The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.
There was only one Grammy ever given for Best Disco Recording. It went to "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
"Centerfield" was the first song enshrined in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jay-Z was going to ask Mary J. Blige to duet on "Empire State of Mind," but he decided on Alicia Keys when he heard the piano stabs on the track.
"Kokomo" gave The Beach Boys their first #1 hit in 22 years. They picked the title because it sounded tropical.
After the Beastie Boys sampled a bunch of Led Zeppelin songs, Robert Plant did it himself on his 1988 solo hit "Tall Cool One," which sampled "Whole Lotta Love," "Black Dog" and "The Ocean."
Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.
Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.
MTV, a popular TV theme song and Madonna all show up in this '80s music quiz.
The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.
The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.
Doubt led to drive for Francis, who still isn't sure why one of Status Quo's biggest hits is so beloved.
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