Additional Facts

  1. Singing in a group improves the mood.
  2. Actually, musicians tend to live a shorter life span.
  3.  It is believed music can activate the emotional, motor, and creative areas of the brain.
  4. The harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.
  5. The U.S. music industry generates more than $16 billion, 50% of which is in online music. Globally, the music industry generates more than $40 billion.
  6. Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.
  7. It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1954 that Al Dvorin first closed Elvis’s concerts with: “Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night.”
  8. Bob Dylan’s first professional performance was as an opening act for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York, 1961.
  9. The Star-Spangled Banner became the US national anthem in 1931. Prior to that, it was My Country “Tis of Thee,” which had the same melody as Britain’s national anthem God Save the Queen, which is based on music written by John Bull in 1619. Bull’s melody has been used more than any song in national anthems.
  10. Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.