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Jokester Tom Petty Wrote ‘Free Fallin’ to Get Co-Writer Jeff Lynne to Laugh

In yet another great case for a sense of humor in your craft, Tom Petty, dad rock funny man, recently shared with Billboard that he conceived the first verse of his highest-charting hit ever, “Free […]

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Lyricapsule: Mickey Mantle’s Jersey Gets Retired; June 8, 1969

Mickey “Muscles” Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter to cross the mound retired in 1968 after a 17-year stretch in the MLB. In 1969 on this June day, the New York Yankees gave the same honor to […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Grease’ Hits Broadway; June 7, 1972

A year after debuting in a Chicago blues club, the iconic post-war musical Grease orchestrated its way onto Broadway on this day in 1972. Much of the gritty, midwestern drama and sass was torqued along […]

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Lyricapsule: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’; June 6, 2002

There’s an old literary weapon called the “Iceberg Theory” in which an artist cuts out bits of what the story is more deeply about, leaving all the fun and imagination up to the receiver of […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXII

Beck finds his own way to YOLO, the Strokes ‘thank the internet’, that farting corpse movie with Elijah Wood gets an equally absurd music video that will shockingly warm your heart and more, in the […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘The Gig That Changed the World’; June 4, 1976

A year and a half before they could even cut an album — what would be their only album — in one of the quickest yet influential burnouts in music history, the Sex Pistols assembled at the […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Sing ‘Give Peace a Chance’; June 1, 1969

“This is an alternative to violence: stay in bed and grow your hair.” One of the many perfectly momentous quotes from John Lennon, sitting beside Yoko Ono during their infamous non-violent protest on this day […]

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Lyricapsule: The Who Become the Loudest Band on Earth; May 31, 1976

Long before Jack White and his paltry Guinness reach for most metaphors in a concert, there was The Who on this day in 1976 chasing the “loudest band” moniker, of which they achieved, dutifully recorded […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXI

Canada’s beloved The Tragically Hip plow right through a terminal brain cancer diagnosis with master scientist control of the human mind, Chvrches soundtrack a videogame franchise, Monty Python are back with another refresh on classic 60s mock-rock antics […]

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Lyricapsule: All Hail Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’; May 25, 1983

Following his lauded success with Black Sabbath, filling in for Ozzie Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio split off on his own taking Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice with him and formed Dio, dropping metal landmark Holy Diver, […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.