The death of John Lennon was an influence on the Stevie Nicks hit "Edge Of Seventeen." He's the one with the "words of a poet and voice from a choir."
Eric Clapton wrote "Wonderful Tonight" while waiting for his girlfriend, Pattie Boyd, to get ready for a night out. By the time she was ready, he had written the song.
The Hollies hit "The Air That I Breathe" was written in part as a reaction to the smog in Los Angeles.
According to Frank Sinatra's daughter, he hated "My Way," but had to sing it at every show when it became his signature song.
"Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty is set in Los Angeles, as he mentions Reseda, Mulholland and Ventura Boulevard.
Eric Clapton wrote "Layla" about his love for Pattie Harrison, who was married to George Harrison at the time. He eventually married Pattie, and managed to stay friends with George.
Genesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video.
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
Can you name Def Leppard's only #1 hit in America? Get rocked with this adrenalized quiz.
Have you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?
Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.
Toto's keyboard player explains the true meaning of "Africa" and talks about working on the Thriller album.
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