I've had both my brother and best friend call wanting me to settle music debates they were having because apparently neither of them have heard of Google. Anyway, it's left me with various music facts rolling around my brain so I decided to put twenty of them to use by making a list. 🎶
  1. In the early days of The Divinyls, fans often called lead singer Chrissy Amphlett the female version of AC/DC's Angus Young due to their similar mannerisms and shared penchant for wearing black and white school uniforms while performing.
  2. Garth Brooks became the first country artist to sell over ten million copies of a single album with 1990's No Fences.
  3. Cher's first solo recording was released in 1964 under the name Bonnie Jo Mason.
    Entitled "Ringo, I Love You", it's rumored that the song failed to chart due to music programmers mistaking Cher's deep vocals for that of a man.
  4. Before co-founding The Go-Go's, Belinda Carlisle did a short stint as drummer for punk band, The Germs under the name of Dottie Danger.
  5. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    The Supremes would be inducted the following year.
  6. The second video played on MTV was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".
    The first, of course, was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star".
  7. Queen's Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics.
    He obtained it in 2007 from Imperial College London.
  8. The working title of Springsteen's 1978 album, Darkness on the Edge of Town was American Madness.
    The title came from Frank Cappra's 1932 film of the same name.
  9. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were once quoted as saying they wanted to be the Goffin-King of London.
    Goffin-King, of course, was the legendary songwriting duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King whose hits included "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Up On The Roof", "The Locomotion", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", and "Take Good Care of My Baby".
  10. Prince wrote The Bangles' "Manic Monday" under the pseudonym of Christopher.
    He also played the synthesizers on Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back".
  11. Lyricist Tim Rice's first suggested composing partner for The Lion King soundtrack was not, in fact, Elton John, but rather pop group ABBA.
    He suggested John after ABBA declined due to Benny Andersson's commitment to the musical, Kristina från Duvemåla.
  12. Blondie found their first commercial success in Australia after the music television program Countdown played their video for "In the Flesh" by mistake.
    "In the Flesh" was the B-side of their then current single "X-Offender".
  13. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's first meeting came at a house party when he was a junior and she was a senior at Menlo Atherton High School.
    According to her, she overheard him playing The Mamas and The Papas' "California Dreamin'", and decided to join in on the harmony.
  14. Despite their long history, Fleetwood Mac has notched a combined total of two number one singles in the US and the UK.
    The band hit the top of the U.K. Singles chart in 1968 with founding member Peter Green's guitar-based instrumental "Albatross" while their lone US number one would come on June 18, 1977 with the Stevie Nicks- penned, "Dreams". Coincidentally, both songs would only spend a single week at the top of their respective charts.
  15. The Beach Boys had a twenty-two year gap between number one singles.
    After hitting number one in 1966 with "Good Vibrations", the band wouldn't see the top of the chart again until 1988's "Kokomo".
  16. Dolly Parton refused to allow Elvis Presley to record "I Will Always Love You" because it would mean having to give him a songwriting credit.
    During the peak of his popularity, it was required that Elvis receive a songwriting credit before he would record any new song.
  17. Nirvana were thrown out of their own record release party after Kurt Cobain started a full-fledged food fight by throwing ranch dressing at Krist Novoselic.
  18. Pat Benatar was training to be an opera singer- specifically as a coloratura- with plans to attend Juilliard when she surprised family and friends with the announcement that a classical music career just wasn't for her.
    She attended the State University of New York at Stoney Brook for a year before dropping out to marry her high school sweetheart. After that, she worked as a bank teller in Richmond, Va until she quit in 1971 to pursue a music career.
  19. Van Halen's request that there be a bowl of M&Ms with all brown-colored candies removed wasn't an example of outrageous rock star requests at their finest, but rather something they included as a way to see if their rider had been read in its entirety.
    As one of the first bands to take a huge concert production on the road, there were constant technical errors like girders being unable to support the weight of their equipment, flooring that would sink in, and doors not being wide enough to move gear through. So in the name of safety, the band started included the M&Ms request in the middle of their rider (item #126) as a way to check that all their request had been met.
  20. The chorus and melody of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" comes from an old Bob Dylan demo called "Rock Me, Mama" that he did while working on the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid soundtrack.
    Left unfinished by Dylan, Ketch Secour from Old Crow Medicine Show would later write the verses of "Wagon Wheel" around it.