Facts n Figures - Music


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To win a gold disc, an album needs to sell 100,000 copies in
Britain, and 500,000 in the United States.

Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba

Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the
year the phone was invented.

The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.

About 2,4 billion CDs are sold annually. The number of recorded CDs
and blank CDs sold has been about equal.

About one-third of recorded CDs are pirated.

The Star-Spangled Banner became the US national anthem in 1931.
Prior to that, it was My Country `Tis of Thee," which had the same
melody as Britian's national anthem God Save the Queen, which is
based on music written by John Bull in 1619. Bull's melody has been
used more than any song in national anthems.

The British anthem was performed the most times in a single
performance. In 1909, while waiting for King Edward VII who was
getting dressed a German band played the anthem 17 times.

Tap dancing originates from Irish clog dancing and what is called
the Irish reel and jig.

It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1954 that Al Dvorin first
closed Elvis's concerts with: "Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left
the building. Thank you and good night."

Elvis favourite collectibles were official badges. He collected
police badges in almost every city he performed in.

Elvis was an avid gun collector. His collection of 40 weapons
included M-16s and a Thompson submachine gun.

Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie

Bob Dylan's first professional performance was as opening act for
John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York, 1961.

Before they were known as Journey, Steve Perry called his band
Golden Gate Rhythm Section.

Kenneth Edmonds was nicknamed Babyface by funk guitarist Bootsy

The world's largest disco was held at the Buffalo Convention Centre,
New York, 1979. 13,000 danced a place into the Guinness Book of
World Records.

In August 1983, Peter Stewart of Birmingham, UK set a world record
by disco dancing for 408 hours.

Lebanon is the top movie-going country - 35,3 movies per person p.a.
China is second with 12,3, followed by Georgia (5,6), India (5),
Iceland (4,5), Australia is 6th at 3,9 then New Zealand and the US
at just under 3,9.

The US has the most cinemas (23,662) while India [the country that
produces the most movies - about 800 a year, twice as many as
Hollywood] has about 9,000 cinemas and China has approximately 4,600
cinemas. - 326,000 people per cinema.

Indian comic actress Manorama has played the most leading roles of
any performer in movie history. She began her career in 1958 and in
1985 had appeared in her 1,000th movie.

Ireland has won the most Eurovision song contests (7 times).

Annie Lennox holds the record for the most Brit awards (8).

The Beatles holds the top spot of album sales in the US (106
million), followed by Garth Brooks second (92 million), Led Zeppelin
(83 million), Elvis Presley (77 million), and the Eagles (65
million). Worldwide The Beatles sold more than 1 billion records.

Klezmer music is derived from two Hebrew words, clay and zimmer,
meaning "vessel of music."

The Ocarina, a musical wind instrument, is also known as the Sweet

The LP (long-playing) record was invented by Paul Goldmark in 1948.
The LP is not dead yet: more than 10 million LPs are sold every year.

The longest song to reach number one on the Billboard charts on LP
was "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meatloaf,
the shortest: "Stay" by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs.

At the first Grammy Awards, held on 4 May 1959, Domenico Modugno
beat out Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee for the Record of the Year,
with "Volare." More

The British, the highest per capita spenders on music, buy 7,2% of
the world music market.

The first pop video was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, released in 1975.

The Beatles song "Martha My Dear" was written by Paul McCartney
about his sheepdog Martha. More

Jeanne Louise Calment's CD was released on her 121st birthday in
1996. Titled "Time's Mistress" it features Ms Calment reminiscing to
a score of rap music and other tunes.

A grand piano can be played faster than an upright (spinet) piano.

A piano covers the full spectrum of all orchestra instruments, from
below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of
the piccolo.

The harmonica is the world's best-selling music instrument.

The term "disc jockey" was first used in 1937.

The last note of a keyboard is C.

Themes from movies Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of
Madison County, and Absolute Power were all written by Clint
Eastwood. More

The US share of the world music market is 31.3%.

The only guy without a beard in ZZTOP surname (last name) is Beard.

Since its launch in 1981 the song Memory of the musical Cats has
been played on radio more than a million times.

Paul McCartney was the last bachelor Beatle when he married Linda
Eastman in a civil ceremony in London, 1969. Paul's brother Mike was
his best man. No other Beatle attended the wedding.

There are 6 versions of Franz Schubert's "Die Forelle" ("The
Trout"), simply because when friends asked him for copies of the
song, he wrote out new copies to the best he could remember at the

In 1952, John Cage composed and presented ' 4'33" ', a composition
consisting of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence.

The Carpenters signature song, We've Only Just Begun, was originally
part of a television commercial for a California bank.

In 1972 Leslie Harvey of Stone the Crows died after being
electrocuted onstage in England. In 1976 Keith Relf, who used to
play for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted by his guitar while playing
in his basement. During a mid-performance in 1994 Ramon Barrero, a
Mexican musician famous for playing the world's smallest harmonica,
inhaled the harmonica and choked to death.

U2 was originally known as Feedback. To date, U2 have sold more than
70 million records, grossing $1,5 billion.

In May 1997, Paul McCartney broke his own world record by obtaining
his 81st gold disc.

Global sales of pre-recorded music total more than $40 billion.

The top selling singles of all time are Elton John's "Candle in the
Wind `97", at 33 million, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", 30
million, and Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock", 25 million.

Beethoven was the first composer who never had an official court
position, thus the first known freelance musician. Born in 1770, he
grew up poor, but published his first work at age 12. By age 20 he
was famous. He often sold the same score to six or seven different
publishers simultaneously, and demanded unreasonably large fees for
the simplest work. He was short, stocky, dressed badly, didn't like
to bath, lived in squalor, used crude language, openly conducted
affairs with married women, and had syphilis. Beethoven was deaf
when he composed his Ninth Symphony.