What's your favorite piece of absurd music trivia?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by BroJB, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Yeah, Dave was going to do it but he got stuck in Traffic.....

    I'll get my coat. :)
  2. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

    Now THAT I would have paid to see!
    (The man wrestling a shark I mean)
  3. MrCJF

    MrCJF Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
    Haven't read all the entries so don't know if this has been mentioned.

    Johnny Cash did not have a full first name until he joined the air force and had to write a name on the form

    His parents couldn't decide on a name and called him J R Cash, which he used as a legal name for his songwriting credits.

    Thanks to Ken Burns' Country Music series for that gem.
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  4. dave9199

    dave9199 Forum Resident

    Durham, NC
    I guess Dave Mason didn't give a damn.
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  5. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Forum Resident

    Wayne Shorter’s wife also perished on that flight.
  6. MrCJF

    MrCJF Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
    The lyrics of Sympathy for The Devil certainly scan as extra stanzas of The Owl and The Pussycat

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  7. MrCJF

    MrCJF Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
    Not quite, as the case was thrown out fairly quickly.
  8. DaveinMA

    DaveinMA Forum Resident

    In the fields the bodies burning,
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
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  9. MrCJF

    MrCJF Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
    I was reading Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook to my kids for years without realising it was written by the same guy who wrote the Johnny Cash song I listened to millions of times in my dad's car when I was a kid.
    I saw an animated video of "25 Minutes To Go" (that Silverstien wrote for Cash) that looked like Silvertstien's style of drawing.
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  10. MrCJF

    MrCJF Well-Known Member

    United Kingdom
  11. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Forum Resident

    I saw the Gill fronted PPL live. They opened for somebody. I forget who. Meh.

    In keeping with the trivia theme, this is a few years after I met Vince personally back stage at the Shrine Auditorium when he was in Vassar Clements’ band. We’re the same age. Very regular guy.
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  12. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Forum Resident

    I think all the Swaggarts are first cousins.
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  13. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Forum Resident

    According DLR, the M&Ms clause was put in the rider as a way to tell if the promoter actually read the contract.
  14. John Fell

    John Fell Forum Survivor

    I thought it was interesting the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair's sister Janice was married to Gregg Allman at one time.
  15. Seabass

    Seabass Old Git

    Devon, England
    And Kevin Ayers shagged the aforesaid Mrs Cale the night before he, Cale, Eno and Nico performed and recorded “June 1 1974“ together. Cale referred to it in a song, Guts, recalling how “the bugger in the short sleeves ****ed my wife”
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  16. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Raleigh, N.C.
    Who wasn't?
  17. Thesmellofvinyl

    Thesmellofvinyl Forum Resident

    Cohoes, NY USA
    We would have had duets.

    You ain't nothing but a hound dog
    (Not me, man!)
    Crying all the time
    (Come on, I never...)
    You ain't nothing but a hound dog (Now, I’m telling you...)
    Crying all the time
    (Can’t believe this)
    Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit (Did, too—once)
    And you ain't no friend of mine
    (How do you like that? Now listen:
    When they said you were high class)
    I am, man.
    Etc. Etc.

    As for trivia, one of my favorites is that the beginning of “Obla-Di Obla-Da,” came after Lennon had left the session for a while because he was tired of waiting for McCartney to come up with the beginning of the song; Lennon returned after having a drink or two, and proceeded to sit down and bang out the familiar (to Beatles fans) piano-chord intro and announce, “That’s the beginning of “Obla-Di Obla-Da!” (Paraphrasing here; I think this is in Geoff Emerick’s book.)
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  18. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    Good lord...I never knew that about Axelrod. The LPs he recorded under his own name in the late 60s-early 70s were brilliant. I love the Lou Rawls song he produced, "Love Is A Hurtin' Thing".
  19. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    But it was incredibly well rehearsed!
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  20. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Forum Resident

    I was at that concert. That’s not how it went down.
    I was at that concert. That's NOT how it went down. Here's what I remember...

    8-28-1976, Santa Monica Civic
    The bill that night was Spirit (headlining) with Firefall (opening). Mark Andes played in both bands, so that was the connection.

    During Firefall's encore, a very drunk or wasted Neil Young ambles on stage with a guitar and just proceeds to count the band in to some random song. He doesn't mention which song or the key... He just counts in and starts playing. The band did their best to keep up. After that song finished, Rick Roberts says, "Now instead of playing 'stump the band,' we're going to play 'stump Neil.'" Anyway, that's how obnoxious Neil was that night.

    Spirit plays their set. Their first encore was Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." Neil joins them but is still very drunk or wasted (or whatever) and tries to sing right over the top of everybody. At one point, Neil drifts over to Randy California's mic while he's singing a verse and tries to muscle in on things. Randy pushes him away... with great prejudice. He was obviously pissed. At the time, I can't say I blamed him, but it was a horrendous PR gaffe for Randy. It just looked REALLY bad. There were plenty of boos from the audience. Some folks still haven't forgiven him.

    After the concert, John Locke, who was a close friend of (Producer) David Briggs and Neil, quit the band on the spot. Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes followed him out the door.
  21. Farmer Mike

    Farmer Mike Forum Resident

    I've seen this bluegrass record a couple of time at thrift's and/or estate sales..

    Jimmy Henley - One For The Record

    it's by a supposed 12 year old banjo phenom and Vince plays bass on it. He pictured on the back cover wearing a baseball shirt and a pair of headphones.
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  22. crustycurmudgeon

    crustycurmudgeon Forum Resident

    Hollister, CA
    Speaking of Mark Andes, his father, Keith Andes, was an actor. Among his roles was Akuta, the leader of the blonde-haired natives who were the "feeders of Vaal" in the Star Trek episode "The Apple". David Soul also played one of the natives.
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  23. poisonedhangman

    poisonedhangman Forum Resident

    Cascadia, USA
    Yeah. He even thought he killed somebody in a brawl. Got tabbed one time. I guess the stories he told were amazing. One of those guys who knew all of LA's seedy excesses. Just an amazing cat. So sad he's gone now.
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  24. Seabass

    Seabass Old Git

    Devon, England
    He sounds like a cross between Lonnie Donegan and George Formby
  25. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Herb Alpert co-wrote "Baby Talk" by Jan & Dean and "Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke.

    The first A&M release was "The Lonely Bull" by "The Tijuana Brass featuring Herb Alpert," which came out in late 1962 (and was recorded in Herb's garage).

    You'll note that the catalog number was 703... there was no A&M 700-702, but those catalog number were used by Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert's short-lived earlier labels:

    • Carol 700 was by "Herbie Alpert & His Quartet" - Sweet Georgia Brown b/w Vipers Blues
    • Carnival 701 was by "Dore Alpert" - Tell It To The Birds b/w Fallout Shelter
    • Carnival 702 was by Charlie Robinson - Love Is Back In Style b/w Peppermint Twist

    Why did they choose 700 for their first record release? Jerry Moss wanted it to appear that it was an established label, so he arbitrarily chose to begin numbering the releases at 700.

    Much of this info was provided by @HGN2001 over at the A&M Corner forum. :edthumbs:

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