THEY'RE PLAYING MY SONG has 24 entries.
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. >>more
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. >>more
Dan Daley - "Still in Saigon"
Charlie Daniels called it "The first song of support for the Vietnam veterans." >>more
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. >>more
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown"
Jimmie's song is the underpinning of a much bigger tale: the story of The Flatlanders. >>more
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. >>more
Bob Lind - "Elusive Butterfly"
On the wings of his hit, Bob found success, madness, and a career doing what he most loves. >>more
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. >>more
Danny O'Keefe - "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"
Gloom led to inspiration for Danny's hit song. He got a record deal and an Elvis cover out of it, but success was fleeting. >>more
Lou Gramm - "Waiting For A Girl Like You"
Gramm co-wrote this gorgeous ballad and delivered an inspired vocal, but the song was the beginning of the end of his time with Foreigner. >>more
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. >>more
John Cunningham of The Twintones - "Jo-Ann"
With his twin brother, John performed on Bandstand
with Dick Clark, but saw their hit song go to another group. >>more
Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth - "Down So Low"
In one of the most heartbreaking songs of all time, Tracy tells us that the heartbreaker was Steve Miller. >>more
Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"
Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers. >>more
Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress." >>more
Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie. >>more
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
"Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always
the encore. >>more
Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"
The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which. >>more
Dean Friedman - "Ariel"
Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey. >>more
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement." >>more
Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride"
Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it. >>more
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. >>more
Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"
The first of Billy's five #1 hits was the song that propelled Madonna to stardom. You'd think that would get you a backstage pass, wouldn't you? >>more
Narada Michael Walden - "Freeway of Love"
As a songwriter and producer, Narada had hits with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Starship. But what song does he feel had the greatest impact on his career? >>more