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WCSX Classic Cuts : Thunder Road

WCSX Classic Cuts Bruce Springsteen: "Thunder Road" The Hook: One of the first songs drummer Max Weinberg recorded after joining the E Street Band, and the first one they really nailed. Album: Born to Run Year: 1975 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Never released as a single, but number-86 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Owner of a Lonely Heart

WCSX Classic Cuts Yes: "Owner of a Lonely Heart" The Hook: Yes comes back with a new lineup to score their only number-one on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and the first of three on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ("Love Will Find a Way" and "Lift Me Up" were the others.) Year Released:…

WCSX Classic Cuts : All the Young Dudes

WCSX Classic Cuts Mott the Hoople: "All the Young Dudes" The Hook: The song that saved the band...for a few more very productive years. Album: All the Young Dudes Year: 1972 Writer: David Bowie Stats: Peaked at number-37 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: When David Bowie heard that one of his favorite bands was…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Green River

WCSX Classic Cuts Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Green River" The Hook: Childhood memories produce a hit Album: Green River Year: 1969 Writer: John Fogerty Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: The memories that inspired John Fogerty to write "Green River" must've been really good ones, because his feelings for the song, the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Photograph

WCSX Classic Cuts Def Leppard: "Photograph" The Hook: Sing in tune, but with attitude. Album: Pyromania Year: 1983 Writer: Steve Clark, Pete Willis, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Robert John "Mutt" Lange Stats: The band's breakthrough hit topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and reached number-12 on the Hot 100. Background: Guitarist Phil Collen joined…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Joker

WCSX Classic Cuts Steve Miller Band: "The Joker" The Hook: A tune Miller fools around with and sings at a party takes him to the top of the charts for the first time. Album: The Joker Year: 1973 Writers: Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis and Ahmet Ertegun Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Although he…

WCSX Classic Cuts : You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

WCSX Classic Cuts Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" The Hook: Never meant for public consumption, it became the band's biggest hit. Album: Not Fragile Year: 1974 Writer: Randy Bachman Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 Background: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" was a song BTO initially recorded to get the proper sound levels…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'

WCSX Classic Cuts Journey: "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" The Hook: He'd tell you, but then he'd have to kill you. Album: Evolution Year: 1979 Writer: Steve Perry Stats: Journey's first Top 20 hit, it peaked at number-16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" is one of the few Journey songs that singer Steve…

WCSX Classic Cuts : What's Your Name

WCSX Classic Cuts Lynyrd Skynyrd: "What's Your Name" The Hook: Inspired by a true story, it came together really, really fast. Album: Street Survivors Year: 1977 Writers: Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant Stats: Peaked at number-13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: The story Ronnie Van Zant sings about "What's Your Name" really happened.…

WCSX Classic Cuts : La Grange

WCSX Classic Cuts ZZ Top: "La Grange" The Hook: It didn't quite get them into the Top 40, but it did kind of put them on the map. Album: Tres Hombres Year: 1978 Writers: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard Stats: Peaked at number-41 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: "La Grange" wasn't the…