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Song Stories

“Young Blood”

The Coasters | 1957

Doc Pomus gave a demo of his song to fellow songwriter Mike Stoller, thinking it might make a good A side for the Coasters. A few months later, Pomus heard "Young Blood" blaring out of a jukebox, though he hardly recognized it: Stoller and writing partner Jerry Leiber had adapted it to better suit the top of the charts. "I guess you must’ve heard it," said Atlantic's Jerry Wexler, answering the call from Pomus. "It's a smash." And at just the right time--Pomus was down to his last dime. The first of many hits, "Young Blood" pointed to Doc Pomus' bright future in the songwriting biz.

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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