"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.
The song "Knock On Wood" was confusing to UK listeners because the saying there is "Touch Wood."
The Bangles song "Eternal Flame" was inspired by a display at Graceland that honored Elvis Presley.
Eric Clapton wrote "Layla" about his love for Pattie Harrison, who was married to George Harrison at the time. He eventually married Pattie, and managed to stay friends with George.
A problem with his eyes gave Jackson Browne the idea for "Doctor My Eyes," which became a song about a man whose mental health suffers when he sees the world for what it really is.
Christine McVie wrote "Songbird" for Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album in just half a hour after she woke up in the middle of the night with the song in her head.
Richie talks about the impact of "Amazed," and how his 4-year-old son inspired another Lonestar hit.
The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.
Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.
At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.
The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.
These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.
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