"Surf City" was recorded by Jan & Dean, but written by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. It was the first #1 hit Wilson wrote.
Rob Reiner named his 1986 movie "Stand By Me" after the song, since he thought The Body, a Stephen King story on which it was based, sounded like a horror movie.
Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" was the first #1 hit created entirely in Pro Tools.
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.
Alicia Keys got a huge break when Oprah had her perform her debut single "Fallin'" on her show.
Many people believe "Hotel California" is about a mental institution called the Camarillo, but the Eagles say it's about materialism and excess.
One of rock's top photographers talks about artistry in photography, raising funds for a documentary, and enjoying a County Fair with Tom Waits.
Songs about drugs, revolution and greed that have been used in commercials for sneakers, jeans, fast food, cruises and cars.
An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.
With a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?
Phone booths are nearly extinct, but they provided storylines for some of the most profound songs of the pre-cell phone era.
Here is the church, here is the steeple - see if you can identify these lyrics that reference church.
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