Arizona DJ Guy Zapoleon played UB40's "Red Red Wine" four years after it was released as part of a feature on songs that should have been hits. Listeners started requesting the tune and within weeks it was topping the Hot 100.
The band Simple Minds took their name from the line "He's so simple minded he can't drive his module" in David Bowie's "The Jean Genie."
Mary J. Blige had regrets over singing about getting drunk in "Family Affair."
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" was written for Doris Day to sing in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much.
"The Way We Were" was the first of five Hot 100 #1 singles recorded by Barbra Streisand. She is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy as well as record a #1 single and album.
When Metallica performed in China in 2013, they were not allowed to play "Master of Puppets."
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.
We've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.
Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
Lyrics don't always follow the rules of grammar. Can you spot the ones that don't?
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