"Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson was written by Shuggie Otis, whose girlfriend would send him letters written on strawberry scented paper.
Paul McCartney based the "Eleanor Rigby" story on old ladies he met at his housing estate. He saw how sometimes when they died, nobody really noticed.
"Stand By Me" hit #4 in the US when it was released in 1961, then went to #9 in 1986 when it was used in the movie of the same name.
Jimmy Webb was inspired to write "Up-Up and Away" by a balloon that his friend William F. Williams flew on promotions for radio station KMEN.
Madonna didn't write "Papa Don't Preach," which deals with abortion. What drew her to the song was the singer standing up to male authority.
Hozier recorded his vocals for "Take Me To Church" in his attic at 3 a.m. one January morning in 2013
These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
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