There’s no doubt music fans have always been fascinated by the most unusual stories and rumors surrounding their idols, even if deep inside they know there’s no truth to these tales. This is perhaps the main reason why rock ’n’ roll has always been a minefield of myths and urban legends that have no connection with reality. So for today’s list we will try to uncover the truth behind some of music’s biggest myths and rumors and why many of them have persisted to this day. Are you ready? Because these are 25 Really Weird And Curious Tales From Music Industry History.
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Debbie Harry was almost Abducted by Ted Bundy
Despite this story causing a lot of buzz back in the 1970s and many people falling for it, it appears it was just another trick to boost Blondie’s album sales. Debbie claimed she had accepted a lift in New York from a mysterious man who attempted to abduct her and whom she later realized was the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. However, at the time, Bundy was living thousands of miles away in Utah, and according to his biography he had never visited New York.
Charles Manson Auditioned to be a Member of the Monkees
A myth has been going around for decades that Charles Manson was among the young folks who auditioned to be a member of the Monkees. Even though this is not exactly an impossible scenario since more than 437 people tried out, and Manson was writing music at the time, including a song that was later released by the Beach Boys, there’s only a technical problem: in 1965, at the time of the auditions, Manson was in prison.
Elvis, Tupac, Bob Marley, and Jim Morrison are Still Alive
And they all live happily together on a beautiful island that no one can find on a map simply because this island exists only in the wild imagination of some die-hard, romantic fans.
Lady Gaga is a Hermaphrodite
Ever since Lady Gaga emerged as one of the hottest acts in pop music, rumors have been circulating about her gender. Gaga herself added fuel to the fire when she reportedly wrote the following in a blog in December 2008: “It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female.” However, her manager has dismissed the claims out of hand, calling them “ridiculous.”
“My Way” Karaoke Killings
The “My Way” killings are a social phenomenon in the Philippines, referring to a number of fatal disputes that arose due to the singing of “My Way,” popularized by Frank Sinatra, in karaoke bars. According to the local authorities at least twelve people died between 2002 and 2012 while singing the song. Even though opinions differ over whether the connection is sheer coincidence since the song is frequently sung in the nation’s karaoke bars where violence is common or to the aggressive lyrics, the fact is the song has become the most “deadly” in music history over the past decade.