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Malcolm Young, AC/DC guitarist, played with Velvet Underground before forming AC/DC. But it wasn't THE Velvet Underground, the Australian band stole the name.

Michael Jackson used to keep six mannequins in his bedroom. They were dressed in evening gowns and boas. He named them and carried on conversations with them. Jackson's comment, “I like to imagine talking to them.”

Mick Jagger had an emerald chip put in the middle of his upper right incisor, but people thought it was spinach. He changed it to a ruby until he got tired of people discussing the drop of blood on his tooth. Jagger finally settled on a diamond.

Mick Jagger was under the impression he was the father of Bebe Buell's daughter Liv. Eventually Bebe informed him Liv's father was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. Liv Tyler now enjoys a successful acting career.

More than 2,500 cover versions of The Beatles' "Yesterday" exist, making it the most recorded song in history. When originally released, it was included on the Help! soundtrack, and it was number one on the charts for four weeks in 1965.

Motley Crue was kicked out of the entire country of Germany in 1984. Their offense? Throwing mattresses out of hotel windows and watching them bounce off cars.

Yellow-orange haired singer Vitamin C's birth name was Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick.

Young R&B singing sensation Pink was named Alecia Moore at birth. The fuchsia-haired singer received her unusual nickname at age 7 when a boy she had a crush on pulled down her pants in front of other children at summer camp. "Look!" shouted one of them. "She's turning all . . . pink!" The nickname stuck.

ZZ Top's bassist Dusty Hill set out for the Mexican border with a friend. They picked up a calf along the way and put in the backseat. After the calf kicked out the rear window they set it free.

Neil Diamond once walked around Australia wearing a shirt that said, “I'm not Neil Diamond-I just look like him.”

Neil Diamond was a nail biter, but he didn't want anyone to find out. To remedy the situation he had his personal manicurist flown from Los Angeles to where ever Diamond was for every show.

Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain once bought six turtles and put them in a bathtub in the middle of his living room. When the smell got too bad, he and a friend drilled a hole in the middle of the floor as a drain.

Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and some friends, once stole a milk truck when they were young. Apparently they locked the mailman in a public bathroom and drove off with the truck. As they went down the road, they wondered, “What are we gonna do with a milk float [truck] and like 20,000 bottles of milk?”

On a 1970 tour in San Francisco, California, Rod Stewart and fellow Faces members jumped on top of their rented station wagon and started jumping. When police arrived the car had been crushed.

On January 18, 1944, the first jazz concert was performed in Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Originally a DJ, Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew nicknamed himself Luke Skyywalker after the Star Wars character. When the group got publicity for their explicit lyrics, Star Wars creator George Lucas took legal action to keep Campbell from using the character's name. Luther pouted, “George Lucas showed me his dark side.”

Paul McCartney urged those mourning his late wife, Linda, to “go veggie.” She was a well-known vegetarian.

Pierre Senecal says it took him only 15 minutes to write the 1970 hit song, As Years Go By, for his band Mashmakhan of Montreal. The tune reached number 1 in Canada, the Top 40 in the U.S., and was one of the biggest selling singles ever in Japan.

Ragtime music was quite the rage at the turn of the century. The most prolific composer of ragtime music was Scott Joplin. He published approximately 50 rags, and it has been estimated that he composed about 600. The most famous of Joplin's rags was "Maple Leaf Rag" which sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the first ten years it was published.

Ragtime music was tremendously popular, and it flourished for more than 20 years. When the music publishing industry, called "Tin Pan Alley," began selling rags in the late 1800s, the music was too complicated for the average pianist to play. Sheet music had to be considerably simplified for sales. Ragtime musicians often earned substantial income by teaching the ragtime style.

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