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Album: Styx IIReleased: 1973Charted:
Dennis DeYoung wrote this about his wife Suzanne, who he met in school. He wrote a few songs about her including "Babe" and "The Best Of Times." He has exclaimed many times how much he loves her and what an important part of his life she was.
This was featured on an episode of The Simpsons
(titled "Tales from the Public Domain"), where Homer, playing Odysseus from The Odyssey
(a book that is in the public domain), passes by hell via the river Styx. In hell, they sing Styx music - "Oh my god! This is hell!"
According to VH1's Behind The Music
and a 1978 radio interview with the band, Styx was signed to a small record label called Wooden Nickel when they first released this in 1973. It didn't get much promotion and went nowhere, until a DJ on WLS in Chicago who was determined to make it a hit played the song every night at 8pm, until it became a national hit. When Dennis DeYoung first heard it on the radio, he choked on his dinner he was so excited.
Styx later signed a a major label deal with A&M records, but the song was never released to A&M by Wooden Nickel. Styx had to re-record it in 1995 to get it on their Greatest Hits CD.
At some of his concerts Dennis DeYoung sings this song with no other music or backup vocals with his wife Suzanne, who is also one of his backup singers.