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Rock Star Rumors That Are Actually True 

Coleman Gray
Updated March 17, 2020 11.1M views 19 items

As much as you may want to believe them, most rumors about famous celebrities are often completely false. Considering all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll in rock music, it's not surprising that almost every rock star has a few rumors that surround them. But, again, most of these simply aren't true. 

However, don't despair, because in the midst of the countless made-up or exaggerated tales out there, some of these rock star rumors are actually true! 

Charles Manson Wrote A Song For The Beach Boys
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This rumor has been bouncing around for a while, and it's somewhat true. Charles Manson wrote a song, in hopes of making a career as a singer-songwriter, and he ended up sharing it with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson. They worked on the song together in Wilson's studio, where Manson demanded that they not change the song.

However, while the basics of the song stayed the same, Wilson ended up changing some of the lyrics, the title, and its musical style before featuring it as a song on the B side of a Beach Boys album. Manson was not happy with this and the fact that he received no credit for the song. Manson and Wilson's relationship soon disintegrated and Manson headed down his well-documented path to becoming a criminal cult leader. 

Michael Jackson Wrote Music For 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3'
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Many believe that Michael Jackson might be the greatest pop star of all time, and Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. But, what you may not know is that Michael Jackson actually wrote music for the 1993 game Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

This rumor began with one young man who obsessively poured over MJ music and Sonic the Hedgehog background music, and discovered that they sounded way too similar to be just a coincidence. After years of existing only as an internet rumor, in January 2016, the composers for the soundtrack confirmed that the King of Pop really did write music for the Sega game.

Tupac Shakur's Friends Smoked His Ashes
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While the "Tupac is still alive" rumors will undoubtedly live on, members of Tupac's rap group the Outlawz have stated that they smoked their fallen friend's ashes after mixing them with marijuana.

It was said that the idea came from Tupac's song "Black Jesus," in which he rapped, "Last wishes n****s, smoke my ashes."

Rolling Stones Bassist Bill Wyman Fell For A 13-Year-Old
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As a member of the Rolling Stones for 30 years, it's not surprising that bassist Bill Wyman had more than his share of relationships, but what may be surprising is that one of these relationships was with a 13-year-old. Yes, back at the height of the Rolling Stones' fame, the then-48-year-old rocker was pursuing a relationship with the then-13-year-old Mandy Smith.

Smith said they first slept together when she was 14, and were married right after her 18th birthday.