"Virginia" in "Only The Good Die Young" is named after a real girl Billy Joel was trying to impress.
The first rapper with a #1 hit was Vanilla Ice with "Ice Ice Baby" in 1990.
Neil Diamond originally wrote "I'm A Believer" for the Country artist Eddy Arnold. He was surprised when record executive Don Kirshner passed it instead to The Monkees.
"Teardrop" by Massive Attack has vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of The Cocteau Twins, who wrote the lyric after learning that Jeff Buckley had died.
Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult wrote "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" after he was diagnosed with a heart condition and started thinking about his own mortality.
Jay-Z's 2012 "Glory" features his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's cries and coos. At less than two days old, she became the youngest ever credited artist to feature on a Billboard chart when the song debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #74.
Are classic songs like "Over The Rainbow" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the public domain?
On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.
Did this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?
On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."
He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."
The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.
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