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1Neil Young

During an interview in 2012, Canadian singer Neil Young said “Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around.”

2. Bob Marley's last words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."

3. Johnny Cash was born with the name J.R. Cash because his parents couldn't think of a name. When he enlisted in the Air Force, they wouldn't let him use his initials, so he began to call himself John.

4. Jimi Hendrix and his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham called each other by their middle names, Marshall and Mary. After an argument where Jimi complained about her lumpy mashed potatoes, Etchingham stormed out into the street and left. When she returned the next day, he had written ‘The Wind Cries Mary.’

5. In 1945, Frank Sinatra canceled a $10,000 gig and traveled to Gary, Indiana to convince white high school students striking against integration to return to school. Sinatra called it "the most shameful incident in the history of American education."

6Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra has three stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. One for film, one for music and one for television.

7. Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" is about the negative effects of the Vietnam War on Americans but it is often misunderstood to be a patriotic or nationalistic anthem.

8. Trent Reznor felt his song "A Warm Place" was too good to be his own work. After the song had been released, he was horrified to discover that he had indeed copied the melody from a piece by David Bowie called "Crystal Japan", written for a Japanese gin advertisement. Bowie found this hilarious.

9. On the death of his mother, Jimi Hendrix’s father refused to take him to the funeral, instead giving the then 15-year-old shots of whiskey and informing him that this was how men dealt with loss.

10. Lyrics to the Rihanna’s song 'Diamonds' were written by Sia in 14 minutes. By May 2013, it had sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time.

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Rihanna was sued for her use of the sample "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" in her song "Please Don't Stop the Music" because she only got permission for using it via Michael Jackson from his use of the sample in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" and not from the original artist Manu Dibango.

12. Frank Sinatra was a big activist in the civil rights movement, refusing to stay at hotels that didn’t allow “blacks.” He even used his mafia ties to help get labor unions behind John F. Kennedy because he knew they shared the same opinions on equal rights.

13. Johnny Cash took only 3 voice lessons in his childhood before his teacher, enthralled with Cash's unique singing style, advised him to stop taking lessons and to never deviate from his natural voice.

14. Frank Sinatra's acceptance speech for a Legend Award at the 1994 Grammys was cut short due to commercial breaks. In response, Billy Joel stopped halfway through his performance of 'The River of Dreams' later on, simply looking at his watch and saying 'valuable advertising time going by...'

15. In 1990, American singer Chuck Berry was sued by several women who claimed that he had installed a video camera in the bathroom. Berry claimed that he had the camera installed to catch a worker who was suspected of stealing from the restaurant. Though his guilt was never proved in court, Berry opted for a class action settlement. One of his biographers, Bruce Pegg, estimated that, with 59 women, it cost Berry over $1.2 million plus legal fees.

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16Johnny Cash and June Carter

A letter that Johnny Cash wrote to June Carter in 1994 was voted the greatest love letter of all time. They were married from 1968 until June passed away in 2003. Johnny died 4 months later.

17. In 2011, during a Vancouver concert, Kanye West and Jay-Z performed "N*ggas in Paris" 11 times in a row.

18. Prince used the heartbeat of his unborn son as part of the percussion in one track on the 'Emancipation' album. By the time the album was released, his son had died of a congenital birth defect.

19. Beyonce's hit song "Run the World (Girls)" is a heavily sampled version of a song by 3 men, and was co-written by 2 other men. The only female writer or producer involved in the song was Beyonce herself.

20. "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears has been used by the British Navy to scare off Somali pirates.

21Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen's classic, ‘Born to Run’, almost became the official song of New Jersey until legislators heard the lyrics and realized that the song was about wanting to get out of New Jersey.

22. After David Bowie released his album "Low", Nick Lowe responded by releasing an Extended play called "Bowi".

23. In the 70's, Chuck Berry toured with only a guitar, finding some local bands for each show "confident that he could hire a band that already knew his music" and not even giving them a set list "and just expected the musicians to follow his lead".

24. Chrysler (Automobile company) offered Bruce Springsteen $12 million to use "Born in the U.S.A." in an ad campaign. Springsteen turned them down and has still never let his music be used to sell products.

25. Bob Marley, against popular belief, didn't believe in smoking marijuana for recreation. He thought cannabis should be used for religious and medicinal purposes.


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