Essay Times They Changin
Appears on: Writers: Green, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Producer: Willie Mitchell Released: June '72, Hi12 weeks; No.
He turned the words into perhaps his most blatant assault on American propriety: "Good golly, Miss Molly/You sure like to ball." He swiped the music from Ike Turner's piano intro to Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88," recorded by Sam Phillips in Memphis seven years earlier.Recorded between four and seven in the morning, during the landmark Memphis session that helped return the King to his throne, "Suspicious Minds" — the final Number One single of his lifetime — is Presley's masterpiece: He sings so intensely through the fade-out that his band returns for another minute of the tear-stained chorus.Appears on: Writer: Fred Parris Producers: The Five Satins Released: Sept. 24 Five Satins frontman Parris wrote the song while on guard duty in the Army, and the group recorded it in the basement of a church in Parris' hometown of New Haven, Connecticut.Fogerty wrote it out of disgust at the fancy wedding plans of Richard Nixon's daughter."You just had the feeling that none of these people were going to be too involved with the war," he said.When I’m writing a song that I know is going to work, it’s a feeling of euphoria.It’s how a basketball player must feel when he starts hitting every shot, when you’re in that zone.Appears on: Writers: John and Michelle Phillips Producer: Lou Adler Released: Dec. 4 One frigid winter in Manhattan, a song came to John Phillips in the middle of the night.He woke up his young wife, Michelle, who was homesick for the West Coast, to help him finish writing "California Dreamin'," one of the all-time sunniest songs of longing.Appears on: Writers: Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer Producer: Sam Phillips Released: Nov. 2 With Lewis pounding the piano and leering, "Great Balls of Fire" was full of Southern Baptist hellfire turned into a near-blasphemous ode to pure lust.Lewis, a Bible-college dropout and cousin to Jimmy Swaggart, refused to sing it at first and got into a theological argument with Phillips that concluded with Lewis asking, "How can the devil save souls?