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"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen was the song of the summer in 2012 and a major meme. It got some help from her fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who tweeted that it was "possibly the catchiest song I've ever heard."
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.
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.
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson conceived "Dancing Queen" as a dance song with the working title "Boogaloo," drawing inspiration from the 1974 George McCrae disco hit "Rock Your Baby." Their manager Stig Anderson came up with the title "Dancing Queen."
Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" was written by the keyboard player from Toto, who was working on the Thriller album.
The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.
When he was playing Ozzfest with Black Label Society, a kid told Zakk he was the best Ozzy guitarist - Zakk had to correct him.
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A top country songwriter, Barry talks about writing hits for Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.
A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.
Well, I've written my thoughts about Chinese Democracy in my blog already so I'm not going to write an essay, but all I can say is the songs, like this, are well written. I really liked this song. However a lot of the songs didn't sound like Guns n' Roses. Sure, you could tell it was Axl but the raw, real sound of Guns N' Roses was missing. It's a good album from Axl and Co. not from Guns N' Roses. Another thing I noticed about the album, and I don't know if it's just me, but a lot of the songs sounded like Metallica. And a lot of the songs had unneeded extras in it, like orchestras, too many changes and additional bits and pieces. Anyway, great song, I love the lyrics!