Music Urban Legends History

Here are quick descriptions of each of the previous editions of Music Urban Legends Revealed.

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#1 – Harry Nillson’s coffin was lost during an earthquake

A Frank Zappa album was given a Parental Advisory sticker…even though the album was completely instrumental!

Bob Dylan had to re-record a song due to worries about slander/libel.

#2 – A musician was sued for infringing on the copyright of a silent song.

Graham Nash once wrote a hit song on a limo ride on the way to the airport on a dare from the driver.

“Softly as I Leave You” was written by a dying man as his wife slept at his bed side.

#3 – Kiss got into trouble for the Kiss logo appearing to contain the logo for the Nazi S.S.

A musician used morse code to express his displeasure with his record company.

Polka was created in Poland.

#4 – A misheard lyric led to the title of the song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”

George Michael’s “Father Figure” accidentally became a slow tempo song.

“Mr. Bojangles” is about the famous dancer Mr. Bojangles.

#5 – The Rolling Stones were performing “Sympathy for the Devil” when a crowd member was killed at the Altamont Free Concert.

The song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was inspired by the film “Roman Holiday.”

The Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental!

#6 – Michael Jackson’s song “Dirty Diana” was about Diana Ross and/or Princess Diana

An American poster company airbrushed a cigarette from a poster of the Beatles’ Abbey Road.

Bob Dylan had an amusing response to The Byrds changing the lyrics to one of his songs.

#7- The Lovin’ Spoonful got their name from a slang term for heroin?

The Lovin’ Spoonful got their name from a slang term for male ejaculate?

The Lovin’ Spoonful were the original choice for the TV series that eventually became the Monkees.

#8- Pearl Jam was named after a peyote concoction that Eddie Vedder’s great-grandmother Pearl used to make.

The Green Day song “Stuck with Me” got its name by someone in the studio switching the labels on two songs.

Alvin and the Chipmunks made a comeback in 1980 based on a joke by a New York disc jockey

#9- The Rolling Stones’ song “Wild Horses” is based on something Marianne Faithfull said after almost overdosing.

Paul McCartney once used a pseudonym for a song to see if he could write a hit song without using the fame from his name.

Petula Clark went to extreme great lengths to keep a scene between Harry Belafonte and herself in a TV special she made in 1968.

Ta da!

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