All posts tagged "backstory"
The Real Story behind the song, “Mr. Bojangles”
In our continuing weekly series, we examine the backstory of some of the greatest songs ever recorded, the history, and an occasional tidbit of trivia that’s perfect for your next get together. Follow us to keep up...
- Posted September 6, 2023
RIP Robbie Robertson.
Canadian, Robbie Robertson, legendary lead guitarist of “The Band” and primary songwriter who penned “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and many other beloved classics, died on August 9, 2023...
- Posted August 9, 2023
Celebrate Good Times: The Story Behind Kool and the Gang’s Hit Song
If you have ever been to a wedding, a birthday party, or a sporting event, chances are you have heard the catchy tune of “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. The song, released in 1980 as the...
- Posted July 12, 2023
Gold Dust Woman: The Story Behind Stevie Nicks’ Signature Song
The song was written earlier in her life in Phoenix, Arizona before Fleetwood Mac, inspired by a street near where she lived, called Gold Dust Lane. It was revised and recorded by Nicks in 1976 Stevie Nicks...
- Posted July 6, 2023
Backstory: Songbird by Christine McVie
After an extramarital entanglement with a touring band member, this song came to Cristine late in the evening, and to keep from losing it, she stayed up all night until she could get her producer to write...
- Posted June 16, 2023
Backstory Willie Nelson
“Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” Willie Nelson’s 1975 album “Red Headed Stranger” was a game-changer for the country singer-songwriter. Before that, he had penned hits for others, but his solo career was floundering, and his label...
- Posted March 18, 2023
Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” Backstory
Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” is a poignant and powerful song that showcases Gaye’s ability to blend social commentary with soulful melodies. His growth as both a singer and a songwriter is on full display...
- Posted February 22, 2023
Tears For Fears “Songs From The Big Chair”
Tears for Fears was born out of the creative partnership of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. With their blend of synth-pop and introspective lyrics, Tears for Fears broke through in the mid-80s with hits like “Everybody Wants...
- Posted February 20, 2023
Barry Manilow “Copacabana”
“Copacabana” is a classic song by Barry Manilow, released in 1978 as part of his album “Even Now.” The song tells the story of Lola, a showgirl who performs at the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York...
- Posted February 6, 2023
Backstory: Fountain of Sorrow
“Fountain of Sorrow” is a song written by Jackson Browne and released on his 1974 album “Late for the Sky”. Like many of Browne’s songs, this one is a reflection on the end of a relationship and...
- Posted January 27, 2023