Elton John's "Rocket Man" is based on a Ray Bradbury story called The Rocket Man published in 1951.
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.
Carly Simon wrote "Anticipation" while waiting for her first date with Cat Stevens.
Andre 3000 played all the instruments on Outkast's "Hey Ya" except bass. Aaron Mills from Cameo played that.
"Girl Crush" by Little Big Town came from the hashtag #girlcrush, which its co-writer, Lori McKenna, spotted on Instagram.
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is an English version of a Zulu hunting song from the 1930s.
The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.
The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.
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Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.
His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.
Brenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.
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