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When I was young (about seven)I thought that I could not be a popstar because I didn't have the ability to sing 2 things at once. Years later, i learned they used a backing track.
At one time I believed that ZZ Top was an unusually large bustline.
Until the age of 12, Richard Branson was the lead singer of The Bee Gees. No one told me this, I must have just seen the whole blonde hair and moustache/goatee affair and presumed. I was gutted when I found out, mostly because I found out by confidently telling all my friends and then being mocked for a few years.
When people said about Stevie Wonder being blind I thought it was a reference to his choice of clothes. It was only when I was about 13 the penny dropped.
There was a note in the credits of a Disney movie I saw as a child that said some of the singers who had performed songs for the film appeared "courtesy of Columbia." I didn't realize that Columbia was a recording company (nor would I have understood about contracts if I had known), and I thought they were talking about Colombia, the country. I was sure these singers must be amazingly important people if Disney had to get the whole Colombian government's permission to use them!
I used to wonder why people didn't use his first name when they spoke of McJagger of the Rolling Stones.
I used to believe that Spinal Tap was a real band. I was 19 and gutted when I found out.
I used to believe that the duo Hall & Oats were farmers. Why else would they name themselves "Haulin' Oats"?
When I was a little kid I was convinced that Little Richard and Captain Hook were the same person. They both had the same hair, mustache and clothes. But I could never figure out how Little Richard could play piano so well with a hook for a hand.
I believed that my Dad's friend Phil and Bruce Springsteen were the same person, because they both had sort of bushy hair and wore denim sometimes. It didn't matter than Phil was Cornish.
Until a few days ago I thought the phrase "prima donna" was really "pre-madonna" as in a young girl who was likely to follow in Madonna's footsteps.
i honestly used to think there were two michael jacksons, one who was a young black boy and another who was an older white guy.
Up until a few weeks ago I believed that the reason that Michael Jackson looked so strange was because his plastic surgery had melted under a rather hot spotlight on stage. Apparently plastic surgery isnt actually done with plastic.
i used to believe the rolling stones wrote rolling stone magazine.
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 that singer Ella Fitzgerald was named Elephants Gerald, because that's what it sounded like when she was introduced.
I used to believe that the pop charts were musical versions of lonely hearts columns and all singers were looking for love. I once announced to my dad that Madonna (in 1988) would never get a boyfriend looking like that!
When I was younger I thought that band names made the band literally what their name said they were. This lead me to believe that The Beatles broke up because The Byrds ate them. I was also very confused that Monkees and Doors could play instruments.
I told someone once that my favorite band was the Funkel brothers- Simon and Garth.
(Simon & Garfunkel)
I used to believe that Elvis (a fat singer in a white suit) and Elvis Presley (a thin movie star) were two different people. I only ever saw both on reruns in the eighties, and didn't realize they were the same people until they made him into a stamp.