Skip to main content

Questions tagged [history]

For questions about the past or present events of Musical History.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
4 answers
398 views

What are the 'Non-European' 'Classical' musics?

As a French, I've heard many classical musics so far, as instance, among plenty others: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, K.550 — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op.125 'Choral': Ode to ...
2 votes
1 answer
248 views

Is there any particular reason why songs with Spanish lyrics are taking over?

I was reading the charts for most viewed youtube songs for the years 2017/2018 . In it, 7 out of the 10 most viewed youtube music videos are in spanish. Notice this wasnt like this before, in years ...
10 votes
10 answers
7k views

Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

When released for the first time, a single usually suppose to have a hit on the A-side, and a secondary song not supposed to be a hit, on the B-side. That song was basically used to fill the B-side, ...
11 votes
11 answers
10k views

Longest-running artist in music history?

If you google information about longest running bands, there seem to be conflicting accounts, like U2, ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, etc, which depend on the criteria used (no gaps, same members, etc). ...
9 votes
8 answers
5k views

Which artist has served front man in the most bands?

This question arrived after conversing about the spontaneous variety that is Les Claypool. I ask in terms of artists (whether they are, or have been, a singer, guitarist, or bassist, pianist, or any ...
5 votes
1 answer
99 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
57 views

In which year and under which government was this video probably set?

Under which government, in what place, and in what year does this video of Mongol Shuudan's "Finnish Knife" look like it's set? I am not asking for an analysis of the song's lyrics because ...
1 vote
1 answer
103 views

I was a listening in 1982 a song which was very similar to a well-known one "Voyage, voyage" [closed]

I was listening (for many times) a French song which was sounding like the well-known one "Voyage, voyage" with my friends during our trip to Tbilisi (Georgia, USSR) in 1982 (6-8 March). I ...
0 votes
1 answer
67 views

Where is Chris Brown from?

Where is Chris Brown, the famous American artist, from? His music genre is R&B and Hip Hop, he sang "With You".
0 votes
1 answer
49 views

Where is Fat Joe from?

Where does Fat Joe, the famous American rapper, come from? His musical genre is Rap, and he sang "Make it rain".
24 votes
4 answers
38k views

Where did the "rock on" hand sign come from?

A lot of rock musicians use a hand sign to symbolize the concept of "rock on" typically during a performance. The hand symbol is shown below. Where did this hand symbol come from and who created it?
3 votes
4 answers
3k views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
276 views

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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
209 views

How did David Dickey (bassist in the band America) inadvertently fly home to America?

I just read on wikipedia that America bassist David Dickey (who died in 2016) missed a European tour because after landing there, he inadvertently flew back to America. There has to be a story here — ...
1 vote
1 answer
164 views

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, ...
4 votes
1 answer
102 views

Sincerely Wondering If the Hey Jude Promotional Film Is Lip-Synced?

Was watching the old 1968 hey Jude promo film the other day also known as right now and I was wondering if it was lip synced seeing as I could clearly see john lennon playing an epiphone casino when ...
6 votes
4 answers
12k views

First rock band ever?

Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the ...
12 votes
2 answers
267 views

"Corn Cob Blues" - real story?

There’s a song by John Hartford called "Corn Cob Blues", from a 1967 album. The song’s about a cowboy singer promoting the wedding of a member of his backing crew, and the thoughts of the groom ...
17 votes
5 answers
3k views

Why is the Stratocaster guitar so prevalent?

Since the 1960s there have been many famous guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and others, all playing Fender Stratocaster guitars. This is across a variety ...
1 vote
0 answers
33 views

Political message of Hindemith's "Der Schwanendreher"

Hindemith composed this acclaimed viola concerto right around the time when the Nazis came to power and began attacking his works. Since he composed this concerto during such a stressful period, I was ...
4 votes
2 answers
149 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
21 views

Bob Dylan - Mixed Up Confusion

I have a treasured copy of Mixed Up Confusion/Corrina Corrina - the Dutch reissue from the late 60s. I always understood that the version of Mixed Up Confusion was the one that appeared on Dylan's ...
1 vote
3 answers
2k views

The story behind TISM on Hey Hey! It's Saturday?

Many years ago the anonymous Australian rock group TISM (known for their satirical songs and over-the-top performances) appeared on Hey Hey It's Saturday, singing their song "Saturday Night Palsy". I ...
14 votes
1 answer
5k views

What was the first vinyl record ever pressed?

I am wondering about, what was the first vinyl record ever pressed. I am not interested in the first record ever (for example shellac), only the first vinyl record.
0 votes
2 answers
59 views

Is "Ten commandments of man" sexist or ironic?

As per the title, is this song ironic? It seems way too extreme to be anything but ironic, and perhaps at the time it was clear because of how it was performed or who ...
0 votes
1 answer
40 views

"Whiskey in the Jar" - which version is 'canon'?

Of course folksongs have no canon version, but at least in this case two "main", very different variants exist: The depressive one (e.g. Thin Lizzy, our highwayman ends up in prison charged ...
0 votes
0 answers
106 views

How did Celine Dion become so good in English although she's not a native English speaker?

Celine Dion is born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Quebec is mainly a French province since most people speak French, yet we see that Celine Dion is perfect in English even though also her first ...
2 votes
2 answers
797 views

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 - ...
1 vote
1 answer
173 views

Rubinstein with Rachmaninoff piano 3 and Horowitz with Chopin concertos

It seems to me that Rubinstein never recorded Rachmaninoff piano concerto 3, and Horowitz never did Chopin piano concertos. Does this mean that both of them thought their playing styles didn't suit ...
2 votes
2 answers
858 views

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 ...
2 votes
2 answers
107 views

Was Pixies inspired by Rites of Spring?

I was listening to "Hey" by Pixies, and I noticed that the style was quite similar to that of Rites of Spring ("For Want Of" came to mind specifically). Both bands were active around the same time, ...
3 votes
3 answers
124 views

Why are vinyl RPM and tape speed the way they are?

I've two related questions. [1] Analogue record players rotate the disk at 16⅔, 33⅓, 45 or 78 RPM - apart from the first two values, there's no obvious relationship between all those figures. Why were ...
12 votes
1 answer
2k views

The "right here, right now" sample in "Right Here, Right Now"

In Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now, the lyrics contain repetitions of "right here, right now", spoken by a woman. This sample seems to be taken from the movie Strange Days, where Angela Bassett ...
7 votes
1 answer
8k views

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 ...
0 votes
3 answers
3k views

Why did Gustav Mahler use the song "Frère Jacques" in the 3rd movement of his Symphony No. 1 in D major?

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 bewegt, ...
13 votes
5 answers
4k views

How do I play a 16⅔ RPM record?

I bought an LP record from a local library and back home turned it on to hear it. And I get very funny voice like somebody is on helium. I thought I had it on 45 and wanted to switch to 33, but it was ...
5 votes
2 answers
6k views

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.
2 votes
1 answer
184 views

What happened to songs telling stories in our culture?

I've just heard the "Hotel California" once again. Beautiful song from Eagles... Watched nearly 10 covers on the YouTube, some of them are really awesome. This song was really a hit at its ...
2 votes
1 answer
44 views

Why did Goose House do so many home recordings of their song "Sing"? Does that song have special significance to them?

The Goose House music group typically only does one house recording of an original or cover song (at least- after around 2012), but for one particular original song, "Sing", they've done ...
5 votes
1 answer
272 views

Beethoven thematic index

Where can I find a thematic index to the works of Beethoven? In many hymn books there is a tune which is supposed to be from one of his works, but I do not recognize it and would like to find out if ...
4 votes
2 answers
238 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
88 views

Why the excess of 3 children underneath the mango tree?

In the song Underneath the Mango Tree the refrain goes: Mango, banana and tangerine Sugar and ackee and cocoa bean When we get marry we make them grow And nine little chil' in a row https://www....
4 votes
0 answers
64 views

What was the first song to contain a sample from another song on the same album?

Listening to Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and noticed that "Night of the Living Baseheads" contains a few samples from "Bring the Noise" from ...
2 votes
1 answer
910 views

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 ...
3 votes
2 answers
137 views

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 ...
8 votes
2 answers
1k views

What's the oldest known song that is still played today?

I am curious on whether any songs still exist from Roman Empire (before the split, so ca. 27 BC – 395 AD), from the Greek period (Alexander the Great to the end of the Seleucid Empire, so ca. 356 BC - ...
4 votes
1 answer
67 views

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?
2 votes
2 answers
393 views

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"....
5 votes
7 answers
645 views

Musician with the most one-off aliases

On a train of thought inspired by @Bebs' question, there are many one-off fun aliases made up for "off-contract" work : for example Luther Grosvenor as Arial Bender, Bob Dylan as Blind boy Grunt and ...
1 vote
2 answers
313 views

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....

1
2 3 4 5 6