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My dad told my Stevie Wonder was Ray Charles' son. I realized the truth when I was 12 years old and learned that blindness wasn't hereditary!
I thought that singer Ella Fitzgerald was named Elephants Gerald, because that's what it sounded like when she was introduced.
I used to believe that Milli Vanilli was just another word for vanilla, so when my mom took me for ice cream somewhere, I asked the guy, "I want Milli Vanilli in a cone, please?" The guy laughed for hours, at me, a confused little five- year- old....
I'm sure that I'm not the only one, but I thought that the Partridge Family was an actual family band, and I couldn't understand how they could live in a regular neighborhood and go to public school. Wouldn't they get mobbed for autographs? And didn't they make enough money for a better house?
I was very young.
When I was in high school the Pastor's wife was vehemently telling me how horrible the band Blue Oyster Cult is, because cults worship the devil and go to hell. I tried to explain to her that they weren't really a cult, that's just the name of their band. She wouldn't believe me, and I didn't dare tell her I had their albums!
I used to believe that the Grateful Dead were a hard rock or acid rock band . . . because of their name, and their scary looking album covers, and their following of fans called "dead heads". I was shocked when I first heard their music and went to one of their concerts -- it was practically easy listening!
My mother was American, and played a lot of music from her beloved homeland. Most often, it'd be Janis Joplin. At five years old, I had the singer's death explained to me, and I accepted it, and seemed to have moved on. Until I became convinced that she was alive, and living in our fridge. I have no idea why I believed this, but for a very long time, I was sure that Janis was alive and well, living in an English house, in a large kitchen appliance.
I thought Bob Dylan was black - much to the dismay of my Bob Dylan obsessed friend. I thought his name sounded black, if that makes sense. It was quite a shock when I saw a picture of him, and that he looked just like the mate I mentioned.
I also got The Proclaimers and The Pretenders mixed up, name-wise. For those of who don't know, The Proclaimers are twin geeky-guys from Scotland, in the Leith area, I think. I still don't know who The Pretenders are ... apart from a woman being in their line-up.
I used to think Jimi Hendrix was white, and Eric Clapton was black.
Up until like last week (i'm 19) I though Led Zeppelin sang "Pour some sugar on me" instead of Def Leppard and was surprised at the people who would tell me Led Zeppelin was one thier favorite bands, but my boyfriend cleared that one up quick...lol
When I was a child, maybe 6 or 7 years old, the music teacher at my elementary school showed my class a poster of an Elvis impersonator. "He dresses, acts, and sings exactly like Elvis," the teacher said.
Being a quiet kid, I though about this for several weeks, off and on, before I asked my father one day what Elvis was. "Elvis is an alien from outer space," my father told me. I was 18 years old before I realized he was joking!
I once believed that when it said "no loitering" it meant Kenny Loggins can't play or sing a song there, (i loved Keny Loggins back then).
then in 3rd grade i realized what it really meant...
When I was younger, I thought that Backstreet Boys & N*sync were the same band. I thought it was weird that they would have two different band names. Once N*sync's song was on, and I said outloud, "Why does N*sync have another name?"
My sister thought I was so stupid, once I explained to her that Backstreet Boys and N*sync were the same band.
When I first heard music by the Who, I was intrigued and I asked about who they were. She talked about the basic history of the band, with the guitar-smashing, Pete Townshend's tinnitus, the exploding drums, and all that stuff, but the person in the band she talked about the most was Keith Moon, the drummer. I assumed that he sang, because Eric Clapton, the musician we listened to the most, sang as well, and the most "important" (which, since my mom mentioned him, Keith obviously was - a case can be made for it in any case, but I digress). I believed this until I was about 11 and one of their songs came on the radio and I remarked how amazing it was that Keith could play so well and sing at the same time.
It seemed that everybody in the car except for me knew that this wasn't true. D'oh!
A few years after that, I bought the album Who's Next, which started an album-buying binge during which the Who became my favorite band. But sometimes I still remember back before I didn't know the names of ALL the band members and confused Keith Moon with Roger Daltrey.
This memory became even funnier when I heard him sing "Bell Boy" in Quadrophenia and discovered he really couldn't sing very well. And even funnier when I bought his solo album and realized he couldn't sing worth a damn!
When I was about 4 years old I thought it was such an amazing coincidence that all singers could actually sing.
At about 6 years old, my parents took me to Disneyland. One of the attractions they took me to was a short 3D film called Captain EO, starring Michael Jackson. I remember sitting there watching, and as soon as he appeared, i remember asking my mother, "who is she?" My mother told me, thats not a woman, thats a man. I can't explain how confused I was, yet i can understand that today.
I used to think Ray Charles sang "What a Wonderful World" instead of Louis Armstong and I always wondered, since Ray Charles was blind, how he could sing about "I see trees of green" and stuff like that.
I thought the members of Led Zeppelin had created the zeppelin. One day, I had stumbled across a picture of a zeppelin in some store - and it had the words 'Graf Zeppelin' on it. So I had misread that as 'Led Zeppelin'. I had pointed to it, and said excitedly, 'Look, Mommy, it says Led Zeppelin!' I guess I said it pretty loudly, because some people were looking pretty stunned. My mom had a pretty tough time trying to explain to me that the derigible had been around for many decades before the rock band was.
When I was 3 I was convinced that I would mary John Bon Jovie
I used to talk to the Led Zeppelin poster on my wall - thinking that the members from Led Zeppelin could hear me talking to them, like I had some sort of telepathic connection with them or something. I didn't even know that John Bonham was dead, until I was six.