Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is about their founding member Syd Barrett, who became an acid casualty. Notice the S-Y-D in the title.
Eminem's first hit was "My Name Is," which introduced his alter ego, Slim Shady.
The original "Venus" was a #1 hit for the Dutch band Shocking Blue. Listen to the first line and you'll hear a muffed word: "goddess" was sung as "goddness."
"Lady Marmalade" is the only song to hit #1 twice in both the UK and US.
"True" by Spandau Ballet is about chief songwriter Gary Kemp's unrequited love for Altered Images singer and Gregory's Girl star Clare Grogan.
When Petula Clark reached #1 in the US with "Downtown" in 1965, she became the first female singer from England to hit #1 in the US during the Rock Era (after 1955).
Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.
Scott was Stevie Wonder's bass player before becoming a top session player. Hits he played on include "I Will Survive," "Being With You" and "Sara Smile."
Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.
Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.
A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.
The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.
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