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WCSX Classic Cuts : Back in the Saddle

WCSX Classic Cuts Aerosmith: "Back in the Saddle" The Hook: Put on headphones and listen to the sounds you can make with a guitar cable and four expensive microphones. Album: Rocks Year: 1977 Writers: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Stats: Peaked at number-38 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: One of the highlights of "Back…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Piano Man

WCSX Classic Cuts Billy Joel: "Piano Man" The Hook: John the bartender from "Piano Man" was a Westerner who reminded Billy of Tom Selleck. Album: Piano Man Year: 1973 Writer: Billy Joel Stats: Joel's first single, it peaked at number-25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Billy Joel's "Piano Man" came out of his experiences…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Beast of Burden

WCSX Classic Cuts The Rolling Stones: "Beast of Burden" The Hook: Not one of the easy ones. Album: Some Girls Year: 1978 Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Stats: Peaked at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Keith Richards came up with the music for "Beast of Burden," but says it took him a…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Whole Lotta Love

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "Whole Lotta Love" The Hook: Weird sounds bouncing from one speaker to the other -- how did he do it? Album: Led Zeppelin II Year: 1969 Writers: John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Willie Dixon Stats: Reached number-four on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: The song…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Run Like Hell

WCSX Classic Cuts Pink Floyd: "Run Like Hell" The Hook: The late Rick Wright felt that instrumentally it was one of the most powerful songs that the band ever did. Album: The Wall Year: 1979 Writers: David Gilmour and Roger Waters Stats: Released a few years before Billboard began their rock radio chart, it was…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Smoke on the Water

WCSX Classic Cuts Deep Purple: "Smoke on the Water" The Hook: One of the all-time great riffs and a true story to boot. Album: Machine Head Year: 1972 Writers: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice Stats: Reached number-four on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Deep Purple had hired the Rolling…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

WCSX Classic Cuts AC/DC: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" The Hook: A band that is cartoon-ish gets a song title from an actual cartoon. Album: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Year: 1976 in Australia and the rest of the world except the U.S., where it was issued in 1981. Writers: Angus Young, Malcolm Young and…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Touch Me

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doors: "Touch Me" The Hook: How are we going to play a song with all those horns and strings on national TV? Album: The Soft Parade Year: 1969 Writer: Robby Krieger Stats: Peaked at number-3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: When The Doors were asked to make a rare national…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Jump

WCSX Classic Cuts Van Halen: "Jump" The Hook: It didn't take a genius to figure out this was a great song. Album: 1984 Year: The single, in December 1983; the album in January 1984. Writers: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 and to…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Lay Down Sally

WCSX Classic Cuts Eric Clapton: "Lay Down Sally" Album: Slowhand Year: 1977 Writer: Eric Clapton, George Terry and Marcy Levy (AKA Marcella Detroit) Stats: Peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 The Background: During a songwriting session, Clapton announced that he wanted to write a song called "Lay Down Sally." He and two of…