Top 10 Musical Urban Legends That Have Been Debunked

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Music-related urban legends are frequent, but a lot of them have been debunked despite the amount of people who still believe in them.

The Top Ten

1 The scream in Ohio Player's "Love Rollercoaster" was the model in the picture of their album "Honey" being killed due to a dispute

The scream at the middle mark of the song, which is done by Ohio Players member Billy Beck, was believed to be related to the cover of the album Honey, where the song was a single from it. The cover shows the then Playboy model Ester Cordet, who is believed to be the woman screaming as she was stabbed to death after complaining that the fake honey used in the cover damaged her skin. Another rumour is that it was actually an animal dying outside the studio which got caught on the album, or simply a scream, a common reaction inside rollercoaster rides. - Swellow

2 Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" is about a man drowning and the bystander who Phil identified years later
3 Don McLean's "American Pie" is about Buddy Holly's death

Uh, yeah; it WAS. McClean himself has said so many, many times.

Correct. It isn't Only about Holly's death but it certainly is a central theme - Billyv

4 Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" encourages smoking marijuana

No, it encourages cringing, as the vocal is quite pitchy in more than a few places.

5 "Puff the Magic Dragon" is a code song about smoking

I loved that song when I was younger - Martinglez

If the creators say it was about a dragon, IT WAS ABOUT A DRAGON! THIS SONG IS INNOCENT!

6 Gene Simmons of the band "KISS" is part animal

Doubt it. Just annoying and not particularly talented.

7 Jack White and Megan White of the band "The White Stripes" are related

This is a common misconception that was caused by a quote the two said during their active years. - Swellow

8 Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite and is neither male or female

And you know this how?

@ Swellow - There is no question or dispute (in reality) that Don McLean's American Pie is at least in part a tribute to Buddy Holly.

You don't even try to offer support for your inclusion of it, and here present an undefended qualifier of "may or may not". I see your critiques of other users on your profile - Shouldn't you try to get your facts straight before submitting or at least admit you made a mistake? Otherwise, your credibility on anything is rightfully questionable. - Billyv

9 Paul McCartney of the band "The Beatles" is actually dead and the live one is actually an impostor

I'm amazed that people managed to get this message out of such a nonsensical song as "I Am The Walrus". It's like if someone watched an episode of Pokemon and came to the conclusion "The world will end in 2020" based on that. - Zach808

Imposter or not, he's certainly not as good as the one who was around until 1970.

10 Jim Morrison of the band "The Doors" is actually alive
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1. The scream in Ohio Player's "Love Rollercoaster" was the model in the picture of their album "Honey" being killed due to a dispute
2. Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" is about a man drowning and the bystander who Phil identified years later
3. Don McLean's "American Pie" is about Buddy Holly's death
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