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Aerosmith: “Dream On”
The Hook: Joe Perry doesn’t understand the song’s lasting appeal.
Writer: Steven Tyler
Stats: Peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 when first issued as a single in an edited version in 1973. When the full album version was released as a single in 1976, it went all the way to number-six.
Background: Guitarist Joe Perry recalls the birth of Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” which was written by Steven Tyler, and admits to still being baffled by people’s reaction to it.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recalls his reaction to Steven Tyler writing “Dream On.” OC:…other people. :21
“I remember him working on that on the piano in our communal apartment in Boston, transposing the keyboard to guitar, just waiting for the place in the song to turn the amps up, ‘cause I didn’t really like the idea of doing a ballad. But I didn’t really didn’t understand the full impact of that piece of music. To this very day, I don’t understand the impact that this is having on other people.”