All music fans love a bit of facts and trivia. Here are a few lesser-known facts that can be used to liven up a conversation or impress friends. Covering a full spectrum of different genres and time periods, each of these facts is interesting and unique. From the early days of the Rolling Stones to artists of the 21st century, enjoy these music facts and trivia.

Before joining Brian Jones to form the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger worked with Dick Taylor of Pretty Things in 1960. The name of the band was “Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.”

As a musical instrument, the guitar sold an estimated 228,000 units in 1950. By 1971, the volume of guitars sold grew to 2.3 million worldwide.

It’s common knowledge that the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first video to air on MTV when the station started on August 1, 1981. However, it was also the millionth video to air, when MTV played it again on February 27, 2000. The video also holds the honor of being the third most-watched video in MTV history.

Following the death of 22-year-old Aaliyah in 2001, her single “More than a Woman” hit number one on UK singles charts. George Harrison died weeks later and knocked it out of the spot with his “My Sweet Lord” single. This is the only time one musician posthumously took over the number one spot from another dead artist.

Before joining The Police, Gordon Sumner was given the stage name “Sting.” This was due to his tendency to wear yellow-and-black jerseys.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood was originally called “Hollycaust.” However, they decided early in their career to change the name after seeing a headline in an old paper regarding Frank Sinatra beginning his movie career.

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