Greatest unsolved mysteries in rock music

The Beatles Mystery Chord

The Beatles mystery chord refers to the first chord of Hard Day’s Night. It was first believed to be a G7sus4, but guitarist, George Harrison later revealed that he was playing an F chord with a G on top and the rest of the frequencies were produced by the rest of the band playing other notes and chords at the same time. For 40 years nobody knew exactly what the combination of notes and chords was. Recently, a mathematician cracked the code and solved the mystery behind the Hard Day’s Night chord.

Unknown Mystery 60′s Group

In 1997 a CD was released containing songs from a reel-to-reel tape by an unknown band found in a flea market. No information was given except for the song titles written on the box of the tape. Members of the “unknown group” were asked to contact the record label owners through classified advertisements. Nobody knows for sure who the band members are or if the songs were even recorded in the sixties. Many believe the whole thing to be an elaborate hoax dreamed up by marketing executives.

The Unsolved Death of Jim Morrison

There are no records of the official cause of Jim Morrison’s death. He was found by his girlfriend in a bathtub. Heart failure is one possible cause, an overdose of heroine is another. No autopsy was ever performed leaving the actual cause of his untimely death at the age of 27 up for debate.

Did John Lennon hide his love away?

It was no secret The Beatle’s manager Brian Epstein was gay. Rumours have spread that John Lennon and Brian Epstein shared a secret affair on a trip to Spain in 1963. Some even think the song “Hide Your Love Away” is actually about Epstein. The truth behind this musical mystery was buried with Brian Epstein August 29th 1967.

Who Killed Kurt Cobain?

Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8th, 1994 having suffered a fatal shotgun wound to the head. Although the death was officially ruled as suicide it is widely speculated that something much more sinister took place. Fingers have been pointed at his wife, Courtney Love. Some even believe that the band’s drummer, Dave Grohl killed Cobain out of jealousy. Grohl now fronts the the band The Foo Fighters.

Robert Johnson

There is a lot of mystery surrounding this infamous delta blues guitarist. It is widely believed that he sold his soul to the devil. It is also widely believed that his untimely death was a direct result of the devil collecting his due. Although it is speculated that Johnson was given strychnine by a jealous husband, nobody knows for sure just how he died. Another mystery surrounding Johnson is the fact that he and so many other notable musicians died at the age of 27 , many of them inexplicably.

Solved! The mystery that has plagued humankind for centuries!

How do songs get stuck in our head and how do we get rid of them? The phenomena is called Earworms and there are several theories on how to get rid of them .

Remembrance Day; Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day when we all take time to think about the fallen soldiers and the veterans who fought for our freedom in the first and second world wars, as well as the Korean war.

Many don’t know just what they can say on a day like this. When I don’t know what to add, I usually play a song. If someone has already said it better, let them say it.

When I think of Remembrance Day, I think of the song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ When I was in grade school all the classes would rehearse this song individually and on November 11th we would all gather in the gym and recite the lyrics off of the overhead projector as part of the memorial ceremonies. It is a quite memorable song.

It was quite a task to find a rendition of the lyrics including what guitar chords to play but I managed to track down a copy online. The chords and lyrics to Where have all the flowers gone can be found here .

There is a good list of anti-war themed songs on Wikipedia. Much better and more complete than anything I could draw up in a day.

Remembrance Day Facts

  • Remembrance Day commemorates Canadians who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
    It is held every November 11.

  • The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m.: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

  • From 1923 to 1931, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. Thanksgiving was also celebrated on this day.

  • In 1931, M.P. Allan Neill introduced a bill to hold Armistice Day on a fixed day – November 11. During the bill’s introduction, it was decided the word “Remembrance” would be used instead of “Armistice”. The bill passed and Remembrance Day was conducted on November 11, 1931. Thanksgiving Day was moved to October 12 that year.

  • The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to raise money for needy veterans.

Here is a list of War Monuments in Ontario , Canada. The province where I call home. Check out the North Bay monument if you want to see the one in my town.