Monday, September 26, 2011

Ode from Billy Joel

My friend sent me a list of songs written about famous people.  Some I already knew ... or did I?  Turns out Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" was composed in reference to Elle MacPherson, not Christie Brinkley.  Oh yeah, well who was in the video?  Take that, Elle!  And two women had two different songs written about them.  Pattie Boyd got "Something" while she was seeing George Harrison and "You Look Wonderful Tonight" from Eric Clapton when she dated him.  Then there's Rosanna Arquette.  She was with some guy from Toto and he wrote "Rosanna" about her.  Was she satisfied with that?  No.  She had to go and inspire one of the loveliest songs ever written, "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.  I've enjoyed Rosanna Arquette in various movie and television productions.  And I think she's a good actress.   But who knew she was the most amazing woman that ever lived?

Music from:  Billy Joel    George Harrison     Eric Clapton    Toto     Peter Gabriel


Anonymous said...

Pattie Boyd also inspired Clapton's song "Layla". Clapton wrote it for her while she was still married to George Harrison (who also played guitar on the track, although under a pseudonym).

cboy said...


cboy said...

Don't forget Caroline, about Caroline Kennedy, from Neil Diamond!