Last Kiss

Teen tragedy songs were popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After Eddie Vedder heard this musical tale of a fatal wreck, written in 1961 and later recorded by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, he introduced the song to the band, who recorded it for $1,000 and offered it to fan club members as a Christmas gift. Later, the ballad--featuring Vedder's mournful vocals--became one of their biggest hits. "It just reaffirmed the fact that you don't have to think about it, and that a sound check record can do well," Vedder said.