Classic Cuts

WCSX Classic Cuts : Blinded by the Light

WCSX Classic Cuts Manfred Mann's Earth Band: "Blinded by the Light" The Hook: A nightmare to record, they got the words wrong and Bruce probably didn't like it. The consolation? It went to number-one. Album: The Roaring Silence Year: 1976 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 and went to number one in…

WCSX Classic Cuts : All You Need Is Love

WCSX Classic Cuts The Beatles: "All You Need Is Love" The Hook: Now more than ever. Album: Magical Mystery Tour Year: 1967 Writer: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Background: If The Beatles have a signature song, it just may be "All You Need Is Love." Paul…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

WCSX Classic Cuts Led Zeppelin: "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" The Hook: Jimmy Page learned the song from a Joan Baez record and used it when Robert Plant auditioned for the band. Album: Led Zeppelin Year: 1969 Writer: Anne Bredon Stats: Never released as a single. Background: "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," which is on Led Zeppelin's debut album, was the song Jimmy Page had Robert…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Smuggler's Blues

WCSX Classic Cuts Glenn Frey: "Smuggler's Blues" The Hook: Although it sounds as if it were written for Miami Vice, Frey actually wrote the song long before the show premiered for a film that never got made. Album: Miami Vice (soundtrack) Year: 1985 Writers: Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-13 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Background: The late Glenn Frey once told…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Pour Some Sugar on Me

WCSX Classic Cuts Def Leppard: "Pour Some Sugar on Me" The Hook: Their producer heard Joe Elliott singing the hook to himself in the studio hallway. Album: Hysteria Year: 1987 Writers: Joe Elliott, Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Rick Savage Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2006, it was ranked number-two on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Badlands

WCSX Classic Cuts Bruce Springsteen: "Badlands" The Hook: It was all about capturing excitement and energy in the studio. Album: Darkness on the Edge of Town Year: 1978 Writer: Bruce Springsteen Stats: Peaked at number-43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town had its 40th anniversary a month ago today -- exactly one month ahead of the 69th birthday of…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Rainy Day Women #12 and 35

WCSX Classic Cuts Bob Dylan: "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35" The Hook: A session trombonist was called into the session at four o'clock in the morning. Album: Blonde on Blonde Year: 1966 Writer: Bob Dylan Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35" -- often known by the last line of its…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Slow Ride

WCSX Classic Cuts Foghat: "Slow Ride" The Hook: They "borrowed" a John Lee Hooker riff, but changed the rhythm. Album: Fool for the City Year: 1975 Writer: Dave Peverett Stats: Peaked at number-20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Background: "Slow Ride" is Foghat's most successful single, and the only one that reached the Top…

WCSX Classic Cuts : The Weight

WCSX Classic Cuts The Band: "The Weight" The Hook: Who knew so many people would relate to it? Album: Music From Big Pink Year: 1968 Writer: Robbie Robertson, although the late Levon Helm claimed the entire group contributed to the music and lyrics. Stats: It peaked at number-63 on the Billboard Hot 100 but spawned numerous cover versions at the time. Aretha Franklin's, with Duane Allman on…

WCSX Classic Cuts : Abracadabra

WCSX Classic Cuts Steve Miller: "Abracadabra" The Hook: A chance encounter with Diana Ross on a ski slope finally enabled him to finish the lyrics. Album: Abracadabra Year: 1982 Writer: Steve Miller Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Background: Steve Miller tells us that he wrote "Abracadabra" in the late 1970s. But he didn't like the lyrics, so he shelved the song. It took…