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Behind The Song

Graham Nash “Our House”

Graham Nash “Our House”

Here is the story—in Graham Nash’s own words—behind the classic “Our House,” one of the sweetest love songs ever written while he was living with Joni Mitchell.

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The Girl From Ipanema

The Girl From Ipanema

The story behind “The Girl From Ipanema,” the second-most recorded song in history by composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes.

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Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz

Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz

It’s Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Sunset Sound recording studio in Los Angeles. Janis Joplin asks producer Paul Rothchild to roll tape. She has a song she’d like to sing.

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Legends of Songwriting

Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen

The story of Harold Arlen, the great American songwriter who gave the world such classics at “That Old Black Magic,” “One For My Baby,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and his crowning masterpiece “Over the Rainbow.”

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Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

Behind the legendary songwriting duo of such classics as “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Love Hurts” and “Rocky Top.”

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Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

He was America’s first professional songwriter. He was also the first songwriter to be unfairly exploited by music publishers. Although his songs never generated the fortune Stephen Foster deserved during his brief life span, many of them, such as “Oh! Susanna,” “Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” and “Old Folks at Home,” […]

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Recent News and Features

The Story Behind “Mardi Gras Mambo” and “Iko Iko”

The Story Behind “Mardi Gras Mambo” and “Iko Iko”

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mardi Gras and music go together like red beans and rice and coffee and beignets. Here’s the story behind two songs that are Fat Tuesday favorites: “Iko Iko” and “Mardi Gras Mambo.”

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The Wheel of Control

The Wheel of Control

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

News flash to self: I am not at the wheel of control.
Age has provided me the perspective to say that sentence with conviction and carefree joy.

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Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

| January 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

Dolly parton talks about her favorite subject—songwriting. Included is the story behind “I Will Always Love You” and turning down Elvis Presley when he wanted to record it.

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The Beatles: ‘A Day In the Life’ 49 Years Ago

The Beatles: ‘A Day In the Life’ 49 Years Ago

| January 19, 2016 | 4 Comments

In January 1967 the Beatles went into EMI’s London studio to record “A Day In the Life.” Here’s the story behind the writing and the making of it.

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Farewell, David Bowie

Farewell, David Bowie

| January 11, 2016 | 4 Comments

To celebrate the life of David Bowie, who left this earth on January 10, here are stories behind a few of his songs that he shared with us during an interview. This brilliant, creative soul left us a beautiful legacy, and will be missed.

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Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

| January 10, 2016 | 3 Comments

On Jan. 10, 1956, Elvis Presley went into Nashville’s RCA Studio to record “Heartbreak Hotel” which went on to become his first #1 hit. Here’s the story behind the song written by Mae Axton and Tommy Durden.

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Stories From Elvis Presley’s Band

Stories From Elvis Presley’s Band

| January 8, 2016 | 4 Comments

Rare stories from the band who backed Elvis Presley in his final years: Glen D. Hardin, James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and Jerry Scheff.

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