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Watched a documentary on the start of heavy metal the other night.  Didn't know Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath lost the tips of his fingers in an industrial accident. Which made him loosen the strin

Alice Cooper is a boy apparently.

Bob Dylan isn't Bob Dylan's real name

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2 hours ago, Promise61 said:

Now then, THAT is classic trivia. Unfreakin'believable.

That little nugget came out in Mike Batt's live stream last night.

I found this from the Guardian in 2004 to support it.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2004/jan/28/popandrock1

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14 hours ago, dr winston oboogie said:

Watched a really good docu on Sky Arts last night...and well I never...I found out who the brother in law of Ringo is.!!!! A triva fact I was not aware of.

Well, who is it?

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1 hour ago, Troublette said:

Joe Walsh is Ringo's brother-in-law?? Wow, l had no idea about that.

Neither did I until I googled it.

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In 1959, Bob Dylan announced his ambition in his high school yearbook. It wasn't to run for President, or write the great American novel. It simply said, 'to join Little Richard'.

(David Hepworth, in his book, Uncommon People, where he refers to Little Richard as the 'first rock star').

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3 hours ago, riverdude2 said:

More of a question than I had no idea.

Is "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League, the only example of a backing singer singing a complete verse in a song?

I'd be amazed if it was, but can't think of an immediate example.  

There must be a Deacon Blue song where Lorraine takes a verse or two.

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3 hours ago, riverdude2 said:

More of a question than I had no idea.

Is "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League, the only example of a backing singer singing a complete verse in a song?

How about Ellen Foley on Paradise By The Dashboard Light?

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1 hour ago, Promise61 said:

How about Ellen Foley on Paradise By The Dashboard Light?

Surely on that song she was duetist rather than a backing singer.

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OK, this is a good one. This track on the Year Of The Cat album was Al Stewart's attempt to write a song like Bruce Springsteen. Al stewart confirms this on the last bonus track on the Year Of The Cat album where he explains each song.

 

 

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1 hour ago, riverdude2 said:

OK, this is a good one. This track on the Year Of The Cat album was Al Stewart's attempt to write a song like Bruce Springsteen. Al stewart confirms this on the last bonus track on the Year Of The Cat album where he explains each song.

 

 

But there's not a single 'Mary' or 'river' in the lyrics anywhere :P

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On 5/31/2020 at 6:30 AM, riverdude2 said:

OK, this is a good one. This track on the Year Of The Cat album was Al Stewart's attempt to write a song like Bruce Springsteen. Al stewart confirms this on the last bonus track on the Year Of The Cat album where he explains each song.

 

 

I had this album back in high school but I have to admit I don't remember this song and any connection to anything of Bruce's I wouldn't have recognized back then.

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12 hours ago, Troublette said:

I had this album back in high school but I have to admit I don't remember this song and any connection to anything of Bruce's I wouldn't have recognized back then.

Well Al stewart says he wanted to write a song reminiscent of Bruce in " A runalong lyrical style" and cites this from the song.

"Well I'm up to my neck in the crumbling wreckage
Of all that I wanted from life
When I looked for respect all I got was neglect
Though I swallowed the line as a sign of the times"

I think this is more like the fast lyrically dense songs on Greetings and perhaps with Manfred Mann being in the charts with their cover of Blinded By The Light at the time of writing for the Year Of The Cat album it was the influence. Al Stewart says he has no idea if he succeeded in his imitation.

 

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