This plaintive piano ballad is one of the two McVie solo compositions on Lindsay Buckingham / Christine McVie. The song was first written about the man who helped the songstress after her marriage broke up and she found herself isolated in a huge house in South East England.
"Game of Pretend was originally about my therapist, the guy who actually got me out of the dark place," McVie explained to The Sun. "It somehow morphed in the verses into a love song but the choruses are about how blessed I was that he came into my life."
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."