Speaking with Uncut magazine, Paul Rodgers described "Mr. Big" as "a very tough lyric," which he was amazed he got away with. He added: "I used to listen to BB King, and I think I was inspired by his approach to womanhood, if you like (laughs) – his manly stance! And that song is a lesson in simplicity. Because the simpler the song, the bigger it sounds. The notes have room to echo."
The American Rock group Mr. Big took their name from the song, which they covered in 1993 on their third album Bump Ahead.
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
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