The '40s hit "Rum and Coca-Cola" is really about American soldiers soliciting prostitutes in Trinidad.
"Tammy" by Debbie Reynolds was the only US #1 single by a female act between July 1956 and February 1958.
The bedrock of David Guetta's Nicki Minaj-featuring single "Hey Mama" is a sample of "Rosie," a 1940s prison recording from folk archivist Alan Lomax that songwriter Esther Dean first showed the French DJ on YouTube.
"Kashmir" is the only Led Zeppelin song to use outside musicians, as it needed strings and horns.
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is one of the few Bernie Taupin lyrics that is more about him than Elton John. The song is about giving up glitz for the simple life - not exactly Elton's M.O.
"Invisible Touch" was the first time a band member (Phil Collins) had a #1 Hot 100 hit with a group after scoring a #1 solo hit.
Doubt led to drive for Francis, who still isn't sure why one of Status Quo's biggest hits is so beloved.
Brian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.
For songwriters, Johnny represents the American man. He has been angry, cool, magic, a rebel and, of course, marching home.
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.
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