"Surf City" was recorded by Jan & Dean, but written by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. It was the first #1 hit Wilson wrote.
Foreigner got the title for "Double Vision" after watching a hockey game where goalie John Davidson got a concussion. It was announced over the PA system that he was suffering from "Double Vision."
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.
Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" is based on the book of the same name by William Burroughs.
"Airplanes" by B.o.B was written by Lupe Fiasco, who recorded it but decided to pass.
Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall" was the first ever James Bond theme song to reach #1 in the UK.
He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.
It took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.
Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.
Are classic songs like "Over The Rainbow" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the public domain?
Bridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka - just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.
When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.
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