country music - big hearts and small minds.
"I don't like country music but I don' mean to denigrate those who do. And for those of you who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'" (Bob Newhart)
Yamaha My Room a soundproof 2.5sq m den which can be installed in corner of living room. Particular blessing with kids who never leave home and you never get spare room back for your hobby.
Consider, if you will, what we have lost because of the CD. As invasive species go, it is up there with grey squirrels and Japanese knotweed. First, it pretty much killed off vinyl, which I'm neither beardy nor long-haired enough to really care about. But it also murdered tape. What is childhood without tape? No wonder your modern teenager spends all day stabbing and binge drinking: it's because he's not at home struggling to record pop songs off the chart show when Bruno Brookes isn't speaking. And how are boys supposed to express their unrequited love for girls without the compilation tape (complete with handwritten inlay card)?
Jogger on beach in California killed by a light plane making a forced landing on an otherwise deserted beach - he didn't hear a thing bc had iPod in ears
The X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, and the late Jeff Buckley scooped the Christmas No 1 and 2 slots yesterday with their covers of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, the first time in more than 40 years that one title has secured the top two places in the charts. Cohen himself came in at No 36. Martin Talbot, of the Official Charts Company, which compiles the figures, said: "It is a particularly amazing week - chart placings at 1, 2 and 36 are remarkable for a 25-year-old song which has never previously reached the Top 40". The last time one song held the top two spots is believed to be February 1965, when You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling was No 1 for the Righteous Brothers and No 2 for Cilla Black.
Lighter Conversation Starters
He was a country singer - they wouldn't let him sing in the city
You can always tell a country music fan - they can't think of a polite word to rhyme with 'truck'
The concert had a happy ending - everyone was pleased when it finished
Difference between bagpipes and onions? No one cries when you cut up bagpipes
He was going to be a violinist but he didn't know which chin to tuck it under
I was listening to some rap music the other day - I didn't have a lot of choice - it was coming from a car 4 blocks away.
It's a lasting concern that the man who invented Muzac is probably working on something else
Did you know Mozart had no arms or legs? It's true - I've seen statues of him on people's pianos
I take my music pretty seriously - see that scar on my wrist? that's from when I heard the BeeGees were reforming
Went to watch Pavarotti once - he doesn't like it when you join in
The Top 16 Signs Your Favorite Band Has Lost Something
16> KISS: "I wanna rock 'n' roll all night... but, y'know,
'wanna' and 'will' are TOTALLY different things, and I
can't miss Leno."
15> The Young Rascals: *Their* young rascals now have their *own*
14> Van Halen: Choosing someone from the audience to serve as
lead singer for each show.
13> Meat Loaf: "No, I won't do that, or that, and now that you
mention it, there's not much at all I *would* do for love
if it involves getting off my fat ass -- no, I won't do that."
12> The Who: Who's left?
11> ZZ Top: Now that they look like Santa, songs about poontang
and boners seem more creepy than cool.
10> Led Zeppelin: Now pleasure their groupies with Mrs. Paul's
9> Rush: Band members have to stop in the middle of 20-minute
songs to take naps.
8> The Knack: "... M-M-M-My Lumbago!"
7> Foreigner: Bowing to political pressure, changed their name
to American as Apple Pie.
6> Elton John: Despite repeated costume changes, he still looks
like your grandma.
5> Guns 'n' Roses: "Welcome to McDonald's! We've got Double
Cheese! You can add fries to anything you want -- may I
take your order, please?"
4> Cake: Can only get gigs at state fairs, and only if they
agree to add "Funnel" to their name.
3> Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Takin' Care of Business" now
includes a verse extolling the benefits of incorporating
in the Caymans.
2> ELO: DOA.
1> Crosby, Stills and Nash: Uh-oh -- now they're "Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Hung."
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