This paen to "September Gurls" was penned by vocalist Alex Chilton for Big Star's second album Radio City. Released as a single, it did not chart despite receiving excellent reviews, due mainly to poor marketing. The song was rated #178 by Rolling Stone in their 2004 list of the Top 500 songs of all time.
Alex Chilton once said of his songwriting: "I really loved the mid '60s British pop music, all two and a half minutes long, really appealing songs. So I've always aspired to that same format, that's what I like."
The Bangles covered this on their 1988 album, Different Light.
Alex Chilton died of a heart attack on March 17, 2010 aged 59. He had experienced shortness of breath and chills while cutting the lawn, but did not seek medical attention, in part because he had no health insurance.
Originally a chart-topper for Steve Lawrence in 1962 chart-topper, "Go Away Little Girl," became the first song of the rock era to be taken to #1 by two different artists when Donny Osmond's cover version also reached the summit in 1971.
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.