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Tori Amos

Aug. 22, 1963

Artistfacts for Tori Amos

  • Before she became the Cornflake Girl, Tori Amos made her TV debut starring in a commercial for Kellogg's Just Right cereal. To get her face on the box, Amos beat out a few other actresses, one of them reportedly being the equally unknown Sarah Jessica Parker.
  • She started playing the piano at 2 years of age. At age 5, she won a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, becoming the youngest person ever admitted.
  • At 17, she changed her name to Tori Amos. Her name given at birth was Myra Ellen Amos.
  • Her favorite pianos are Bosendorfers.
  • In 1988 she formed a band called "Y Kant Tori Read" (with Guns'n'Roses drummer Matt Sorum, among others) and they released their self-titled album. It did not do very well. (thanks, Aimee - Auckland, New Zealand, for all above)
  • When she was 16, she played in a piano bar in Washington, DC, where she learned to play just about any song that was requested.
  • Amos told Event magazine that her earliest memory is, "Playing a black upright piano and not being able to reach the keys very well." She added: "My mother says I was two-and-a-half when I started playing. My father was a minister and when he went to church in the morning she would put on Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Cole Porter records. I'd crawl up on the piano stool, sit on a phone book and play. I played with both hands from the start."
  • Tori Amos was easily obsessed as a preteen. She recalled to The Metro: "I was crazy. I was writing long letters to basketball coaches. I had to take a step back."
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Comments: 5

It's true that Tori's original name was Myra-Ellen. But she didn't decided to change it until at a party a guy said to her "You don't look much like an Ellen. You look more like a Tori." Or that's what I've heard anyways...Matt - Lancaster, Pa
She also did a song called Baltimore in 1980 under her real name Myra Ellen Amos. It was for a contest for the Baltimore OriolesMelissa - Batlimore, Md
Nothing but a lame Kate Bush wanna-be.K - Toronto, Canada
I saw my first Tori show at the Sydney Opera House (Aust) 8-May-2005. Words cannot express how exquisite her performance and presence on the stage especially as I was 10 rows from the front and centre. I have all the albums of this immensely talented artist.Richard - Dee Why, Australia
Not only a brilliant song writer and amazing pianist but a hell of a good therapist! I owe Tori about $100,000 in session fees instead of my shrink!Geri - Nova Scotia, Canada
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