WCSX Classic Cuts : Got My Mind Set on You

WCSX Classic Cuts George Harrison: "Got My Mind Set on You" The Hook: Mr. Dream Weaver turns into Mr. Song Suggester. Year: The original version by James Ray, 1962; George's cover, 1987 Album: Cloud Nine Writer: Rudy Clark Stats: Topped both Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts and peaked at number-four on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Keep Yourself Alive

WCSX Classic Cuts Queen: "Keep Yourself Alive" The Hook: It was meant to be sarcastic. Album: Queen Year: 1973 Writer: Brian May Stats: Queen's first single on both sides of Atlantic never charted on either. In 2008, though, it ranked 31st on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Background:…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Dreamer

WCSX Classic Cuts Supertramp: "Dreamer" The Hook: The saxophonist used to try to make the singer laugh when they did this one live. Albums: Crime of the Century and Paris. Years: Studio version, 1974; live version, 1980 Writer: Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson Stats: The group's first U.K. hit from Crime of the Century, the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Mama I'm Coming Home

WCSX Classic Cuts Ozzy Osbourne: "Mama I'm Coming Home" The Hook: Would you want Sharon to be your mama? We didn't think so. Year: 1991 (1992 as a single) Album: No More Tears Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Zakk Wylde. Stats: The song is Ozzy's only solo Top 40 hit, peaking at…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Houses of the Holy

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "Houses of the Holy" The Hook: Why wasn't the song on the album of the same title. Jimmy Page says it was simply because back then, they could do that. Album: Physical Graffiti Year: 1975 Writers: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Stats: As with many of their classics, it wasn't…

WCSX Classic Cuts : So Lonely

WCSX Classic Cuts The Police: "So Lonely" The Hook: An odd coincidence helps give The Police their big break in their homeland. Album: Outlandos d'Amour Year: 1978 Writers: Sting Stats: Never a single in the U.S. Reached number-6 in the U.K. when it was re-released in 1980. Background: The Police got their start in the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo

WCSX Classic Cuts Rick Derringer: "Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo" The Hook: Written with the idea of giving a blues rocker Johnny Winter a shot at a pop hit, it didn't become one until its writer recorded it on his own. Album: Hit version on Derringer's All American Boy, original Johnny Winter recording on Johnny…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Dust in the Wind

WCSX Classic Cuts Kansas: "Dust in the Wind" The Hook: Thank the wife of its writer, onetime Kansas keyboardist and guitarist Kerry Livgren, for this song being part of the band's catalog. Album: Point of Know Return Year: 1978 Writer: Kerry Livgren Stats: Kansas's only Top 10 hit peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Handle With Care

WCSX Classic Cuts Traveling Wilburys: "Handle With Care" The Hook: They recorded the whole thing, with overdubs, in a day. Album: Traveling Wilburys, Volume One Year: 1988 Writers: Traveling Wilburys Stats: Peaked at number-45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Background: Jeff Lynne recalls that although all…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Time

WCSX Classic Cuts Pink Floyd: "Time" The Hook: The process of recording the song's instrumental break, which was mainly played on a new drum called a roto-tom, was painstaking. Album: The Dark Side of the Moon Year: 1974 Writers: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright Stats: Didn't chart as a single. Background:…