The Beatles, love them or hate them were sort of credited as the first band to use the studio as instrument. It wasn't just a tool to record it was could be used creatively. Them and their engineers pioneered a lot of production techniques that were just completely unheard of and we sort of take them for granted now.
"The final version of Strawberry Fields Forever was created combining two takes of the song in two different keys and speeds - a remarkable achievement considering the equipment and technology of the time - but still failed to fully satisfy Lennon."
"Reverse tape effect on the guitar solo of “I’m Only Sleeping” On this John Lennon tune from Revolver (1966) George Harrison spent a reported five hours meticulously constructing a guitar part by having the engineers run the tape backwards as he composed a solo that would ultimately, when reversed, “fit the dreamlike mood"
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is a retaliation song to Neil Young's Southern Man. Not being content with Neil's depiction of the Southern Man and the racism that flourished in he confederate region. Skynyrd's answer to this was a love song to Alabama "where the skies are so blue." You can also hear Skynyrd directly attack Neil Young in the song.
"Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her, I heard old Neil put her down. I hope Neil Young will remember: A southern man don't need him around, anyhow."
The name Lynyrd Skynyrd comes from their old high school PE teacher. His name was Leonard Skinner. Apparently he was a pain.
Toni Iommi of Black Sabbath was in Jethro Tull for about 6 months.
Coldplay's 'Talk' main riff is actually borrowed from German electronic music pioneer's Kraftwerk. The song it borrows from is Computer Love.
Afrika Bambaata's electro-funk Hip Hop classic Planet Rock was created mainly by fusing two Krafwerk samples together from two of their tracks: Numbers and Trans Europe Express.
Here's Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk explaining: "They ripped my beat off..bloody bastards!"