Diane Warren originally wrote Aerosmith's hit tune "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for Celine Dion.
The voice of Waldo in Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" video was the late Phil Hartman of Saturday Night Live Fame.
Holland-Dozier-Holland originally wrote "Where Did Our Love Go" with The Marvelettes in mind, but they turned it down. Marvelettes lead singer Gladys Horton sang in a lower key than Diana Ross, so when The Supremes came to record the tune, Ross was forced to sing in a lower, breathier style than she was used to.
Eminem's first hit was "My Name Is," which introduced his alter ego, Slim Shady.
Al Green wrote the lyrics for “Let's Stay Together” in five minutes after Willie Mitchell gave him a rough mix of a tune that he and drummer Al Jackson had developed.
Wang Chung's '80s classic "Dance Hall Days" is about how things can start simple but end up complex. First you "take your baby by the hand," but by the end she has an amethyst in her mouth.
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?
One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.
How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?
Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
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