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Witchy Woman by The Eagles
The inspiration for this song’s title and lyrics about a seductive enchantress came from a number of women, although Don Henley had one particular woman in mind - Zelda Fitzgerald, whose biography he was reading while writing the song. According to Henley, the character in the song would be a mix of Zelda Fitzgerald "along with images of girls he had met at the Whisky and the Troubadour".
Zelda, the muse behind her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald, was known as a wild, bewitching and mesmerizing "Flapper" of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties.
Mockingbird by Inez and Charlie Foxx
This song is based on the lullaby Hush Little Baby. This is the original version of the song.
This song was later covered by James Taylor and Carly Simon and became a big hit for them. James Taylor wanted to do the cover as he saw Inez and Charlie Foxx perform this song at the Apollo Theatre in New York in 1965.
Living in a Ghost Town by The Rolling Stones
The first original Rolling Stones song in eight years, the band originally cut "Living in A Ghost Town" in a Los Angeles studio back in 2019. When the coronavirus pandemic started spreading worldwide, Jagger and Richards thought the song would resonate.
Two Princes by The Spin Doctors
This track has lead singer Chris Barron taking the voice of a poor prince trying to convince a girl that she should marry him instead of his wealthy counterpart. Chris Barron is a literature fanatic, which played a part in this song.
He said: "I loved The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and was really into fantasy fiction. As a child I loved wizards and kings and queens and princess and princesses.
Jet Airliner by The Steve Miller Band
That song was written by Paul Pena, a blind folk singer from Cape Cod. Pena played the Newport Folk Festival in 1969, but did not have much success.
In fact, for most of his life, royalties from Jet Airliner were his only income.
Hitsville UK by The Clash
The title is a homage to Motown Records; "Hitsville U.S.A." was its first headquarters in Detroit. The song is a duet between Clash guitarist Mick Jones and his then-girlfriend Ellen Foley (who also sang "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" together with Meat Loaf). Foley said Jones' reference to Motown on that song really hit home. She said "For me, 'Hitsville UK' is about the history of The Clash and the beginnings of British punk rock,". The lyric goes, "I know the boys and girls are not alone now that Hitsville hit UK.
Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
The title of the song does not appear in the lyrics and has nothing to do with the song itself.
The band worked up the song at Headley Grange, a mansion in Hampshire, England that is out in the country, surrounded by woods. A nameless black Labrador retriever would wander the grounds, and the band would feed it. When they needed a name for this track, which didn't have an obvious title, they thought of the canine and went with "Black Dog."
I Second That Emotion
The song was written by Smokey Robinson and Al Cleveland. he inspiration for the song came one morning in 1967 as Robinson and Cleveland were shopping at a Detroit department store when Smokey found a set of pearls for his wife, Claudette.
“They’re beautiful” he said to the salesperson, “I sure hope she likes them”. Cleveland then added “I second that emotion”.
Both songwriters laughed at the error but were immediately inspired to write a song using the incorrect phrase.
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