Sarah McLachlan wrote "Angel" about the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who overdosed on heroin and died in 1996.
"The Best" by Tina Turner was originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler; Turner's hit version added a bridge and a saxophone solo by Edgar Winter.
Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" is about a patient in a mental institution and was inspired by the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
"Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles is about a real guy she fell in love with - they both drove Mercedes when she wrote it.
Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin wrote the original lyrics for Starship's "We Built This City." It was the first Hot 100 Top 10 hit Taupin wrote without John.
AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)" is titled after a phrase Roman gladiators said heading into battle: "We who are about to die salute you."
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
Call us crazy, but we like it when an artist comes around who doesn't mesh with the status quo.
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."
As a songwriter and producer, Narada had hits with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Starship. But what song does he feel had the greatest impact on his career?
Director Mark Pellington on Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," and music videos he made for U2, Jon Bon Jovi and Imagine Dragons.
If you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. See if you can spot the real ones.
Producer Thomas "Snuff" Garrett died Thursday (December 17th, 2015) in Arizona at the age of 76...
Born in Dallas, he worked as a disk jockey in Lubbock (where he was friends with Buddy Holly) and Wichita Falls, Texas before moving to Hollywood and becoming a producer with Liberty Records...
Over the years he produced such hits (for Liberty and independently) as "Take Good Care Of My Baby"* for Bobby Vee, "This Diamond Ring" from Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Johnny Burnette's "You're 16," "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" from Vicki Lawrence, Gene McDaniels' "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," "Half Breed" and "Dark Lady" for Cher...
He also appeared six times on the album charts with instrumental collections as the "50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett". He later founded Snuff Garrett Records and Viva Records before retiring in 1983...
* As stated above, Don Kirshner was the producer of the record, but printed on the label of my copy of the 45 RPM Liberty record is Producer: Snuff Garrett