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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons seen backstage during the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)





-Mumford & Sons held the title for “Most Streams From an Album in a Single Week,” on Spotify for a while in the year 2012, before Daft Punk broke their record. The band’s second album “Babel” was streamed eight million times in October.

-Before their first album “Sigh No More,” they were almost turned away from recording by a producer, as the band did not own any instruments. It was at that time, that they realized they had to get their instruments.

-A musical documentary named “Big Easy Express,” was made by Emmett Malloy, about their 2011 Railroad Revival Tour. The documentary was premiered in March 2012 at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas. The film won the Headliner Audience Award at SXSW Film and also bagged the “Best Long Form Video” award at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

-Before marrying his childhood friend Mulligan, Mumford dated Laura Marling and even played drums for her on her debut “Alas, I Cannot Swim.”

-The band’s debut single “Little Lion Man” was ranked at #43 in the NME’s list of “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.” The single was also declared as the “Song of the Year,” by the Australian radio station Triple J, in their Hot 100 music poll.

-The song “Sigh No More” actually featured lines from William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Roll Away Your Stone” is a reference to “MacBeth.”

-Mumford & Sons won the ARIA Music Award for Most Popular International Artist in the year 2010, as well as the Brit Award in 2011 for Best British Album.

-The band found their own record label and live promotions company named Gentlemen of the Road. It was through the label that the band released all three of their albums – “Sigh No More,” “Babel,” and “Wilder Mind,” as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ 2013 self-titled album.

-In the year 2011, the band along with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, went on their first and last ever Railroad Revival Tour, in which they toured from California to Louisiana in 50s and 60s-style railroad cars.

-The band members, apart from being in the group, have also tried their hand at production of music. Lovett is most notably known to have produced the Ellie Goulding’s chart-topping album “Lights,” while Mumford has produced the King Charled album as well as the “Hold Fast” album from Christian Letts.

-The name – Mumford & Sons, originates from the obvious fact that it was Marcus Mumford the most visible member of the band, and he was also the one who organized the band and their performances. Lovett claimed that the name was an effort to invoke the sense of an “antiquated family business name”.

-The band is known to take instruments from backstage after a show, and play for a small crowd of fans, friends and family, after the venue has cleared out.

-“Little Lion Man,” the band’s debut single from the first album “Sigh No More,” is actually based on the frontman Mumford’s very personal story. According to him, it is was a situation in his life that neither he is proud of or very happy with.

-The band’s frontman Mumford once got to help in finishing lost Bob Dylan Demos. He was asked to be a part of the band, put together by T-Bone Burnett to add music to some “newly discovered” Bob Dylan lyrics. He has provided backing vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and drums in the album titled “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.”

-Mumford dated actress Carey Mulligan for a few months before marrying her. However, he and Mulligan were childhood pen pals who lost touch and reconnected as adults. The duo have a daughter together.









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