One of Tom Petty's most personal songs is "Room At The Top," which he stopped performing because it brought back painful memories.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
"Soul Man" was a new term when the song was written in 1967. As defined by Sam & Dave, the "soul man" was a farmer "comin' to ya on a dusty road."
Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing" samples Eddie Van Halen's guitar riff from "Jaime's Cryin'."
Radiohead's "Paraonid Android" was written after a confrontation in a Los Angeles bar with an irate woman.
Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash on September 30, 1973. A few weeks later, his song "Time In A Bottle" hit #1.
John tells the "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" story and explains why he disappeared for so long.
Do you know the girl singer on Eminem's "Stan"? If so, this quiz is for you.
Does Angus really drink himself silly? Did their name come from a sewing machine? See if you can spot the real stories about AC/DC.
The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.
A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.
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