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WCSX Classic Cuts : Some Kind of Wonderful

WCSX Classic Cuts Grand Funk Railroad: "Some Kind of Wonderful" The Hook: They used to sing the obscure soul number in the limo to warm up on the way to shows. Album: All the Girls in the World Beware!!! Year: 1974 Writer: John Ellison Stats: Peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Grand…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Leave It

WCSX Classic Cuts Yes: "Leave It" The Hook: The track was already totally produced when Jon Anderson came in to sing on it. Album: 90125 Year: 1983 Writer: Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire and Trevor Horn Stats: Peaked at number-24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-three on their Top Album Rock Tracks chart. Background: Singer…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Simple Man

WCSX Classic Cuts Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Simple Man" The Hook: Their producer didn't want them to do the song, so they kicked him out of the studio and recorded it themselves. Album: (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd) Year: 1973 Writers: Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington Stats: Though never released as a single, it's reported to be the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Detroit Rock City

WCSX Classic Cuts KISS: "Detroit Rock City" The Hook: Ace played the guitar solo, but he didn't come up with it. Album: Destroyer Year: 1976 Writers: Paul Stanley and Bob Ezrin Stats: Although released as a single, it didn't chart. The single was later flipped, with the B-side "Beth" becoming the A-side. "Beth" would become…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Crystal Ball

WCSX Classic Cuts Styx: "Crystal Ball" The Hook: Written on the spot in a bowling alley lounge in Montgomery, Alabama. Album: Crystal Ball Year: 1976 Writer: Tommy Shaw Stats: Released as the second single off the Crystal Ball album, it didn't even crack the Billboard Hot 100, but it became a rock radio and concert…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Killer Queen

WCSX Classic Cuts Queen: "Killer Queen" The Hook: Brian May says their breakthrough hit may not have rocked all that hard, but, boy, was it put together well. Album: Sheer Heart Attack Year: 1974 Writer: Freddie Mercury Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-two in the U.K. Background: When Queen…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Here I Go Again

WCSX Classic Cuts Whitesnake: "Here I Go Again" The Hook: The chronicle of a broken marriage, written about a dozen years before it hit number-one in America. Albums: Originally on Saints and Sinners and re-recorded for Whitesnake Years: 1982 and 1987 Writers: David Coverdale and Bernie Marsden Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Sometimes…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Black Dog

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "Black Dog" The Hook: The title has nothing whatsoever to do with the song's lyrics. Album: Led Zeppelin IV Year: 1971 Writers: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones Stats: Peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Zeppelin's second-highest U.S. chart single, behind "Whole Lotta Love,…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Long, Long Way from Home

WCSX Classic Cuts Foreigner: "Long, Long Way from Home" The Hook: The first song Mick Jones and Lou Gramm wrote together and the first Foreigner worked on as a band. Album: Foreigner Year: 1977 Writers: Mick Jones, Lou Gramm and Ian McDonald Stats: Peaked at number-20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: The original Foreigner…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Slow Ride

WCSX Classic Cuts Foghat: "Slow Ride" The Hook: They "borrowed" a John Lee Hooker riff, but changed the rhythm. Album: Fool for the City Year: 1975 Writer: Dave Peverett Stats: Peaked at number-20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Background: "Slow Ride" is Foghat's most successful single, and the only one that reached the Top…