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There have been many songs called "All By Myself", but one of the earliest was the standard written by Irving Berlin. According to his biographer Laurence Bergreen in As Thousands Cheer..., Berlin wrote it the year before his mother died as a meditation on solitude and the misery of growing old alone".
In 74 weeks, the song sold 161,650 piano rolls and 1,225,083 records. The sheet music, which sold 1,053,493 copies was published by Irving Berlin Inc of New York, and in Great Britain by Francis, Day & Hunter, copyright 1924 by Irving Berlin. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2)
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
What Made Big Star Shine
The last living original member of Big Star - drummer Jody Stephens, looks back on the band and their legacy, including the theme for That '70s Show