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Kid Rock

  • Kid Rock was born with the name Robert James Ritchie on Super Bowl Sunday. It also happened to be the same day that Thomas Crapper, inventor of the toilet, was born.
  • As a kid, Rock would entertain at his parents' parties when everyone got really drunk. He would sing songs like Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown."
  • In the 1980s, Rock joined the break dancing trend. He was rather good. The only move that tripped him up was the spinning around on one hand move. Its hard.
  • His first record deal was with Jive Records in 1990. This label was later home to The Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Britney Spears.
  • Also in 1990, Rock's first big break was as the opening act on Ice Cube's tour.
  • Rock was fined $23,750 by the FCC when a college DJ played his "Yodelin' in the Valley." It was reportedly the most vile thing ever heard by the college president, but the FCC eventually dropped the fine.
  • After his cousin, Paul, killed himself, Rock got "PAUL" tattooed on his left shoulder. Before hitting it big, many people actually thought his name was Paul.
  • Rock has confessed a love for Elton John's music, citing "Bennie And The Jets" and "Daniel" as favorites.
  • The opening rap from 1996s Early Morning Stoned Pimp was chosen by the Detroit Red Wings as their victory chant. The line goes: "Ain't no party like a Detroit party 'cause a Detroit party don't stop."
  • Has dated Sheryl Crow and married Pamela Anderson. He once serenaded Anderson in Las Vegas by singing David Allen Coe's "I'd Like to F**k the S**t Out of You."
  • The first instrument he learned to play was the turntables. From there he learned many others.
  • He grew up in a middle-class Detroit suburb. The white-trash image he portrays is mostly made up.
  • He was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in February 2005, after an altercation at Christie's Cabaret, a strip club in Nashville.
  • Kid Rock refuses to sell his music on iTunes. His beef with the service: "iTunes takes the money, the record company takes the money, and they don't give it to the artists."

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