Classic Tracks: “My Life,” Billy Joel

By Blair Jackson | Oct 01, 2013

By 1977, Billy Joel’s career was finally getting off the ground. The Long Island native had been toiling in the trenches for years and put out four albums, none of which was a exactly a hit, but...

Classic Track: 'Even Flow,' Pearl Jam

By Barbara Schultz | Sep 01, 2013

"Grunge" was still just a noun meaning “dirt” when the newly formed band Pearl Jam made their smash debut, Ten. But the vibrant Seattle scene that spawned them was already inspiring musicians and...

Classic Track: Rick Springfield, "Jessie's Girl"

By Barbara Schultz | Jun 01, 2013

Onstage at the Hollywood Palladium last winter, Dave Grohl and his Sound City Players performed with a handful of the artists who appear on the soundtrack to Grohl’s Sound City documentary. Rick...

Classic Track: Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Pride and Joy”

By Blair Jackson | Jan 01, 2013

The story of the recording of this month’s Classic Track begins in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1982. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been wowed by the phenomenal blues/rock...

Classic Track: INXS, "Need You Tonight"

By Blair Jackson | Dec 01, 2012

The Australian band INXS was always difficult to characterize. They arrived on the scene at the dawn of the ’80s as part of the New Wave; on their self-titled debut album, it’s easy to hear the...

Classic Tracks: Bill Withers, “Ain’t No Sunshine”

By Barbara Schultz | Nov 01, 2012

In an interview for the Website Songfacts, Bill Withers said that his first hit record, the lush soul ballad “Ain’t No Sunshine,” was inspired by the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, about the...


Editor's Note

Based On Relationships

Oct 05, 2017 - From The Editor... More