Category: music

Clint Eastwood wrote theme songs of his own movies

Clint Eastwood, better known as a cowboy and “Dirty Harry,” also is a musician. In 1961, he cut a single called “Unknown Girl.” Two more singles followed in the next three years and the release of an LP titled “Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites,” from the 60s TV series that brought him fame. Eastwood […]

Britney Spears: princess of pop

When Britney Spears performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” for executives from Jive Records, she was signed on the spot. But her road to becoming one of music’s biggest marketing machines wasn’t a lucky break. Tiger Woods started playing golf as a toddler. Shirley Temple was just 6 years old when she won an Oscar. […]

The BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards was instituted as the British Record Industry “Britannia Centenary” Awards in 1977. Queen, Cliff Richard, George Martin, Julie Covington and Procul Harum made appearances at the first awards held at the Wembley Conference Centre in 1977. Simon & Garfunkel traveled from the US especially to receive their awards and sang together for […]

Boy bands

Boy bands have been around since the mid-1950s. Groups like the Ink Spots and Temptations introduced rhythmically catchy singing and choreographed movements. They weren’t called boy bands back then. They were called “hep harmony singing groups.” The modern boy band business is the brainchild of Lou Pearlman, a former transportation tycoon. The idea of promoting […]

Eurovision song contest

The Eurovision was first held on May, 24th 1956, becoming one of the longest-running television shows in the world. Held annually held among members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), it attracts some 600 million viewers from around the world even though only citizens of the member countries may vote for the winning song. Many […]

Nipper: His Master’s Voice

The dog on “His Master’s Voice” label is Nipper, a stray fox terrier found in 1884 by the brother of the guy who painted the picture of the dog listening to a gramophone, Francis Barraud. Barraud inherited Nipper from his brother and was busy painting a phonograph when Nipper sat down next to it. Barraud […]

The shortest music concert ever

In 1952, American composer John Milton Cage presented his most famous piece: 4’33″. It is a musical composition in three movements; the first movement is 30 seconds long, the second 2 minutes and 23 seconds and the third 1 minute 40 seconds. All done in silence. 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. The idea […]

A grand piano plays faster than an upright piano

The king of instruments, the piano has 88 keys, each producing a unique tone. The black keys represent sharps and flats. The white keys are named after the first seven letters of the alphabet. Starting at the left, the first white key is A, with the lowest tone. The second is B, and so on […]

Susan Boyle : Fastest Viral Video

Less than two weeks after it was uploaded Susan Boyle’s audition on Britain’s Got Talent was watched more than 100 million times on the various video tubes, becoming the fastest viral video. It zoomed past most of the Top 10 Viral Videos and seems set to become the most watched video of all time, according […]

Watch your every step

Tap dancing originates from Irish clog dancing and what is called the Irish reel and jig. Among the greatest tap dancers are John Jack Diamond, Bill Bojangles Robinson and Fred Astaire, with Michael Flatley‘s Riverdance being the most famous tap dance performance. In tap dance contests you really have to watch your every step – […]