While looking for a picture to go with my post, I entered “Women in Rock” and this is what came up. First of all, who don’t like curling!!!!! So I went with it. But for our Top Ten today, we ran down the list of songs with women’s names in the titles. In case you missed any, here’s how things came out…
10. – LAY DOWN SALLY – ERIC CLAPTON.
This song is all about Clapton trying to convince a girl to hang out with him in bed instead of leaving. By the way, “Lay Down Sally” is grammatically incorrect, as it would mean taking Sally and actually placing her horizontally. When asking Sally to join him in bed, Clapton’s correct grammar would be “Lie Down Sally.” Geesh! C’mon Eric!
09. – Amie
The song was originally recorded by the band on their 1972 album Bustin’ Out, but it was not released as a single until 1973, when it gained popularity on college radio stations. Its airplay led to RCA Records re-signing Pure Prairie League after having previously dropped them.
08. – OH SHERRIE – JOURNEY
The song is about Steve Perry’s real life girlfriend at the time, Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the video.
07. – BRANDY (YOU’RE A FINE GIRL) – LOOKING GLASS
Brandy’ is based on the name of (lead singer) Elliot Lurie’s high school sweetheart, “Randy.” Barry Manilow wanted to record a song called “Brandy”, but changed the name to “Mandy” to avoid confusion with this song.
06. – CECILIA – SIMON AND GARFUNKLE
According to the liner notes to Paul Simon’s Anthology album, the strange rhythm sounds on the record were actually Paul and Art slapping their thighs, while Paul’s brother Eddie thumped a piano bench and a friend strummed a guitar with its strings slackened.
05. – PROUD MARY – C.C.R.
The phrase “Proud Mary” reminded John Fogerty of a domestic washerwoman, which is what he started writing the song about. When he wrote the music, the first few chords reminded him of a paddle-wheel going around, and he thought of the Mississippi River. So, instead of “Proud Mary” being a clean-up lady, “she” became a boat!
04. – ROSANNA – TOTO
This song got its name from actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time. Toto leader David Paich said that “Rosanna isn’t about Arquette. It’s about three girls that I knew all rolled into one. After I met Rosanna Arquette, I think I just stole her name and stuck it on there.”
03. – SWEET CAROLINE – NEIL DIAMOND
In 2007, Neil Diamond revealed that this song is about Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy. After performing the song via satellite at Caroline’s 50th birthday party, he told the Associated Press: “I’ve never discussed it with anybody before – intentionally. I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday. I’m happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy.”
02. – MAGGIE MAY – ROD STEWART
In the January, 2007 issue of Q magazine, Stewart said: Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I ever had woopie with.
01.- BILLIE JEAN – MICHAEL JACKSON
While Jackson didn’t give many details about the real Billie Jean, his producer Quincy Jones said that Jackson found the woman one day lounging by his pool with a bathing suit and sunglasses on. According to Jones, she accused Jackson of being the father of one of her twins, which Jones thought was pretty funny.