Recording "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," Elton John was frustrated and sang the line "don't discard me" with an exaggerated American accent, which is why is sounds strange.
The Doobie Brothers' swampy #1 hit "Black Water" is about the Mississippi River, evoking the rafting adventures Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn.
The "electrical bananas" in the Donovan song "Mellow Yellow" were vibrators.
The "Ms. Jackson" in the OutKast song is Erykah Badu's mother. Andre 3000 had a child with Badu, and felt she was portraying him as a lousy dad.
The Men Without Hats lead singer wrote "The Safety Dance" after getting kicked out of a bar for dancing too aggressively. The song is literally about being safe to dance if you want to.
One of Tom Petty's most personal songs is "Room At The Top," which he stopped performing because it brought back painful memories.
How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.
Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?
A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.
Whoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?
Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.
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