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What is the first recorded instance of a stage name?

To me, it seems as though stage names did not become very common until recently. Maybe I am wrong, but either way, this got me wondering what the first recorded instance of a stage name is. I am ...
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Who coined the genre “indie”?

I know that “indie” is short for independent to refer to a band’s record label but overtime it grew to encompass a music genre. When/who does “indie” (ex. Indie rock, indie folk) as a genre identifier ...
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Why does all Christian rock music sound the same?

I understand that it's a music genre so somewhat by definition there's a similar sound, but I'd like to know why so much Christian music converged into this similar sounding "Christian rock"....
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How did Paul's Boutique (1989) contain sounds which were "not samples"?

I read this strange claim today: Their second album, Paul's Boutique (1989), composed almost entirely of samples, was a commercial failure, but later received critical acclaim. Source: https://en....
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Songs by the same composer/songwriter regarding political ideals affecting the people

I am interested in songs by the same composer/ song writer that talk about political ideals affecting the country's masses. May I know some?
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Composer who changed music to spite someone [closed]

I am unsure whether this is a fact, rumour or just completely made up, but I remember hearing the story about it and I cannot remember who it was about and which song. It is about a classical music ...
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Why is the Chinese ABC song different?

Why is the Chinese ABC song different to most of the rest of the world? The traditional song in all Western European countries has a fast LMNOP and whole song similar to this: The second half has ...
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How is it possible that the band "Paradisio" was Belgian when they sang in Spanish?

I have always thought that Paradisio, who made/performed the fantastic songs "Baliando" and "Vamos a la Discoteca", was Spanish. They sing in Spanish, look Spanish, and Belgium, ...
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Was OMC’s “How Bizarre” (1995) inspired by Anne Clark’s “Hope Road” (1987)?

Listening to the Anne Clark song “Hope Road” (1987, YouTube, from 01:00), I immediately had to think of OMC’s “How Bizarre” from (1995, YouTube, from 00:15). The rhythm of the vocals is so similar in ...
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Are there any examples in classical music history of "mashups" of two unrelated works?

note: while I use contemporary examples to formulate my question, I'm asking for answers based on examples in classical music. Two contemporary music examples of a "mashup", the combination ...
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Origin/meaning of the lyrics "hang on behind" in the shanty Roll The Old Chariot Along (aka A Drop of Nelson's Blood)

In the old walkaway song/sea shanty known as "A Drop of Nelson's Blood," "Roll the Old Chariot," or "Roll the Old Chariot Along," the last line of each stanza is, "...
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Which musical chords were forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church?

Is it true that during the middle ages there were some musical chords that were forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church? I heard somewhere that you would be even punished by the inquisition then for ...
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Who has won the most different categories of Grammy awards?

I was listening to the song “The Roots of Coincidence” by Pat Metheny Group and learned that the song won a Grammy for best rock instrumental performance - which is surprising given that the group is ...
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Who inherited the rights to Otis Blackwell's extensive song library?

I've been reading about Otis Blackwell's life, and I noticed that no one mentioned an Otis Blackwell estate or inheritors. So I'm wondering - who, if anyone, inherited rights to / his share of ...
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Have any rock bands risked their lives or done anything extreme to achieve a tone?

Especially in today's music industry, achieving all the desired effects and elements that otherwise used to depend on the performance during recording can typically be achieved in post production. One ...
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Late medieval music - Queen of the Poles - Interpretation

I found some basic info about a piece titled "Polorum Regina," which is part of a larger collection known as Llibre Vermell de Montserrat. The pieces have a devotional feel / spirit as is ...
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Is there any source of information about Liam Clancy's song "For Real"

I'm looking for any kind of source of information, regardless of medium, about Liam Clancy's song "For Real", regarding lyrics, background, commentary, etc. I can't seem to find anything ...
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Jimi Hendrix Song Maybe Live or Jamming Session

I am looking for a song that Jimi Hendrix performed that I used to have (on CD I think) that was (I believe) live but may have been a jamming session. It was a cover of a Swedish band (he says this I ...
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Why was Barry Gibb's and Michael Jackson's "All In Your Name" song released 9 years after being recorded and after Michael Jackson's death?

Barry Gibb's and Michael Jackson's "All In Your Name" song was released 9 years after being recorded and after Michael Jackson's death. Why?
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Who composed the Patterson Chorale song that is popular for band warm-up exercises?

My marching/pep band played this at school, and then I heard it in a medley of other songs, and now I found it on YouTube, so it must be pretty popular. I googled Patterson Chorale and couldn't find ...
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Did Freddy Mercury sing in a female 'opera' voice in the song 'Barcelona'?

claims that the audio played is Freddy Mercury singing with a very high 'opera' voice, and the comments seem to agree. On the other hand, I think the voice sounds female and is not Freddy Mercury's. ...
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"Mignon" in Robert Schumann (Album Für Die Jugend Op.68 and Requiem für Mignon, Op. 98b)

"Mignon" was mentioned in: "Mignon" no.35 in <<Album Für Die Jugend Op.68>> This seems to be a reflection in the pondering or deep-...
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What is the oldest known Christmas carol, and what is known about it?

Carols go back at least to Medieval Europe, and the form is associated with Christmas, though not exclusive to it. What is the oldest known Christmas carol? What is known about it? Composer? Place of ...
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Musicians with significant limitations/disabilities

I'm interested in learning about musicians who've had major careers while managing significant physical or mental limitations. A few I know of: Mental illness Tom Harrell (jazz trumpet): ...
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Where can I read information about the English folk song "Monday Morning"?

I'm talking about this song: For years now, I've tried to find a Wikipedia article on it, or any information at all. Oddly, I've been unable to. All I know is that a ...
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What differentiates music of the 1960s and 1980s?

So, I have been wondering a lot a bout how music changed through the decades and came to 2 points. The 80s and 60s. But, I have no music background and don't know why I can tell that the music is from ...
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Mozart - the magic flute - did the story have a dragon or a snake?

I have come across depictions of the dragon of The Magic Flute opera where the creature is conveyed as a dragon, but I have also seen that the original German word should be interpreted as simply a ...
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Did that kid rapper "Lil' Bow Wow" really not release his iconic "That's My Name" song in the mid-1990s?

I have a distinct memory of myself hearing this song on the radio in a certain rented "summer house" in the (roughly) mid-1990s, perhaps even earlier, with the memorable refrain going: Bow ...
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Is there such a thing as relaxing/pleasant Internet radio stations in good quality with no ads?

Between 2004 and 2014, the Swedish government had a wonderful radio station called "SR Minnen", meaning "Swedish Radio Memories". It would constantly loop, without interruption, ...
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Where does the "ta-da" sting come from?

This is the sting. It opens this piece by Dvorak. Where does it come from and what is it called? Why is it such a common fanfare sting? Why is it associated with "ta-da"? To leave no stone ...
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What traditional songs do parents and close family sing to their young (birth - 4) children? [closed]

Background I met a boy, about five years old, from a Persian family, and wanted to teach him some familiar (to him) songs on the piano. However, the children's songs familiar to me were not familiar ...
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Is Beethoven's 5th Symphony named "symphony of fate" by the composer?

There are many myths and doubts about this title. Do we have evidence about the original intention of Beethoven naming his symphony after the so called fate motif?
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What were Roman Catholic hymns called back in the days?

Well, there are three sub-religions in the context of Christianity: Roman Catholicism Orthodoxy Protestantism Before Orthodoxy and Protestantism was developed, what were Catholic hymns called?
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Was Guido d'Arezzo the one who invented the diatonic scale? [closed]

During Music History class I was taught that Guido d'Arezzo had composed the hymn to St. John and had made the ut-re-mi-fa-sol-la-si (solfege) pattern. Here are the lyrics to the first verse: Ut ...
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What has the RIAA(/MPAA/BSA) done in re the recent surge in music piracy due to coronavirus? [closed]

From torrentfreak.com: Coronavirus Lockdown Boosts Interest in Pirate Sites and Services From nbcchicago.com: More People Are Pirating Movies During the Coronavirus Lockdown Question: So what's the ...
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Unreleased Kanye West Chain Heavy album

8 years ago, I downloaded a Kanye West album called Chain Heavy. I've always wondered about the history behind this album: maybe half of the songs are available on YouTube; nothing on other streaming ...
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What car make/model was used for the engine roar in the studio recording of KISS's "Detroit Rock City"? [closed]

Given that it was in the '70s when 8 cylinders were abundant, there could be many. Has it ever been revealed — an interview, a book, someone with really good ears — what car that is? Here is a clip
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Does the Don Carlo in the two Verdi operas--Ernani and Don Carlos--pertain to the same historical character?

In the Verdi opera, "Ernani", there is the role of Don Carlo, later Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, while in the Verdi opera, "Don Carlos", there is the role of Don Carlo, Infante ...
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Ennio Morricone's Ancora Qui first seconds

I feel the first piano musical notes, the very first secondes of Ancora Qui come from another classical music that'd be as famous as Ancora Qui. Unfortunately, I don't know which song and I have no ...
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Hit song with misheard chorus

Here's a music trivia puzzle for you all: What big international hit song had a chorus that was a garbled, misheard rendition of a much older hit song. The original song was in English, the newer song ...
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De do do do de da da de,,,

Music history question: Did the gorgeous sixties French icon Jane Birkin release a song called "De do do do de da da de" in 1969?
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Why is C Sharp Minor rarely used by anything else other than the Piano?

Apparently C Sharp Minor is unheard of outside of the piano. Only two hugely successful symphonies have been made in this key. I was spurred on by Beethoven’s astonishing Moonlight Sonata and was ...
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A recording session with Igor Stravinsky

At 32:47, Stravinsky, whilst recording his Symphony of Psalms, just before another take, says to the orchestra “I give you one bar for nothing in four and the bar before nine is in three, six.” ...
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Why was "Careless Whisper" released as a George Michael single despite being written by both "Wham!" members?

"Careless Whisper" was released on the 1984 Wham! album "Make It Big" and unlike most other Wham! songs at the time, was also written by both George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. So why were the single ...
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Who wrote this arrangement of Moonlight Sonata for the electric guitar?

There are quite a few amazing performances of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata played on electric guitar. This one is my favourite: Ludwig van Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata ( 3rd Movement ) Tina S Cover - ...
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What are some of the earliest examples of songs featuring blast beats in triple metre?

For those who may not know, triple metre most often applies to songs with time signatures of 3 or 9. For the purposes of my question, I will include 6, 12, etc. even though they are usually considered ...
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Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...
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An EDM downtempo prog-house song called *The Spectre* and the DC character called Spectre

Does Alan Walker's song The Spectre have anything at all to do with the DC Comics character called Spectre? Did he base his song off of the DC Character or not? The comic character Spectre is a ...
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What are the origins of the song *A Soft Spot* played by Barry Haris at Tokyo in 1976?

In Barry Harris' live performance at Tokyo in 1976, he plays a song called A Soft Spot. I was wondering about the origins of this song and I would be happy if anyone can find any other jazz recordings ...
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Where is this "overused" piece of ending originated from? [duplicate]

Here it is: Here's an example video, jump straight to the end (at 11:07). It is literally heard everywhere, mostly used as an improvisation, e.g. to add a fun and humorous twist in any piece of ...
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