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Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day: When Elvis Presley's mother first heard Gene Vincents's "Be-Bop-A-Lula", she mistakenly thought it was her son's latest single. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day: Only two Lennon / McCartney songs have ever topped the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist other than The Beatles. They were "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon in 1964 and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" by Elton John in 1975. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day: The Band's Robbie Robertson said that when he wrote "The Weight", the line about pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' 'bout half past dead, the town was actually Nazareth, Pennsylvania because they make legendary Martin Guitars there. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day: The Beatles hit "Ticket To Ride" was written after John Lennon and Paul McCartney had visited Paul's cousins, Mike and Bett Robbins, who operated a pub in the seaside town of Ryde. The journey took place after the pair had purchased a ferry ticket to Ryde. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day America reached #8 in the US with "Ventura Highway" in 1973. Although no such highway exists, there is a Ventura County in California and Highway 101 runs through it. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day: When Gary Paxton put a group of musicians together to record the novelty song "Alley-Oop", he thought it was to fulfill his contract obligation to his former label, Brent Records. According to drummer Sandy Nelson, "all the participants were hopelessly drunk on cider by the time they recorded the song." Despite the loose performance, the song went all the way to Billboard's number one spot in July, 1960. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day Iron Butterfly was booked to play at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, but got delayed at the airport and missed the gig. It was a wasted opportunity that cost them a fortune in royalties. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day Brian Wilson was inspired to name The Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds" after band mate Mike Love expressed his dis-like for the material by commenting: "Who's gonna hear this shit? The ears of a dog?" #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day Songwriters Isaac Hayes and David Porter found the inspiration to write Sam And Dave's 1967 hit "Soul Man" while watching TV news coverage of riots in Detroit. African-Americans had written the word "Soul" on buildings owned by black Detroit business people, so they would not be destroyed, giving Hayes the idea of someone being "a Soul man." #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day The four members of The Monkees were each paid $450 per episode in the first season of their TV show. Although their salary was raised to $750 for the second season, they received virtually nothing for their merchandising. #RockTrivia