The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.
On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.
How Bing Crosby, Les Paul, a US Army Signal Corps Officer, and the Nazis helped shape rock and Roll.
Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
The first single to simultaneously top the UK and US charts was The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" in May 1960.
"Veronica" was inspired by Elvis Costello's grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" was written by Oliver Leiber, who despite being the son of Jerry Leiber from Leiber & Stoller, was an unknown songwriter.
Paul McCartney wrote "Blackbird" in Scotland after reading about race riots in the U.S. when federal courts forced the racial desegregation of the Arkansas capital's school system.
Ellie Goulding's hit single "Burn" was originally demoed by Leona Lewis for her 2011 Glassheart album. She scrapped the tune when the project was retooled to include more ballads.
The Dixie Chicks got their name from the song "Dixie Chicken" by Little Feat.