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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Money, Mothers, Names

Money • Screenwriter/critic Frank Cottrell Boyce met Nico at Eric’s, a punk nightclub in 1970s Liverpool, but maybe that wasn’t a good thing. He told her that he loved her, and she replied, “Really? Do you have any money? I seem … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

Hans Pfitzner, composer of the opera Palestrina, went to a German town for an event and stayed in a small hotel. He got up early and started composing, but at 7:30 a.m. workers began to break up with a drill … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

Katy Perry’s real name is Katie Hudson, but she changed her name to avoid confusion with Kate Hudson, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Almost Famous. “Perry” is Katie’s mother’s maiden name. (Katy … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

As a young boy, pianist Carl Czerny heard a family friend named Gelinek talk about how he was looking forward to meeting a pianist later that night at a party and how he and his friends were going to “thrash … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

  In 1956, Elvis Presley was a recording phenomenon, turning out hit after hit, and songwriters — including friends and colleagues Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, writers of “Hound Dog” — really, really wanted him to record their songs. Mr. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/manhattan-concert-solo-piano-park-1674404/ As a young boy, pianist Carl Czerny heard a family friend named Gelinek talk about how he was looking forward to meeting a pianist later that night at a party and how he and his friends were going to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/person-human-child-girl-blond-822850/ A common occurrence at many classical music concerts is discovering that the program is incorrectly printed. Unfortunately, this happens even at the highest level of the music world. Famed conductor Sir Thomas Beecham once told his audience during a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/sculpture-bronze-the-listening-2209152/ Latin singer Ricky Martin knew what he wanted at a very young age. He auditioned three times to become a member of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo. The first audition he was rejected because he was too short … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Music Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/microphone-boy-studio-screaming-1209816/  Some people who hear punk music think that it is created by no-talent musicians who can’t even tune their guitars. Sometimes, they are right. One of the punk singers with no discernible talent was a nutter named Jon the … Continue reading

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