10 Fun Music Facts: Week of June 29


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The Andrews Sisters were Greek – their real name was Andreos – but their first hit was based on a Yiddish fiddle tune called “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön,” which was translated by Sammy Kahn. The title translates roughly to “To Me You’re Beautiful.”

Actor Kevin Bacon is an accomplished guitarist who performs on an ongoing basis with his brother in The Bacon Brothers band.


Leadbelly and Martha Promise


Champion Jack Dupree

John Hammond discovered and/or worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

LaVern Baker’s real name was Dolores Williams. She once was known as “Little Miss Sharecropper” and in 1991 became the second woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Aretha Franklin was the first.

Ludwig van Beethoven gave his first public performance when he was seven years old.

The only member of ZZ Top without a beard is drummer Frank Beard. Lead guitarist Billy Gibbons and bass player Dusty Hill were offered $1 million apiece by Gillette to shave for a television commercial in 1984. They refused.

Some people feel that the singer at the in the foreground of this clip of anonymous singers performing “Mary Don’t You Weep” is Leadbelly. Experts doubt that it is he.

Champion Jack Dupree, who was also known as Meathead Johnson and Brother Blues, lived at the New Orleans’ Colored Waifs’ Home for Boys, where Louis Armstrong spent part of his youth.

Joan Báez’s sister, Mimi Fariña, also was a singer/songwriter, though the two rarely performed together.

Devo is short for “de-evolution” and is based on the idea that humanity and society are moving backwards.

Harmonica player image: Helkathon