1. Bing Crosby “Ol’ Man River” Bing was born in Tacoma one of the richest musicians of all time!
Bing Crosby: $550 million
The man who sang “I Haven’t Time to Be A Millionaire” was incredibly wealthy. Crosby ranked among the 10 richest Americans in the 1930s—before he sang “White Christmas” and became one of the biggest movie stars of the ‘40s. His Bing Crosby Enterprises was the first pop artist entertainment empire, with properties ranging from television stations to Ampex magnetic tape technology to horse tracks.
2.Foo Fighters "Aurora"
"Aurora" is about questioning the meaning of life. Dave Grohl described song as a "nostalgic look back at Seattle and the life I once had". The song is also inspired by the death of Dave Grohl's grandmother.
Dave Grohl tagged the side of the tower records on QA which is now Silver Platters.
One of Ann And Nancy's first preformances was at their family church in Bellevue. Later at a Youth Day event at their church, the duo chose to sing "The Great Mandella (The Wheel of Life)," by Peter, Paul and Mary, Elvis Presley's "Crying in the Chapel," and The Doors' "When the Music's Over". The anti-war sentiment, and the irreverence for the venue in some of the lyrics, offended a number of people. By time they finished, more than half had walked out. Nancy felt some guilt over the event, but "it lit a bonfire under us because we saw for the first time that what we did on stage could have an impact on an audience.
4. Quincy Jones produced Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall” “Don’t Stop Till Ya Get Enough”. Quincy attended Garfeild High School.
It was also in Seattle that Jones, 14, first met a 17-year-old Ray Charles.
5. Sir Mix A Lot/Metal Church Collaboration “Iron Man”
Seattle rapper Anthony Ray, a.k.a. Sir Mix-A-Lot, recently spoke to The Onion A.V. Club about his collaboration with METAL CHURCH on the track "Iron Man" (based on the BLACK SABBATH song of the same name) from his 1988 album "Swass". "In retrospect, I really don't like that song, and I'm very honest about why: It was an obvious attempt at trying to capitalize on what RUN-D.M.C. was doing," he said. "When things are that obvious, they're kind of cheesy, and I wish I hadn't done it. But you learn from it. I love rock, though. Now more so than then. I'm going to do a rock album, but it won't be that kind of sh*t. It'll be a rock-remix album.
Asked if his version of "Iron Man" was one of the first rap-rock songsafter the AEROSMITH/RUN-D.M.C. collaboration on "Walk This Way", he said, "It was. [RUN-D.M.C.'s] 'King Of Rock' was a big deal, but I wanted to do something harder, metal stuff. I love heavy metal, hard sh*t. I'm the guy you see at Ozzfest. I wanted to do something a lot harder, but at that time, I think it was a little disrespectful to hip-hop, and a little disrespectful to rock. RUN-D.M.C. could do it, but I don't think anybody else at that time should have been doing it."
6. Nirvana "Breed"
The bands Nevermind cd release at the ReBar. Kurt and Krist were booted for bringing booze into the venue. And getting too drunk.
7. Duff Mckagan “We Win”
Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver & Guns N' Roses) has been known to use a white bass with "Solger" written in black marker across it to show his support for his long-time friend Paul Solger and his battle with cancer.
Solger was considered by many as the first hardcore punk band in Seattle. The name Solger was a misspelling of Soldier, coming from their anti-draft song Dead Soldier. Their five song self-titled 7" record and its super lo-fi sound become a collector’s item, as well as setting the standard for comparison by other lo-fi punk recordings worldwide.
Paul Dana (guitar), also known as Paul Solger, started the band after meeting Kyle Nixon (vocals) in May 1980. The rhythm section on the Solger EP was Doug Rockness on bass and Seattle based multi-instrumentalist Tor Midtskog (later of Seattle's Colour Twigs, Nightcaps and currently MoonSpinners) on drums.
After leaving Solger, Paul joined up with the Fartz. He then started The Fags with Upchuck, he played with Ten Minute Warning a few years later.
8. The Sonics "The Witch"
The Sonics were scouted by Buck Ormsby, bassist for popular Northwest band the Wailers, and signed to the Wailers' own label, Etiquette Records. The first single they cut was "The Witch" (with Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'" as the B-side), in November 1964. The record was immensely popular with local kids, and went on to become the biggest selling local single in the history of the Northwest, despite its radio airplay being restricted because of its bizarre subject matter.
Buck Ormsby continues to manage them to this day!
What do Macklemore and Quincy Jones have in common? They both went to Garfield High Shool.
First hot 100 #1 one song to come outta Seattle since Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back”.
10. Nevermore “Seven Tongues Of God”
Nevermore started in the beginning of the 1990s, when the band Sanctuary was pressured by its recording label to change its musical style, switching from heavy metal to grunge, which was obtaining mainstream success at the time due to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam (both, incidentally, also from Seattle). Two members of the band – vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard — didn't agree with the change, and thus proceeded to create a project of their own: Nevermore.
He was auditioned for Megadeth (during the So Far, So Good...So What! era) at the age of 16, after their lead guitarist Jeff Young was fired from the band. After they played a few songs together, Dave Mustaine, the band's frontman and other lead guitarist, thanked Loomis and told him that one day he would become a great guitar player, but because of his age he was not right for the position. Jeff Loomis saw Cacophony on tour, and told Marty Friedman, who became very interested, about the audition. Marty tried out for the position and joined the band in 1989. In 2005, Loomis would then share the stage with Megadeth, as the lead guitarist for Nevermore as part of Mustaine's Gigantour festival. Jeff began to work on his solo album "Zero Order Phase". At this time Megadeth were having tryouts for a new guitarist once again and invited Jeff to join them. Jeff turned the band down in order to keep working on his solo album. Coincidentally, Loomis' co-guitarist in Nevermore, Chris Broderick, auditioned for Megadeth and was given the part.