The Reverend Utah Smith was a guitar-playing Louisiana preacher who performed around the South in the 1940s with enormous white wings strapped to his back. Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin wrote this song about the winged musical evangelist.
Asked by Bernie Taupun what drew him towards Smith, Taupin replied: "I have this terrible tendency in my work to resurrect the neglected [laughs]. It's great ammunition for songs. I mean, a Louisiana guitar-playing evangelist who wears a pair of wings? What's not to love about that?"
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift earned an entry in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest-selling digital single. It reached the #1 spot on iTunes just 50 minutes after its release.