Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Random music trivia

1. The word "music" come from the Greek word "mousike" which translate to "Art of the Muses."

2. The cassette tape was invented by The Philips Company of the Netherlands in 1962.

3. The world famous Carnegie Hall was built by industrialist/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891. It was originally called "Music Hall" but was renamed in 1893 after board members of the Music Hall Company convinced Carnegie to use his name.

4. Elvis Presley's first number 1 pop hit was "Heartbreak Hotel" released in 1956.

5. German piano maker Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg migrated to the U.S.A. and founded Steinway & Sons in 1853. By that time he had changed his name to Henry Steinway.

6. "The Sound of Music" which was originally a Broadway production and subsequent film was the last musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

7. Luciano Pavarotti became the first and only opera singer to perform on NBC's Saturday Night Live. This happened on December 12, 1998.

8. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

9. Quincy Jones and co-writer Bill Russell were the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award in the "Best Original Song" category for the 1967 movie "In Cold Blood."

10. Anne Murray is the first Canadian to have a number 1 hit on U.S. charts. The song was "Snowbird" released in 1970.

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