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In 1978, Ted Nugent autographed a fan's arm by carving his name into the flesh with a bowie knife.

In a 1975 promotion, a fan won a date with KISS's Gene Simmons. There was an embarrassing moment when Simmons had to take off his platform boots to fit in her Volkswagen.

In Jalisco, Mexico, the harp was significant in the development of mariachi music, which originally featured only string instruments.

In music, a hemidemisemiquaver is a sixty-fourth note.

In September 1995, Janet Jackson's "Runaway" hit Billboard's charts at Number 6, history's first single by a female artist to make its debut in the Top 10.

In the 1980s, James Brown was rumored to have thrown his wife, Adrienne's, fur coats on the lawn and shot them with a shotgun. Later Adrienne set all of his clothes on fire.

Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.

When David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills first started singing together, the were called the Frozen Noses in honor of their unique harmonies and their drug habits.

When Neil Young arrived at Woodstock with Jimi Hendrix they found they had to go several miles to reach the stage, so they stole a pickup truck and drove off. Later Young called the incident “one of the high points of my life.”

When TV musical group the Monkees had their first dinner as a group, Davy Jones was appalled by Mickey Dolenz table manners. Jones said Dolenz “ate like a pig.” Dolenz's response was to grab two handfuls of salad and stuffed them into his mouth.

While fans of Nine Inch Nails may think the name refers to the nails that held Jesus' fingers on the cross or to the fingernails of the Statue of Liberty, Trent Reznor claims the name has no meaning.

While going through a divorce with Rod Stewart, Alana Hamilton left messages for any guests Stewart might have over. Hamilton pinned a note on her clothes saying, “Attention all sluts. Hands off my clothes.” It was signed, “Soon-to-be ex-mistress of this house.”

While Nirvana performed the song “Lithium” at the 1992 MTV awards show, bassist Novoselic tossed his bass in the air. It came down and hit him on the head, temporarily knocking him out. Kurt Cobain missed the accident and screamed at him for being off the beat.

While punk rocker Courtney Love was in labor with her and Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain's child, he was in the rehab wing of the same hospital. Courtney shocked her doctors by walking out of the delivery room to get Cobain out of his room. She yelled at him “You are not leaving me to do this by myself!” Cobain joined her in the delivery room, but when the baby's head appeared, he vomited and passed out.

While recording Rumours, Fleetwood Mac was so strung out on cocaine that they spent four days trying to tune a piano. They went so far as to bring in nine different pianos before deciding not to include any piano music.

Wynton Marsalis played trumpet with the New Orleans Philharmonic at the tender age of 14.

Years before their "Wide Open Spaces" album broke country music records, the Dixie Chicks performed in humbling surroundings, like on a street corner in Dallas, barbecue joints, and corporate meetings, including private parties for Ross Perot. Early gigs for Natalie Maines, Martie Seidel, and Emily Robison also included a nursing home, a grocery store produce department, and a funeral.

John Denver was a pilot who had a desire to see outer space. He campaigned to fly the 1986 Challenger mission, but was turned down. The Russians offered to let him fly their next space mission, for $10 million. Across the United States, disc jockeys took up collections to buy Denver a one-way ticket into space.

Leslie Gore's hit single, "It's My Party," rose to the Number 1 spot on Billboard's record charts on June 1, 1963. It stayed there for two weeks. Gore was just 17 when she recorded the song, and she became one of the youngest solo female artists in music history to top the charts.

Madonna, who built her career on imitating Marilyn Monroe, claimed No Doubt's Gwen Stefani stole her look, her hair and her dance moves. After Madonna's comments, Rosie O'Donnell, a material girl gal pal, cancelled No Doubt's appearance on her show. According to Rosie, it was over “scheduling difficulties.”

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