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Counting Crow lead singer Adam Duritz recalled in a 2000 interview that Rolling Stones Keith Richards once reprimanded him for sipping chicken soup to cure a cold – and gave him a bottle of Guinness.

Country singer Dolly Parton's first record, "Puppy Love," was released on March 20, 1959. She was 13 years old.

Crystal Bernard, formally the co-star of NBC's Wings, was a professional singer at the age of 3 and became part of Bobbie Gentry's Las Vegas revue at 14.

Declaring that he was an alcoholic, Ozzy Osbourne quit performing and opened a bar. He soon drank up all his stock and wasted his money until he rejoined his band.

Diana Ross managed to offend the entire Roman population in October of 1985, when she told the media that no one should be permitted to wear jeans to her concerts. She asked the Romans to wear formal clothing to set the proper mood.

Dimitri Tiomkin wrote High Noon's prize-winning musical score. Asked in an interview how a Russian-born concert pianist could write Western music, Tiomkin had a quick reply. "Did Strauss," he inquired hotly, "have to be an Olympic swimmer to write The Blue Danube?"

During the 1989 invasion of Panama, United States troops blared out AC/DC's “Highway to Hell” at the highest volume possible to drive Manuel Noriega out of the Vatican Embassy. When vocalist Brian Johnson heard his music was being used as psychological torture, he is quoted as saying, “I guess now we won't get to play for the Pope.”

Early in her career, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie appeared in music videos of the Rolling Stones, Meatloaf, and Lenny Kravitz.

Eddie Van Halen said playing the guitar wasn't as hard as brain surgery in a 1992 MTV interview. A few days later, he got a letter from a brain surgeon offering surgery lessons in exchange for guitar lessons.

The first time the Beach Boys heard one of their songs on the radio, guitarist Carl Wilson threw up. Apparently he got too excited.

The largest, most complicated musical instrument is the organ. It has been the primary instrument used in the church since the fourth century.

The Monkees' hit single "I'm a Believer" was Number 1 on Billboard's charts for seven weeks.

The original title of Leonard Bernstein's brilliant musical West Side Story was East Side Story.

The Ramones claimed they played so loudly at a 1977 concert in Marseilles, France, that their instruments used so much power they caused a blackout across the city.

The song “Back in the U.S.S.R.” (1968) was originally written for model Twiggy to record on an album, but the Beatles decided to keep it and use the song themselves.

The top-selling R&B albums of the 1980s were Michael Jackson's Thriller, Freddie Jackson's Just Like the First Time, Lionel Ritchie's Can't Slow Down, Rick James' Street Songs, and Prince's Purple Rain.

The worst catastrophe in rock history was hosted by the Who in 1979. Booked at the Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, the band watched as a crowd rushed the stadium doors before the show. Eleven fans were crushed and killed in the melee. After the show, Roger Daltry is said to have cried his eyes out.

There was a simple reason Michael Jackson wrapped three of his fingers in surgical tape; he heard Howard Hughes used to do it.

There were no fewer than 52 musicians in the family of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Elton John has been reported to take legendary shopping sprees. There have been rumors that he spent $85,000 and up on Versace outfits, and once it is said he spent $850,000 in one day's worth of shopping.

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