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Historical Events  Music
Historical Events  Music
Bee Gees

Listen carefully

MMDE: I really need to know

Current: I really mean to learn

Many people familiar with the famous Bee Gees track from 1977 "How deep is your love" remember the lyric "I really need to know", but find it's been replaced with "I really mean to learn". 

Some people say listening to it very carefully shows the line as always having been "I really mean to learn", but they'd thought it was the other one because they didn't pay that much attention to it. In other words, it's not one where there is a definite change, just a clarification.

Once you know what you're listing for it's pretty clear, but there's no doubt most will just remember is as "need to know". Or could it be because that was what it actually was originally?

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Jackson 6

Blame it on the Boogie

MMDE: Jackson 5 had 6 members

Current: Jackson 5 had 5 members

It sounds like a trick question, but nothing connected to the Mandela Effect is as it first appears: How many members did the Jackson 5 have? Those who say five might want to think again.

Randy Jackson appeared with the band many times from as early as 1965, bringing their member count to 6.

Everyone thinks Michael is the youngest male member, whilst Janet was the youngest person, but now it turns out he wasn't, it was Randy.

This isn't the only Mandela Effect where the number of members is remembered differently - the 6th Village People member is another.

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Bob Marley

Here's a little ME I wrote

MMDE: Bob Marley sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Current: Bob Marley didn't sing "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Reggae legend Bob Marley is super famous the world over for his genre-defining reggae work, but was one of them the song "Don't Worry Be Happy"? Many people remember it was, but references today show he didn't.

The song was released in 1988 by Bobby McFerrin, has the same catchy style Marley was known for, and won a Grammy award for the song of the year. It even appears in the Rolling Stone list of the 15 best whistling songs of all time.

But although Marley recorded many, many classics of his own, this wasn't one of them.

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Cat Stevens

The Cat's out the bag

MMDE: Cat Stevens sang "The Cat's in the Cradle"

Current: Cat Stevens didn't sing "The Cat's in the Cradle"

He was born Steven Demetra Georgiou then became famous under his stage name Cat Stevens. He then changed it to Yusuf Islam and still performs today where he's often billed as Yusuf / Cat Stevens.

He's very well known for hits such as Wild World, Morning Has Broken, Father and Son and The First Cut is the Deepest amongst others, but there are many people who swear he is known for one he apparently he had no involvement with: "The Cat's in the Cradle".

Is this nothing more than people half-remembering a song in his style, for which the only thing in common with him was the word "Cat" in the title?

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Tales from the Topographic Ocean

Yes, that's not the incorrect title

MMDE: Tales from the Topographic Ocean

Current: Tales from Topographic Oceans

Many people had the British prog rock group Yes's best-known album on their walls for years - it was the thing do do for a while, back in the day - so you'd think there would be no confusion over it's title. However that does seem to be the case, where many are suprised to find what they had been calling "Tales from the Topographic Ocean" all along is in fact titled "Tales from Topographic Oceans".

Released in 1973, this was the sixth album from Yes and was based around lead vocalist Jon Andersons interpretation of a footnote in Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) by Paramahansa Yogananda

Searching today throws up many references to the "incorrect" title. Even the Yes official Facebook page gets it wrong.

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Malcolm Young

Only the good die Young

MMDE: Died before November 2017

Current: Died November 2017

Reports are coming in from many people who swear Malcolm Yound died before November 2017. This is a little different to the usual celebrity death Mandela Effects though, because some are saying they heard this news as recently as a month earlier, rather than the usual "several years ago" pattern.

The rock legend was world famous as the co-founder, with his brother Angus, of AC/DC. 

He'd been suffering from dementia for years, which along with other band's heath issues meant Angus was the only remaining member. At one point even Axl Rose from Guns n' Roses was drafted in as an emergency measure to finish a tour. Perhaps reports of his worsening health became misinterpreted as his death.

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Fats Domino

Ain't that a shame

MMDE: Fats Domino died 2009-2011

Current: Fats Domino died 2017

Fats Domino was one of the legendary Rock n Roll greats, but many were surprised to hear of his death in 2017 because they were sure he died earlier. They have an alternative memory of this happening sometime between 2009 and 2011. 

The supposed death of Fats earlier than 2017 might have an explanation. It's said during hurricane Katrina he refused to leave New Orleans, and when he withdrew from public life for a while afterwards some would have assumed he'd died.

The reports of famous people "dying again" always cause a commotion, and make people wonder if were it not purely for the timing, we'd be talking today about the Domino Effect, for example?

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James Bond

La-daaaaa da da-da

MMDE: Life is life

Current: Live is life

It's a catchy tune all right, but why do some people have a false memory of the 1984 Opus hit being called "life is life" when today it's seen as "Live is life"?

Opus are Austrian, so the first thought is that it's just their accent making it sound a little different anyway, to which our brains complete the more likely refrain "life is life" because it makes more sense than "live is life".

That doesn't address the several "reside" references to the "Life is life" title seen today, including it spelt out in huge letters behind the band themselves as they were playing it at a concert.

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Bruce Springsteen

What's in his back pocket?

MMDE: Bandanna in back pocket

Current: Red cap in back pocket

Rock Icon Bruce Springsteen cemented his place in music, and American, history with his legendary "Born in the U.S.A." album of 1984.

The cover of the album features a shot of him from behind in front of a huge American flag - an image familiar to millions upon millions of people. His biography states the figure is "standing before a U.S. flag wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, with a red bandanna tucked into his back pocket.". The problem is, today it shows a red cap, not a bandanna.

Some people hearing of this rushed to dig out their old CD of this from the 80's, certain it would show the original bandanna, only to find either they were wrong all along and it was a red cap, or somehow it had been changed...