Anatomy Of A Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, October 1, 2016

In ANATOMY OF A SONG: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop (Grove Press; November 1, 2016), writer Marc Myers tells the stories behind five decades of rock, pop and R&B hits through intimate oral history interviews with the artists who wrote and recorded them.  The book features interviews with Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and more.

Publishers Weekly raves, “Music fans will enjoy the behind-the-songs stories” and No Depression declares, “Who doesn’t like to listen to musicians tell their stories about the genesis of a song? Myers’ book has something for everyone.”

Read like a literary jukebox, Anatomy contains the following songs:

1: Lawdy Miss Clawdy,  Lloyd Price
2: K.C. Loving, Little Willie Littlefield
3: Shout, The Isley Brothers
4: Please Mr. Postman, The Marvelettes
5: Runaround Sue, Dion Dimucci
6: Chapel Of Love, The Dixie Cups
7: You Really Got Me, The Kinks
8: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’ The Righteous Brothers
9: My Girl, The Temptations
10: Reach Out I’ll Be There,The Four Tops
11: Darling Be Home Soon, John Sebastian
12: Light My Fire, The Doors
13: Groovin’, The Young Rascals
14: White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane
15: Di.Erent Drum, The Stone Poneys
16: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding
17: Fist City, Loretta Lynn
18. Street Fighting Man, The Rolling Stones,
19: Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette
20: Magic Carpet Ride, Steppenwolf
21: Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
22: Oh Happy Day, The Edwin Hawkins Singers
23: Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
24: Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
25: Mercedes Benz, Janis Joplin
26: Moonlight Mile, The Rolling Stones
27: Maggie May, Rod Stewart
28: Carey, Joni Mitchell
29: Respect Yourself, The Staple Singers
30: The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff
31: Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight And The Pips
32: Ramblin’ Man, The Allman Brothers
33: Rock The Boat, The Hues Corporation
34: Walk This Way, Aerosmith
35: Love’s In Need Of Love Today, Stevie Wonder
36: Deacon Blues, Steely Dan
37: (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes,Elvis Costello
38: Heart Of Glass, Blondie
39: Another Brick In The Wall, Pink Floyd
40: London Calling, The Clash ,
41: Brother John/Iko Iko, The Neville Brothers
42: Big City, Merle Haggard
43: Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
44: Nick Of Time, Bonnie Raitt
45: Losing My Religion, R.E.M.