From 1939 until 1977, the winner of the annual Trinidad calypso competition was crowned the Calypso King. In 1978 Calypso Rose won the title, so they had to change the name.
A 1932 lawsuit attempted to answer the question “who was the real Betty Boop?”
Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky composed Pictures at an Exhibition based on a journey through his late friend’s art exhibit – but what happened to the pictures?
In 1994 the art duo K Foundation burned a million pounds in cash. They did it on purpose.
The solfège system teaches Western music scales: do re mi fa sol la ti do. But who is “do”?
Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde set the course of 20th century classical music by keeping the audience in suspense for four hours with a single unresolved chord.
The Sardinian launeddas, also known as a triplepipe, sounds like someone playing three clarinets at the same time.
If you’re at a circus and you hear the band play “The Stars and Stripes Forever” – you better run.
“Gaudeamus igitur” is a solemn Latin song commonly sung at Western graduation ceremonies. Two hundred and fifty years ago, it was a bawdy student drinking song.
In 2017 Nigerian musician Femi Kuti set the world record for longest sustained saxophone note: fifty-one minutes and thirty-five seconds.
The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff has a songwriter credit for the power ballad “All by Myself.”
Sarah Josepha Hale published “Mary had a Little Lamb” in 1830. Forty-six years later, Mary Tyler claimed to be the original Mary.
John Newton was a press-ganged sailor, a slave, a slave-ship captain, an Anglican priest, an abolitionist, and the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.”
Mozart’s famous piece Ein kleine Nachtmusik has four movements – but in his personal catalogue, Mozart recorded five.
On March 31, 1913, a concert performance in Vienna ended with a riot and a famous slap.
The 1956 novelty song “The Flying Saucer” was one of the first mashup records. The words of the first spaceman ever to land on Earth? “A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bam-boom!”