Here’s The People Who Inspired Some Of The Most Popular Songs Ever Written.
When you're an artist, whether you're a painter, writer, or singer, there's usually a human inspiration behind your greatest works. Those people that have touched you so deeply that you can't help but personify them in song, or in a painting. Those people are your muse, your reason for creating. We've put together a list of people that have been the inspiration behind some of your favorite songs.
#1. “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John
The whole world became silent when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997. When Sir Elton John was chosen to perform a song at her funeral, he chose the iconic “Candle in the Wind," that was written about Marilyn Monroe in 1973.
Songwriter Bernie Taupin re-wrote the lyrics in order to sound right for Princess Diana’s funeral. While the entire world was mourning the death of Princess Diana, the song became incredibly popular. The song did so well that it was more popular than the original version.
#2. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
The talented Cyndi Lauper hit the scene with her album She’s So Unusual. One of the top hits on that album was the love ballad “Time After Time." It was obviously a song of love, but who was it about?
At the beginning of her career, Cyndi was dating her manager, David Wolff. Not only does David appear in the music video of “Time After Time," the line in the song about the ticking clock is about him, too! Apparently, he once gave her an extremely loud clock as a present.
#3. “Angel of Harlem” by U2
In 1988, U2 released the album Rattle and Hum, along with their hit song “Angel of Harlem." For years, many fans wondered whether or not that song was written about a particular person.
Bono apparently wrote the song for the amazing jazz singer, Billie Holiday. After moving to Harlem, New York when she was a teenager, Billie quickly found herself elbows deep in the jazz circuit.
#4. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone
There has been quite a bit of controversy about this song, and who Jenny actually is. The lead guitarist of Tommy Tutone, Jim Keller, told People Magazine the truth in 1982. “Jenny is a regular girl, not a hooker. Friends of mine wrote her name and number on a men’s room wall at a bar. I called her on a dare, and we dated for a while. I haven’t talked to her since the song became a hit, but I hear she thinks I’m a real jerk for writing it.”
Members of the band all have a different story. Lead singer, Tommy Heath, told WGN Morning News in 2008 that he was responsible for writing the name and number of one of his friends on the bathroom wall. He claimed that he and the girl thought it was a really funny joke. But in 2009, songwriter Alex Call claimed it wasn’t real, and he just came up with it.
#5. “My Sharona” by The Knack
When Doug Fieger first saw Sharona Alperin, he immediately fell in love with her. Despite their age difference, he was 25 and she was 17, the love they shared inspired him to write many songs about her. But only one of those songs became a household name. Thanks to the song, The Knack had a huge hit on their hands.
Fieger said that when he fell in love with Sharona, it was like getting hit on the head with a baseball bat. During their four-year-long relationship, he wrote many songs about her. It only took him about 15 minutes to write “My Sharona." After their break-up, Sharona became a realtor in LA and still is today. Check out her website, Mysharona.com so you can listen to the song again.
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