Fun Facts: Music Edition

Fun Facts: Music Edition

Story by Shayla James, Staff Writer

Everybody listens to music, it’s a part of life. From pop to rock, there is a genre for everyone.1. In August 1983, Peter Stewart of Birmingham, UK, set a world record by disco dancing for 408 hours.

2. The first pop video was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen in 1975.

3. In 1952, John Cage composed and presented ‘ 4’33”, a composition consisting of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence.

4. The first recorded use of the flute, clarinet, oboe, and trumpet was in ancient Egypt.

5. The largest musical instrument is the organ in the Municipal Auditorium, in Atlantic City, having 33,112 pipes.

6. The largest drum ever made was 12 feet in diameter and weighed 600 pounds.

7. The longest song title is “The Sad But True Story Of Ray Mingus, The Lumberjack Of Bulk Rock City, And His Never Slacking Strive In Exploiting The So Far Undiscovered Areas Of The Intention To Bodily Intercourse From The Opposite Species Of His Kind, During Intake Of All The Mental Condition That Could Be Derived From Fermentation.”

8. Usher holds the Star search record for the longest note held by a child. He was 13 years old and held the note for 12.1 seconds.

9. Diana Ross appeared on at least one hit single every year from 1964 to 1996, spanning 33 years.

10. A current project called “Longplayer” is attempting to make the worlds longest song. It is set to last almost 1,000 years, and conclude just before the year 3000.