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Video: David Cook Talks Dave Grohl, New LP at His RS Photo Shoot

June 11, 2008 4:50 PM ET

The current issue of Rolling Stone features Austin Scaggs' conversation with David Cook, the American Idol champ who auditioned on a whim. Click below for the complete piece, and click above for a behind-the-scenes look at Cook's Rolling Stone photo shoot and find out what White Zombie song turned Cook on to rock music, why he admires Dave Grohl and who he wants to work with on his debut LP.

David Cook: America's Accidental Idol

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Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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