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1) Who was awarded the very first gold record?

Although there were earlier publicity stunts involving records sprayed with gold lacquer, the actual award recognized today as a Gold Record was first awarded to Perry Como in 1958 for his recording of "Catch a Falling Star".

2) What pop singer is known as "The Material Girl"?

Madonna became known as "The Material Girl" after her hit single of the same name hit the charts in 1984. She hates it, claiming she would never have done the song if she knew the name would stick.

3) What Depeche Mode song was inspired by Priscilla Presley's book Elvis and Me?

"Personal Jesus" was inspired by Priscilla Presley's book Elvis And Me, in which she describes her relationship with Elvis Presley.

4) How much pressure do the strings in a grand piano exert on the frame?

Each string has a tension of 160-200 lbs, resulting in a total combined force of up to 30 tons in a concert grand.

5) What is the oldest surviving musical instrument?

An ancient bone flute, estimated to be about 43,000-82,000 years old, was found by Dr Ivan Turk, a palaeontologist at the Slovenian Academy of Science at a Neanderthal campsite in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1998. The oldest known musical instrument, it is made of an old cavebear femur segment with four holes (two complete and two partial).

6) What singer holds the world record for most words in a hit single?

The Detroit rapper achieved a world record with "Rap God". The six-minute track contains 1,560 words which means that Eminem is rapping a tongue-twisting 4.28 words per second.

7) What was the first rock-n-roll song to hit #1 on the charts?

The first rock 'n' roll song to hit #1 was "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets. It held the top spot for 8 weeks.

8) Who did the vocals for Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky"?

"Great Gig in the Sky" is one of the few Pink Floyd songs to use a female vocal. The band wanted a girl who could sing like she was having an orgasm. Their engineer, Alan Parsons, brought in a singer he knew named Clare Torry who provided the hauntingly beautiful improvised vocal on the song. Thirty years later, she would sue Pink Floyd over rights to the song.

9) U2's "Angel of Harlem" was written about what singer?

U2's "Angel of Harlem" was written about Billie Holiday, a Jazz singer who moved to Harlem as a teenager in 1928. She had a difficult childhood which affected her life and career, but she went on to play a variety of nightclubs and became famous for her spectacular voice and ability to move her audience to tears. Her final years, however, were tragic. She became addicted to heroine, was swindled out of her earnings, and died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 44 with only $0.70 in the bank. She was arrested on her deathbed, in 1959, as narcotic addiction at that time was considered a crime, not an illness.

10) What singer is known as the "Empress of the Blues"?

Bessie Smith, the greatest of all blues singers, is known as the "Empress of the Blues". A protégé of an earlier blues singer named Ma Rainey, Bessie recorded during the 1920s. Her flair and dramatic style would set the stage for many artists to come, including other transitional favorites from the 1950's, such as Etta James and Dinah Washington. Bessie Smith died at the young age of forty-three in a tragic automobile accident.