Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on "Beat It" as a favor to Quincy Jones, who produced the album.
The '40s hit "Rum and Coca-Cola" is really about American soldiers soliciting prostitutes in Trinidad.
The longest-running #1 US hit for a member of the Jackson family is Janet's "That's The Way Love Goes," with eight weeks on top.
Young MC shows up in the George Clooney movie Up In The Air performing his hit "Bust A Move."
Lionel Richie hosted the American Music Awards the night he recorded "We Are The World."
Songwriter Wayne Carson wrote "Always On My Mind" in ten minutes at his kitchen table in Missouri.
These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.
Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?
The man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
A talk with Martin Popoff about his latest book on Rush and how he assessed the thousands of albums he reviewed.
Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.
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