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PEN PALS: READERS RESPOND, PART 1
Wonderful discussion last week about hit songs written by other superstar artists!
Here are some favorite examples from past decades that immediately come to mind (and I'll prohibit myself from including any songs that were technically covers of previously released songs).
Gary U.S. Bonds' "This Little Girl" and "Out of Work," Pointer Sisters' "Fire" and Patti Smith's "Because the Night," all written by Bruce Springsteen
Matchbox 20's "Disease," written with Mick Jagger
Kenny Rogers' "Lady" (Lionel Richie)
The Spinners' "It's a Shame," the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown," Jermaine Jackson's "Let's Get Serious," "You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me" and "I Think It's Love" and Rufus' "Tell Me Something Good," all penned or co-penned by Stevie Wonder
Jellybean's "Sidewalk Talk" (Madonna)
Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin's "Separate Lives" (Stephen Bishop)
Cliff Richard's "Dreamin' " (Leo Sayer)
New Edition's "Mr. Telephone Man" and Rufus' "You Got the Love" (Ray Parker, Jr.)
Diana Ross's "Missing You" (Richie), "Swept Away" (Daryl Hall), "Mirror, Mirror" (Michael Sembello) and "Muscles" (Michael Jackson)
Tina Turner's "Private Dancer" (Mark Knopfler)
Starship's "It's Not Over 'Til It's Over" (Robbie Nevil)
Mike Reno and Ann Wilson's "Almost Paradise" (Eric Carmen)
.38 Special's "Teacher Teacher" (Bryan Adams)
Ricky Martin's "She's All I Ever Had" (Jon Secada)
Icehouse's "Electric Blue," written with John Oates
Daryl Hall John Oates' "So Close," written with Jon Bon Jovi
Carly Simon's "You Belong to Me" and Kenny Loggins' "This Is It" (both written with Michael McDonald, whose hits "What a Fool Believes" and "No Lookin' Back" were in turn written with Loggins … whose hit "Whenever I Call You Friend" was written with Melissa Manchester!)
And, I may be stretching the word "superstar" a bit here, but a few especially wonderful trivia bits to show how one hit wonders can always return to the charts in other fashions, Sheena Easton's No. 7 1984 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Strut" was penned by Charlie Dore, who just missed the top 10 herself as a performer with "Pilot of the Airwaves" (No. 13) in 1980.
And, Robert Ellis Orrall of "I Couldn't Say No" fame (No. 32, 1983) ultimately returned to the top 40 more than 25 years later as Taylor Swift's co-writer on "Crazier" (No. 17, 2009).
The lesson: never stop writing!
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