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Blog entries by Bruce Pollock
Bruce PollockBruce Pollock ("The Next to Last of the Rock Journalists") is the Deems Taylor Award winning author of 11 books on music, including Working Musicians: Defining Moments from the Road and The Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs of Rock and Roll History. Visit Bruce at brucepollockthewriter.com
Damon C. Scott - "Look Right Through"When Damon recorded vocals in 2010 for "Look Right Through," he had no idea it would become a #1 UK hit three years later - or that he would still be singing in the subway. Michael Des Barres - "Obsession"In addition to his 100+ film and TV roles, Michael co-wrote the '80s hit "Obsession." He remains obsessive, but it's no longer over heroin. Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once. Tom Gray - "Money Changes Everything"Produced by Steve Lillywhite, "Money Changes Everything" was supposed to be the breakout hit for Tom's band The Brains. Then money changed everything. Ruthann Friedman - "Windy"The #1 hit for The Association was written by a young singer/songwriter living at David Crosby's house. She only recently ascertained what the song is really about. Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later. Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice. Julie Gold - "From A Distance"Julie was a secretary at HBO when she thawed out her childhood piano (literally) and wrote the hit that changed her life. Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine""How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice. Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.