Rock Star Rumors That Are Actually True

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! 

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  • Charles Manson Wrote A Song For The Beach Boys
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    Charles Manson Wrote A Song For The Beach Boys

    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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    Michael Jackson Wrote Music For 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3'

    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 pored 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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    Tupac Shakur's Friends Smoked His Ashes

    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 weed.

    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

    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. 

  • Rapper Danny Brown Received Oral Sex While Performing

    Certain musicians are known for pushing the envelope in regards to onstage sexuality; in 1956, The Ed Sullivan Show decided to only film Elvis from the waist up in order to censor his gyrating hips.

    In 2013, rapper Danny Brown received oral sex from a fan in the front row while still performing during the entire act.


  • Ozzy Osbourne Will Apparently Bite The Head Off More Than A Bat 
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    Ozzy Osbourne Will Apparently Bite The Head Off More Than A Bat 

    We've all heard the story of Ozzy Osborne biting the head off of a live bat while on stage, but that wasn't the first time that Ozzy decapitated a flying friend.

    Apparently, when first meeting with Columbia Records in 1981, Ozzy took a live dove with him to the meeting and bit its head off in front of the horrified executives.