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Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles. The Beatles didn't play any of the instruments on this. As the string section this was difficult to play live, they never performed this track live. 'Father Mackenzie' was originally 'Father McCartney'. Paul decided he didn't want to freak out his dad and picked a name out of the phone book instead. Paul got the name 'Rigby' from the name of a store and the name 'Eleanor' from actress Eleanor Bron.

Golden Slumbers - The Beatles. Paul McCartney wrote this on his step-sister's piano. He saw the song 'Golden Slumbers' in her songbook and, unable to read music, made up his own using most of the original lyrics.

Hello - Lionel Richie. This was the second No.1 song from Richie's second solo album after leaving The Commodores, and is the biggest selling album in the history of Motown Records.

I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats. About Brenda Spencer, a San Diego high school student who, on Jan 29, 1979, brought a gun to school and killed 2 people. When asked why she did it, she replied, "Because I don't like Mondays."

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan. Chaka Khan's biggest hit, 'I Feel For You' was originally written by Prince (a.k.a. The Artist). In that same song, Stevie Wonder did the harmonica solos, and Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five did the rap breaks. Hence the infamous lyric: "Chaka Khan...Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chaka Khan."

I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett. Originally recorded by British group The Arrows in 1975. By the time Joan Jett released this, very few jukeboxes took dimes, but 'quarter' wouldn't sound good in the lyrics.

I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton. Written and originally recorded by Bob Marley in 1973. A member of Clapton's band played the Bob Marley album for him and convinced him to record this. Clapton didn't want to use this on the album because he thought it might be disrespectful to Marley. Members of his band and management convinced him that it should not only go on the album, but also be released as a single. Marley called Clapton after this became a hit. Eric wanted to know if the story in the song was true, but Bob wouldn't tell him.Eric is also credited on the Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms' album due to the fact that he loaned Mark Knopfler one of his guitars the for the album.

In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins. Collins' first single as a solo artist. All the original songs on the album, including follow up hit 'I Missed Again', were intended to be 'messages' to his first wife in an attempt to lure her back to him.



 

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