Mike Nesmith wrote Linda Ronstadt's first hit, "Different Drum," before he joined The Monkees. He played an intentionally bad version of it on the show.
According to Frank Sinatra's daughter, he hated "My Way," but had to sing it at every show when it became his signature song.
"Centerfield" was the first song enshrined in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Christine McVie wrote "Songbird" for Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album in just half a hour after she woke up in the middle of the night with the song in her head.
Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin got the name "Levon" from Levon Helm, who was the drummer in The Band.
The UK band The Lightning Seeds of "Pure" fame got their name from a misheard line in Prince's "Raspberry Beret," mistaking "thunder drowns out what the lightning sees" for "thunder drowns out the lightning seeds."
How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?
Some songs get a second life when they find a new audience through a movie, commercial, TV show, or even the Internet.
The stories behind "Whole Of The Moon" and "Red Army Blues," and why rock music has "outlived its era of innovation."
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When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits.
Paul Stanley on his soul music project, the Kiss songs with the biggest soul influence, and the non-make-up era of the band.
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