Blog Entries by Carl Wiser

Author Carl WiserCarl was a disc jockey in Hartford, Connecticut when he founded Songfacts as a way to tell the stories behind the songs. You can also find him on Rock's Backpages.
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  • Toni WineToni WineToni was both Betty and Veronia in The Archies. She was also part of the New York City songwriting community (don't call it the "Brill Building") responsible for many hits of the '60s.
  • Paul EvansPaul EvansPaul Evans talks about writing songs for Elvis on Tin Pan Alley, life as a teen idol, and why unexpected laughter sells songs.
  • Ingrid CroceIngrid CroceIngrid talks about the life and songs of Jim Croce, a man whose military ineptitude contributed to one of his greatest songs: "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)."
  • Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerEmilio Castillo from Tower of PowerEmilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.
  • Harold Brown of WarHarold Brown of WarA founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.
  • Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.
  • Roger ClyneRoger ClyneFormer Freshie frontman finds fame fleeting. Roger went from a major label to independence, and likes it much better that way.
  • Zac HansonZac HansonZac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.
  • Alex Call (867-5309)Alex Call (867-5309)Alex came up with the famous phone number and has plenty of stories to go with it. Find out why one famous producer is nicknamed "Basher."
  • Bobby WhitlockBobby WhitlockBobby Whitlock on his Derek And The Dominos days, the "Layla" love triangle, and working with Phil Spector.