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Did Meat Loaf ever perform the song live, or release a recording of “Everything works if you let it”?

The title of the song Everything works if you let it was a saying of the character played by Meat Loaf in his first starring role in the 1980 film Roadie. Did Meat Loaf ever perform this song live in ...
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Songs with unintelligible lyrics and incomplete lyrics transcript

Are there any recordings of songs that lack a full transcript of the lyrics? Often lyrics are difficult to understand solely from the recording and I can imagine lower fidelity recordings from the ...
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Other than the electric guitar, which plucked chordophones (guitar-like instruments) originated in the United States?

Many countries all around the world took inspiration from stuff like the Lute, the Baroque Guitar, and the Classical Guitar to develop new forms of guitars, that deeply shaped the folklore of the ...
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Aldous Huxley and 5/4 Meter in Music Predating “Take 5”

Background: "Take 5" by Dave Brubeck is one of the more famous jazz standards out there, and one thing any analyst would point out immediately is the tune's 5/4 shuffle, which from what I remember ...
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What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago?

What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago? see quote: " Initially Lean had desired to use a well-known Russian song but could not locate the rights to it, and delegated ...
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Was American Idiot the first Punk “Concept Album”?

American Idiot clearly put Green Day back on the map, and tells the story of Jesus of Suburbia, his disillusionment with society and government, and was said to be influenced greatly by singer Billy ...
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When and where was Luciano Pavarotti born, and died?

I heard that Luciano Pavarotti was born in 1935 and had died in 2007. What was the specific date of his birth ans death? And where was he born/died?
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Why is Kenny G so hated among jazz musicians? Are there objective reasons behind the hate?

Kenny G is an extremely common answer for "artist you dislike the most", "music that irritates you" or similar questions. There's a somewhat popular photo of Miles Davis and Kenny G, where Miles Davis ...
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“Voyage, voyage”

I was listening this song with my friends during our trip to Tbilisi (Georgia, USSR) in 1982 (March). (I had a floppy disk brought by a relative from France or Belgium.) I remember this fact exactly ...
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Origin and meaning of “Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby”

Most famously heard in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou", the traditional lullaby "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" is performed by artists Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch. This song ...
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Did Chopin request that his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 (E minor) be played at his own funeral?

I have read in a couple of places that Chopin himself requested for his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 to be played at his own funeral, but no citation was given. Now I know that the preludes No. 4 and No. 6 ...
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Was the Jaws theme derived from the finale of Dvorak's 9th symphony?

The Jaws theme has a lot of similar elements of the finale of Dvorak's New World Symphony. They both begin with alternating minor seconds.
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Were the lyrics in Coldplay's “Viva la Vida” changed?

Did the group Coldplay really originally have the words "Roman Catholic priests are singing" in their song "Viva la Vida", and later replace it with "Roman Cavalry choirs are singing"?
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Did Handel's wine fuel his music?

We have several anecdotes and legends about the composer. So I ask: was he an alcoholic or a workaholic?
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Why is unpitched percussion so dominant in music produced in the last century onward?

The motivation for this question is personal; I find unpitched percussion grating, and thus the way that I will pose the question will be colored by that. The prevalence of unpitched percussion is ...
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Why are major keys traditionally happy and minor keys traditionally sad?

From the 15th to 18th of last July, I was in a music education camp in Alpensia Resort of Pyeongchang. On the 17th, a masterclass teacher taught this to me and all of the other students, while working ...
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Podcast on History and evolution of Musics

I am looking for a beginner-friendly podcast which can introduce me to the world of music, like beginning from the old times and through the classic era and last century to the present. Do you know of ...
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Underrated Music by John Williams | Which pieces of music by John Williams are critically acclaimed but have received very little popular attention? [closed]

John Williams is largely known for his Star Wars soundtrack. He is critically acclaimed. Many people will recognise the "Imperial March" theme from Star Wars. [You might find the song "Hymn to the ...
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What was the story behind Deep Purple's “Smoke on the Water”?

It was 1971 in Montreux close to where I live. But it wasn't me who ... We've got just married in that time!
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Ginger Baker dead: Why is he been called the most dangerous drummer?

Ginger Baker, the drummer for rock supergroups Cream and Blind Faith, dies at 80. Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the rock supergroup ...
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Why are final “Amen” cadences in choral hymn songs usually written as plagal (IV-I) cadences?

In choral hymn music, there is usually an "Amen" at the end that is conventionally written as a plagal IV-I cadence. Is there any historical reason of why it is written this way?
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Chopin wrote a plagal cadence at the end of his Scherzo No. 1 that resembles a final “Amen” on a choral hymn. Was he a Christian?

Composer under examination: Frédéric Chopin Musical piece under examination: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Excerpt under examination: Final Cadence Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B minor concludes ...
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Movie scene about Dr. Dre discovering Eminem

I can’t remember when I’ve seen a movie scene where (if I’m right) Jimmy Iovine is sitting with Dre and he turns on a cassette he found in garage and that's the time Dre first hears Eminem. So my ...
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Which was first “Stronger” or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”?

As it is well known, Stronger by Kanye West features Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk (https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/kanye-west-stronger-10-anniversary-2119541). A friend told me ...
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Neil Young's inscrutable liner notes for “Cinnamon Girl”

I was reading the comments of Neil Young on his song “Cinnamon Girl” and I was wondering what’s the meaning of this: Wrote this for a city girl on peeling pavement coming at me thru Phil Ochs eyes ...
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Why Ritchie Blackmore hated “When a Blind Man Cries”?

In wikipedia it is written that: Because guitarist Ritchie Blackmore disliked "When a Blind Man Cries", the band never played the song live during his stay with the band, with the exception of one ...
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Why did Pierre Boulez wear sunglasses while conducting?

Reddit refers to this "1968 video of Maestro Boulez conducting a bit of the second movement of Debussy's "Nocturnes". I know that Boulez 'pretty much hated everyone apart from maybe Webern, ...
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Why did Gustav Mahler use the song “Frère Jacques” in the 3rd movement of his Symphony No. 1?

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, in D major, is written as a typical and conventional four-movement structure (opening - dance - slow - finale): I. Langsam, schleppend. II. Scherzo. Kräftig ...
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about Soft Machine and Gong

Is there a book or a source containing the whole history of Soft Machine and Gong? In particular focusing on the interaction between their members during the sixties and before their foundation?
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Difference between Song and Qawwali?

Yesterday in lecture my teacher asked me to tell me the difference between Song and Qawwali and don't have any answer and he said me to tell me the difference b/w them tomorrow.Please tell me the real ...
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How has popular music singing evolved over the past 70 years to where it is now?

While I have a background in music (as fine arts), I am less familiar with pop and its associated analysis, which tends to be culturally-based. There is a diction in singing that seems to have shifted ...
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First 45 not to feature a “second song”?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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Voegeli's “All things Considered” Theme Song and It's Hollywood Connection

The theme song for the NPR show "All Things Considered" is based on a 1974 composition by Don Voegeli. You can hear the multiple versions in the podcast at this page. Interestingly, after Voegeli ...
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What is the story of Widmann: Viola Concerto?

I have come across a video of the concert on Facebook. It said that the violinist starts screaming at some point during the concert, which is true. Furthermore, on Youtube, all the comments talk ...
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GREEN BOOK: Is there any sheet music available by Don Shirley?

Don or Doc Shirley was an afro-american pianist and composer (Movie: GREEN BOOK) I am looking for midi files or written music (especially his interpretation of blue skies: https://www.youtube.com/...
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was Don Shirley also a composer even if he didn't write down any sheet music?

first I want to say that I'm just trying to find some questions to pay attention to Doc Shirley. Yesterday we went to see the movie "THE GREEN BOOK" and from the first piece he played I realized what ...
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Did Ray Manzarek play a Hohner keyboard bass on a commercial recording or public occasion?

I was looking into buying a Hohner Bass (out of historical interest into Hohner keyboards, not because I am planning to play it). To my amazement I found several offers, and wiki-style pages, that ...
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Did Sidney Bechet “study” with Lorenzo Tio Jr.?

Did Sidney Bechet "study" with Lorenzo Tio Jr.? To my knowledge, they associated with each other, but I don't know about studied with in the way that Dodds or Bigard did. The wikipedia article ...
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Why is the melody for the “Gloria” from “Angels We Have Heard On High” so similar to the one from “Ding Dong Merrily On High”?

Here's an etymology question, if you will: the choruses of "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Angels We Have Heard On High" have the same melody for the first few bars, and on the same word. This seems ...
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Who was the first person to spin a double bass during a performance?

I was wondering who was the first person to spin a double bass during a performance, and who popularized it?
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Did Glenn Gould's humming bother other musicians during concerts?

I hope this question is appropriate on this SE. Maybe it's a bit of a trivia but somehow I see it as part of music history. So Glenn Gould's humming is notorious and does not need to be discussed. ...
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What classical piece is used as inspiration during the first six seconds of Purple Dreams by Figaro Castello?

I think the artist Figaro Castello borrowed a motif from a famous romantic era piece in his piano composition "Purple Dreams". Spotify link. What is the name of the piece it is alluding to? It is ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

I'm a fan of traditional Sitar Raga Music and Sitars used in popular/psychedelic/progressive music. The other night I was listening to an NPR station and briefly thought I heard a piece of Jazz music ...
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

Wikipedia on Suspicious Minds explains: Elvis' primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before ...
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Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus - year of birth

I was just watching the programme Gone... But Not Forgotten 30 Stars of the 80s. It mentioned Rob Pilatus (1965-1998) with Milli Vanilli's song Girl I'm Gonna Miss You. Just out of curiousity I ...
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What does “language is gestural and splintered” mean in music? How can it arouse “the overall impression of highly coloured abstraction”?

I'm reading The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5th ed.) by Joe Staines. On p. 563 bottom, left column, he writes: Takemitsu’s orchestral works vary considerably, but his overriding ...
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Who's the earliest rock band to use a sitar?

Who's the earliest rock band to use a sitar on a song recording or album?
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How can I locate old sheet music if I know the author, title and copyright info?

In doing research about one of my ancestors, I found a record of a hymn that he wrote and received a copyright for, back in 1914. I'm interested in locating a copy of the sheet music, but I have no ...
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Why did Mahler experience fin-de-siècle angst?

Source: The Complete Classical Music Guide (2012). General Editor: John Burrows OBE HonRCM, edited with Charles Wiffen. p. 152 Bottom Right. Music Apart from lost student chamber works, ...
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Why did Guillaume de Machaut believe that “in my end is my beginning, and in my beginning”?

Source: The Master and His Emissary (2009). p. 448 Middle.   The individual life was seen in the past as more than just a line leading to — what? Its shape had the qualities of a circle: in my ...