The Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man" was re-recorded by Sam Moore and Lou Reed for the 1986 movie Soul Man, about a white guy who pretends to be black so he can get a scholarship to Harvard.
Michael Jackson's first #1 solo hit, "Ben," is about a pet rat.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova starred in the movie Once, which featured their song "Falling Slowly." Bob Dylan liked the song and movie so much he gave them an opening slot on his tour.
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.
The Australian band Jet took their name from the 1973 song of the same by Paul McCartney and Wings.
A roadie for the Allman Brothers came up with the line "The road goes on forever" for "Midnight Rider," and got a songwriting credit for his contribution.
The men of Sparks on their album Hippopotamus, and how Morrissey handled it when they suggested he lighten up.
Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?
A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs
©2021 Songfacts®, LLC