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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

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day The biggest selling album in the US that didn't make it to number one is "Led Zeppelin IV", which sold over 23 million copies, but stalled at #2 on Billboard's Hot 200 chart. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day Although they are fondly remembered as a pioneering Rock 'n' Roll band, Bill Haley And His Comets were a Country act called The Saddlemen just a few months before recording "Crazy Man, Crazy", the first Rock 'n' Roll song to hit the American charts. #RockTrivia

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day

Rock n' Roll Trivia of the Day The Everly Brothers turned down the chance to be the first to record "Lay Lady Lay" because when they heard Bob Dylan sing it for them, they mis-heard the lyrics as "Lay lady lay, lay across my big breasts, babe." Thinking it was a song about lesbians, they politely declined. #RockTrivia