When Janis Joplin was in college in 1963, a local fraternity voted her "The Ugliest Man on Campus."
Jimi Hendrix was hired as the Monkees opening act for their 1967 Summer tour. Unfortunately, US audiences had never seen anything like Hendrix before and booed him off of the stage. He quit the tour after two weeks. (one of these shows was at Dorton Area, Raleigh, NC!)
The line from Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, "That little country boy could play" was originally written as, "That little colored boy can play." Berry knew that in order to get the song played on the radio, he would have to change that lyric.
Elvis' girlfriend, Ginger Alden, found him dead, lying on the floor of his bathroom. He had been seated on the toilet reading The Scientific Search For Jesus.
Cher was a background vocalist on the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".
In December of 1969, Mick Jagger was quoted saying "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar either." (don’t feel bad Mick, I enjoy both but can’t do either...either!)
Little Richard's recording career had just gotten off the ground when his father was murdered in the winter of 1952. To support his family, Richard took a job washing dishes at a Greyhound bus station in Macon, Georgia.
The double entendre title of the Bellamy Brother's hit "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" was derived from a quote by Groucho Marx. (Ah-HAA!..I was really jealous of that line, should’a known they weren’t that clever!)
Jerry Lee Lewis' parents mortgaged their house in order to buy him a piano. (hear that, Dad?)
The Flamingos 1959 smash, "I Only Have Eyes For You" was first performed by actor Dick Powell in the 1934 movie, Dames. (“shoo-bop shoo-bop”..I LOVE that song!)
The yardstick for every aspiring young drummer in the sixties was an instrumental called "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris. The record has sold millions and has become a classic rock standard, yet was put together as a b-side filler in about 15 minutes and recorded in just two takes. (there again, the shorter the time it takes to write, the bigger the hit!)
The Knack's lead vocalist, Doug Fieger, is the older brother of famed attorney Jeffrey Fieger, who defended doctor-assisted suicide advocate, Dr. Jack Kervorkian.
Barry Manilow recorded his vocal and piano parts for "Mandy" in just one take. (so THAT explains it!)