How the Song Came to Be

When Motown Went to ‘War’—Edwin Starr’s #1 Hit

When Motown’s chief was reluctant to release an antiwar song by the Temptations as a single, another singer stepped in to re-record it. It went to #1.

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‘It’s the Real Thing’: When a Coke Ad Inspired 2 Hit Singles

In 1971, the creative director for the beverage’s ad agency wrote down the words “I’d like to buy the world a Coke.” His vision for a new campaign took off

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‘Yellow Submarine’ Before It Was ‘Yellow Submarine’— A Naked Submersible, Sung By John Lennon

Most fans had no idea that these early compositional demos of the song existed. Now that we do, we can never think of it the same way again.

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Al Kooper on Recording “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” With the Stones

“Mick wore a gorilla coat and Keith a hat with a long feather. Everyone sat around and they passed out acoustic guitars.”–Kooper

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Pete Townshend’s ‘Teenage Wasteland’

For years, he worked on an ambitious project called Lifehouse. It was intended to be another rock opera and a logical follow-up to Tommy. This song evolved into “Baba O’Riley”

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They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

It was bizarre but an instant smash hit. Then there was a backlash. Read the strange tale of Napoleon XIV and hear the song that drove people mad.

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Out of Time’: The Backstory

It started out as a throwaway track stuck on a contractual-obligation album, became a hit cover for someone else, and now the Stones are playing it live.

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‘Wichita Lineman’ Book: Exclusive Excerpt

The Jimmy Webb favorite, as sung by Glen Campbell, is the subject of a new book by author Dylan Jones, who has written books on David Bowie and Jim Morrison

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