Behind The Song


Behind The Song: Don Henley, “The Boys Of Summer”

"The Boys of Summer" - Written by Don Henley and Mike Campbell While you may think that we chose Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” to dissect this week due to its ties to the hottest season, a closer listen...

Behind The Song: The Eagles, “Witchy Woman”

Written by  Don Henley and Bernie Leadon Formed in 1971, The Eagles were quickly tasked in finding a signature sound. While early sessions proved difficult, as they searched to blend rock and country into...

Behind the Song: Prince, “Sign O’ The Times”

In 1987, Prince, though still undoubtedly a mega-superstar, was coming off a pair of albums that didn’t quite recapture the magic of 1999 and Purple Rain. (1985’s Around The World In A Day is actually quite underrated, but 1986’s...

Behind the Song: Sam Cooke, “A Change Is Gonna Come”

When Bettye LaVette performed “A Change Is Gonna Come,” in duet with Jon Bon Jovi, at the first inaugural concert for President Obama, a new generation of listeners was introduced to a classic composition by one of the most influential writers and vocalists in pop history, Sam Cooke. In the 45 years since it was first released, “Change” has grown into an anthem of the civil rights movement, an epitaph for a great performer, and an iconic piece of music.

Behind The Song: John Newton, “Amazing Grace”

The captain said Newton was the most foul-mouthed and offensive person he had encountered in the entire slave trade, to the point he even invented new obscenities.

Behind The Song: Carl Boberg, “How Great Thou Art”

Regardless of your favorite recording, when we reflect upon the various chance encounters and serendipitous occurrences that combined to birth “How Great Thou Art” and bring it to prominence, it’s hard not to be awed by the sheer improbability of it all

Behind the Song: Blondie, “Dreaming”

In 1979, a year removed from Parallel Lines, their American breakthrough album which contained smashes like “Heart Of Glass” and “One Way Or Another”, Blondie was faced with following up that massive success. How did they do...

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