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Written by Clint Ballard, Jr., this was originally recorded by Betty Everett. Ballard also wrote songs for Connie Francis and The Hollies. Everett was a former Gospel singer who, like Ronstandt, had a powerful voice, but her version went nowhere. Everett's next single, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)," was her biggest hit.
The original Betty Everett version was recorded in 1963 at Chess Records, and was one of the first songs Maurice White played on. White, who later formed Earth, Wind & Fire, was a staff drummer at Chess early in his career.
Emmylou Harris sang backup on this. (thanks, Christine - Chicago, IL)
Van Halen recorded this for their second album. It was one of many successful cover songs by Van Halen; Others include Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," and Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street
." This is the only cover on the album. Between 1978-1983, Van Halen released an album a year. Since they toured constantly, including cover songs on the albums helped ease the songwriting burden.
The man who created Yacht Rock with "Sailing" wrote one of his biggest hits while on acid.
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
Dino Cazares of Fear Factory
The guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose
. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."