Classic Cuts

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 : One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

WCSX Classic Cuts George Thorogood and the Destroyers: "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" The Hook: He wanted it as his signature song. Album: George Thorogood and the Destroyers Year: 1977 Writer: Rudy Toombs (and John Lee Hooker, who wrote "House Rent Boogie") Stats: Not released as a single. Background: George Thorogood had something specific…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Ice Cream Man

WCSX Classic Cuts Van Halen: "Ice Cream Man" The Hook: It was just Van Halen's take on an old blues number. Album: Van Halen Year: 1978 Writer: John Brim Stats: Never released as a single. Background: Van Halen did two cover versions on its first album, The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," which became the…

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 : 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 : Cold As Ice

WCSX Classic Cuts Foreigner: "Cold as Ice" The Hook: Snowy weather and watching a famously chilly actress created the right vibe for the song. Album: Foreigner Year: 1977 Writers: Lou Gramm and Mick Jones Stats: Peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Sometimes you just have to look out the window or watch…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Magic Man

WCSX Classic Cuts Heart: "Magic Man" The Hook: Who else are we gonna give you on Valentine's Day? Year Released: 1976 Album: Dreamboat Annie Writer: Ann and Nancy Wilson Stats: After the first single from Heart's debut album flopped, "Magic Man" became their breakthrough, reaching number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100. The Background: Nancy Wilson…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Diary of a Madman

WCSX Classic Cuts Ozzy Osbourne: "Diary of a Madman" The Hook: Inspired by a classical guitar riff Randy Rhoads was playing in the London house they shared. Album: Diary of a Madman Year: 1981 Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake Stats: Not released as a single. Background: "Diary of a Madman"…

WCSX Classic Cuts : I Saw Her Standing There

WCSX Classic Cuts The Beatles: "I Saw Her Standing There" The Hook: John Lennon's slight tweak on Paul McCartney's idea made it a much better song in the end, according to producer George Martin. Albums: Please, Please Me in the UK; Introducing...The Beatles and then Meet The Beatles in the U.S. Year: 1963 Writers: Paul…