"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.
Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" is about Stevie Nicks' best friend, who died of leukemia.
Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Keith Moon and John Paul Jones recorded "Beck's Bolero" and almost formed a band. They couldn't find a lead singer, so Page and Jones formed Led Zeppelin.
"Oh Well," from their 1960s Peter Green era, is the only Fleetwood Mac song played in concert in every decade they've been extant.
"Heaven" by The Psychedelic Furs sounds upbeat, but is about an impending nuclear bombardment.
The chorus in "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire is "Bada-Ya, dancing in September." Maurice White left it "Bada-Ya" instead of a real word because he never let a lyric get in the way of a groove.
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Evelyn McDonnell, editor of the book Women Who Rock, on why the Supremes are just as important as Bob Dylan.
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."
Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
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