Music History
How Ella Fitzgerald's Career Began on a Dare
The jazz legend was born 100 years ago today.... READ ON
Forgotten Female Composer Finally Gets Credit for Her Famous Sonata
For decades, the long-lost “Easter Sonata” was thought to be the work of composer Felix Mendelssohn. In fact, it was his sister's creation.... READ ON
When Chuck Berry Became a Beach Boy
If you think the wholesale pilfering of songs began when Vanilla Ice swiped the bass line from David Bowie and Queen’s song “Under Pressure” for “Ice, Ice Baby,” think again.... READ ON
On This Day in 1957, Elvis Bought Graceland
He bought the mansion for his parents to live in.... READ ON
10 Fab Facts About George Harrison
14 Things You Didn't Know About Nina Simone
25 Things You Should Know About Nirvana
David Bowie Is Getting His Own British Postage Stamp Collection
The collection’s 10 stamps feature cover art from six albums, and images of Bowie performing on tour.... READ ON
12 Educational Facts About the Recorder
This elementary school staple has a long history.... READ ON
20 Memorable Elvis Presley Quotes
“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.”... READ ON
Don’t Stop The Music: The Smiths Fan Who Plotted to Hijack A Radio Station
In 1987, one teenage fan in Denver, Colorado took his love of the English rockers a bit too far.... READ ON
Read the Beautiful Letter Frank Sinatra Wrote to George Michael
"Dust off those gossamer wings and fly yourself to the moon of your choice and be grateful to carry the baggage we've all had to carry since those lean nights of sleeping on buses and helping the driver unload the instruments."... READ ON
13 Alternative Lyrics From “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Liven up your singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by subbing in these old—and occasionally strange—lyrics.... READ ON
The Story of Ethel Smyth, Breaker of Operatic Glass Ceilings
On December 1, 2016, the Metropolitan Opera premiered an opera composed by a woman. The last time that happened, it was 1903.... READ ON
Concert of Long-Lost Stravinsky Work to Stream for Free
This will mark the second-ever performance of the piece.... READ ON
Brutal Letter Written By John Lennon to Paul McCartney Post-Breakup Goes to Auction
The cringeworthy artifact is expected to sell for $20,000.... READ ON

In 1728, the philosopher Voltaire got rich by outsmarting the lottery. When the French government accidentally created a raffle where the prize money was significantly larger than the cost of all the tickets combined, Voltaire and his friend formed a syndicate, bought all the tickets, and won.

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