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Behind The Song: Elton John, “Levon”

Written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John Sometimes, a song is just a song, and there’s no deeper meaning behind it. Such is the case with Elton John’s “Levon,” a plaintive, piano-hooked song off...

Behind The Song: “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins

It’s hard to imagine now, but Kenny Loggins wasn’t the king of the soundtracks heading into 1980. Nor did it seem likely a movie about golf would be the impetus for him to grab that throne. But...

Behind The Song: The Traditional “Barbara Allen”

It’s been beguiling audiences for a half-millennium or so, perhaps longer than that. It’s been covered by artists ranging from the sublime (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Everly Brothers) to the slightly ridiculous (John Travolta and, in the 1951...

Behind The Song: Elton John, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”

Written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John In the summer of 1970, Elton John nearly married then-secretary Linda Woodrow. John knew things weren’t quite clicking in the relationship, going on two years at this...

Behind The Song: “Shattered” by The Rolling Stones

Just as Canadian Robbie Robertson wrote some of the most penetrating songs about the American South as a member of The Band, Brit Mick Jagger took the temperature of late 70’s NYC as well as any of the myriad...

Behind The Song: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

Kurt Cobain's most famous song was released on this day, 29 years ago, September 10, 1991 https://youtu.be/hTWKbfoikeg On this day, September 10th of 1991, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”...

Behind The Song: “The Road” by Jackson Browne

All kinds of artists have cut songs about what it’s like to be a musician playing from town to town – Simon and Garfunkel (“Homeward Bound”), Bob Seger (”Turn the Page”), and plenty of others. But Jackson Browne cut...

Behind the Song: “Catch The Wind” by Donovan

https://youtu.be/wWCf5ozD7M8 Donovan, "Catch The Wind," 1965, the original single. “Catch The Wind” was the first song Donovan ever wrote. It was also his first record, released in the Spring of 1965 as...

Behind The Song: “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” by Doug Sahm

For a lot of people – especially folks from Texas – Doug Sahm was more than just an everyday singer. He was a spokesman for all forms of music that Texans loved. Sahm was a multi-instrumentalist who made his...

Behind the Song: “Rhino Skin” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

https://youtu.be/s1pxLRAo4os " "If you listen long enoughYou can hear my skin grow toughLove is painful to the touchMust be made of stronger stuff..."From "Rhino Skin" “It’s dark,” Tom...
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