Do we know who inspired our favorite songs?

Bee Gees leader Barry Gibb says: writers don’t write songs, we receive them.

Some of Elton John’s biggest hits were inspired by famous women!

What is so special about actress Rosanna Arquette that inspired TWO smash hits about her!

Take a look. I don’t mind if you start singing.

Toto‘s, Rosanna is about Rosanna Arquette who dated keyboard player Steve Porcaro, and written by band member David Paich.


  • Elton John-Candle In The Wind

    So THAT’s who Norma Jean is. Elton John wrote this about actress Marylin Monroe. In later years, he revised it as a tribute to Princess Diana.


  • Peter Gabriel-In Your Eyes

    Rosanna Arquette AGAIN? Yes, Peter Gabriel dated her. She got a song.


  • Hall and Oates-Sara Smile

    Daryl Hall wrote this for his then girlfriend Sara Allen, a relationship that lasted thirty years. Sara Smile was a big early smash for Hall and Oates. Check this LIVE video featuring Smokey Robinson from the You Tube Show LIVE AT Daryl’s House.

  • Queen-You're My Best Friend

    Queen member John Deacon wrote this about his wife, Veronica. They married in 1975 and are still together. They really must be best friends.

  • The Beatles-Let It Be

    Paul McCartney said his mother Mary really came to him in a dream sharing the advice on how to cope with some problems you can’t control. Seeking words of wisdom she said, Let It Be.

  • Neil Diamond-Sweet Caroline

    Inspired by a photo of a then seven year old Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former president, Neil Diamond wrote this fun song of summer. Sweet Caroline ended up as a Fenway Park favorite.


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