March 17, 2010

Did You Know....

~~ English rock band, Black Sabbath, formed in Birmingham in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward, was originally formed as a heavy blues-rock band named "Earth", the band began incorporating occult and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, and changed their name to "Black Sabbath". The band has since experienced multiple lineup changes, with a total of twenty-two former members.

~~ Jimi Hendrix was thrown out of high school for holding the hand of a white girl in class.

~~ The famous long guitar intro to Led Zep's "Stairway To Heaven" is taken from the track "Taurus", which was composed and played by guitarist, the late Randy California when he was only 16 in 1967. The instrumental was dedicated to his Taurian girlfriend and recorded a year later by his band "Spirit". Led Zepplin heard it while on tour with Spirit in USA. (Randy Wolfe, was named "California" by his great friend of Jimi Hendrix, who tried to bring him to the UK, but Randy was too young at the time).

~~ At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his old English sheepdog "Martha".

(was cruisin the web and found a trivia site)



Dan said...

I had heard of all of those except the Hendrix thing. It was a different world back then but in many ways we are still dealing with racial tension (both ways). It is really too bad that some people can be so close minded and ignorant.

Thanks for the reminders of the other fun facts :-)

Perplexio said...

I have a handful of Spirit albums and Randy California's debut solo album in mp3 format. He was a great (and underrated) guitarist. If you haven't already check out Spirit's The Family That Plays Together album (imho it was their best).

Randy died saving his son's life in 1997. They were swimming in Hawaii and there was a strong undertow, Randy pushed his son closer to shore before being pulled under himself.

Anonymous said...

If you enjoy Spirit and want to right some of these historical wrongs
Sign the petition to get Spirit into the Hall of Fame

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