WCSX Classic Cuts : Rockin' Down the Highway

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doobie Brothers: "Rockin' Down the Highway" The Hook: They watched it go from a loose jam to a polished track. Album: Toulouse Street Year: 1972 Writer: Tom Johnston Stats: An FM radio hit, it was never released as a single by the band. Background: John Hartman, who drummed on all the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Space Truckin

WCSX Classic Cuts Deep Purple: "Space Truckin'" The Hook: Bassist Roger Glover says for him the wit of the lyrics really stands out. Album: Machine Head Year: 1972 Writers: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice Stats: Never released as as single, it's one of the band's rock radio classics. Background:…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Street Fighting Man

WCSX Classic Cuts The Rolling Stones: "Street Fighting Man" The Hook: Mick Taylor believes that only an English band could have created that song. Year: 1968 Album: Beggar's Banquet Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Stats: Only peaked at number-48 on the Billboard Hot 100, because many radio stations thought its lyrics were subversive and…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Life In The Fast Lane

WCSX Classic Cuts Eagles: "Life in the Fast Lane" The Hook: Once Joe Walsh played the lick, they were off to the races. Album: Hotel California Year: 1976 Writers: Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Don Henley Stats: Peaked at number-11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: The phrase "Life in the Fast Lane" came to…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Light My Fire

WCSX Classic Cuts The Doors: "Light My Fire" The Hook: Robby Krieger brought his folk-rock song to rehearsal. John Densmore added a Latin beat and Ray Manzarek stretched it out. Album: The Doors Year: 1967 Writers: The Doors (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore) Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Ramblin' Man

WCSX Classic Cuts The Allman Brothers Band: "Ramblin' Man" The Hook: Dickey Betts thought he'd written a country song at first. Year: 1973 Album: Brothers and Sisters Writer: Dickey Betts Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: "Ramblin' Man" is by far The Allman Brothers Band's biggest hit, getting all the way…

WCSX Classic Cuts : We are the Champions

WCSX Classic Cuts Queen: "We Are the Champions" The Hook: Freddie Mercury "doing his thing." Album: News of the World Year: 1977 Writer: Freddie Mercury Stats: Peaked at number-four on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Queen guitarist Brian May says only one person could have written "We Are the Champions." Queen guitarist Brian May on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Instant Karma

WCSX Classic Cuts John Lennon: "Instant Karma!" The Hook: Lives up to the first part of its title by being written and recorded in the same day. Album: Originally released as a single, it didn't appear on an album until the 1975 Lennon compilation Shaved Fish. Year: 1970 Writer: John Lennon Stats: Peaking at number-three…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Letter

WCSX Classic Cuts Joe Cocker: "The Letter" The Hook: Joe just started singing the melody of "The Letter" to a Leon Russell piano vamp. Album: Mad Dogs and Englishmen Year: 1970 Writer: Wayne Carson Thompson Stats: Cocker's first U.S. Top 10 hot, it peaked at number-7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: In 1970, the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Forever Young

WCSX Classic Cuts Bob Dylan: "Forever Young" The Hook: The Band's late bassist Rick Danko remembered tearing up after cutting the slow version on Friday, then coming back to cut a fast one first thing the next Monday. Album: Forever Young Year: 1974 Writer: Bob Dylan Stats: Never released as a single, it's since become…