Rumors About Musicians That Turned Out To Be True
If your life is filled with money and groupies and fame, at some point people will start spreading fake stories about you.
But with all the crazy gossip out there, here are some rumors about musicians that actually turned out to be true.
For some reason, frustrated creatives sometimes turn violent. What if the Beach Boys had appreciated Charles Manson’s abilities as a songwriter? It might not have helped, but who knows?
SF Gate reports that Manson desperately wanted to be famous, and after becoming friends with the Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson in 1968, they started collaborating.
Finally, the Beach Boys agreed to buy Manson’s song “Cease to Exist.” Manson’s one stipulation was they couldn’t change it at all. But Wilson did, heavily, and changed the title to “Never Learn Not to Love.” The song ended up as a B-side.
The reason some people don’t believe this story is that Manson’s name didn’t appear on the record. Wilson took full credit for the song, and Manson was furious. One songwriter claims Manson approached Wilson and basically threatened to kill his children. Instead of being terrified, Wilson allegedly beat the crap out of Manson. That was the end of Manson’s music career. A year later, his followers killed Sharon Tate and four others.
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Throughout the music industry’s extensive history, gossip and rumors have always been present. From affair allegations to substance abuse, fans have always been fascinated with the personal lives of their favorite musicians. However, sometimes these rumors that seem too good or too crazy to be true, end up being just that- true.
One rumor that turned out to be accurate was Prince’s hidden vault full of unreleased music. The exact details of the vault’s contents weren’t confirmed until after the artist’s untimely death in 2016. Reportedly, it held over 8,000 recordings ranging from demos to fully produced tracks. These never-before-heard songs have since been released posthumously, showcasing Prince’s prolific songwriting abilities even after his passing.
Another notorious rumor that ended up being factual was the intense drug use of “The King of Pop,” Michael Jackson. For years, rumors had circulated about Jackson’s drug addiction, but it wasn’t until the singer’s death in 2009 that it was confirmed through an autopsy report. The results showed that Jackson had a cocktail of prescription drugs in his system, including propofol, the anesthetic used to induce and maintain anesthesia during surgical procedures.
The Fleetwood Mac soap opera was another example of rumors proving to be true. During the height of their success, the band’s members, including Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, were romantically involved. In fact, it was reported that much of their hit album, “Rumours,” was inspired by the romantic tension and infidelity within the band. The album was a massive success, and the band’s reputation for drama only further solidified their place in music history.
Another rumor that eventually became a reality was Pink Floyd’s rift between band members. For years, fans had speculated about the animosity between Roger Waters and David Gilmour. These rumors were all but confirmed when Waters left the band, and they proceeded to have a public feud over the rights to the Pink Floyd name. While the conflict was tragic for fans, it sparked solo careers for both artists, ultimately leading to the creation of some iconic music.
Lastly, the recent revelations about R. Kelly’s predatory behavior are unfortunately another example of a rumor that turned out to be true. For years, rumors had swirled around Kelly’s inappropriate relationships with underage girls, but it wasn’t until a documentary series aired in 2019 that the full extent of his actions came to light. He was eventually charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse and is currently awaiting trial.
In conclusion, rumors and gossip have always been a staple in the music industry, but sometimes they turn out to be true. In the above examples, the accuracy of these rumors has only reinforced the fascination and intrigue fans have in the personal lives of their favorite musicians. However, it’s important to remember that behind the fame and fortune often lies a darker reality, and we should approach rumors with a critical eye, recognizing that not everything is black and white.