Danielle Propheta Musicians tend to have a particular image in mind when they play and that means some of the most famous songs of all time were, in fact, inspired by real people.
Sometimes it was a person the musician loved, while in other cases, it was based on a fantasy of someone they adored. While some artists were brave enough to title the name of the song after the muse, others were more subtle about it.
Read on to discover the women and men who inspired them all. Her sultry features captured the heart of every man who caught a glimpse of her. Pinheiro appeared on the cover of Brazilian Playboy in and again in at the age of It showed Caroline Kennedy riding a horse when she was four years old.
However, Ludwig remained a close friend of the Valens family even after his death. Released in , the song talks of a modern woman whom Joel adores for all her flaws and foibles.
This woman he talks of is his ex-wife Elizabeth Weber Small, whom he married in The song talks of her tough negotiating skills that many opponents found quite masculine, but to Joel, this made her even more of a woman. The pair divorced in This was one of many songs he penned about his wife, who died in of breast cancer. The song reached number one on the rock chart and number three on the pop chart in the U. Jenny was a famous model, but quit the industry after she traveled to Rishikesh, India with Donavan and her sister Pattie to meditate alongside the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
He was 25 at the time and she was 17, and his love for her inspired him to write many songs about her. They dated for four years, during which he feverishly penned a number of songs about her. He recounted how his instant affection for her inspired lots of songs. Soon after the pair broke up, Joel won over the heart of another supermodel, Christie Brinkley.
The song was released two years before the two tied the knot, so it seems that both women inspired the lyrics. Joel also said that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons inspired the melody. He loved her so much that to get close to her he moved in with her sister Paula.
Boyd and Clapton eventually married in This song was the first posthumous single released from the Double Fantasy album. He tried to make moves on her, but she outright rejected him. The even funnier part is that at the time she was engaged to Nicholas Roeg, the director Townshend wanted for his rock opera Lifehouse.
The version proved to be a greater success than the original. Stills was truly heartbroken when Collins left him for Keach, and wrote the song to channel his sadness. Cohen always insisted that it was more about imagining an encounter, but neither of them had the inclination to go through with it. Gainsbourg had no shame and actually asked many women to record the song with him, including Marianne Faithfull, Mireille Darc, and Valerie Lagrange.
After her father disinherited her, Berlin married MacKay in When Tom Waits was working on the soundtrack for the film One from the Heart, he met the musician and artist Kathleen Brennan, and the rest was history.
They live in California and often collaborate for artistic inspiration. Dylan allegedly penned the song while he was in Italy in in search of Rotolo, who happened to be studying there at the time. The two became an item when Dylan was still a nobody. He went on tour with Baez which led to his fame, but things between them went south very quickly. After a huge fight during a tour in , the couple split up. After Dylan contracted a virus and was hospitalized, Baez came to visit with flowers, only to find out he was already dating Sara Lownds, whom he married six months later.
Unfortunately, only a year after the song was released, Asher and McCartney went their separate ways. She went on to marry Gerald Scarfe while he married Linda Eastman. Lo and behold, the pair started seeing each other again after the divorce. The song was written after his first divorce from Harper, and the lyrics are witty advice a mistress gives to a husband to end his relationship.
The two chose a cute little house in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. This very ordinary moment was documented in a song by Graham to highlight the simple beauty of domestic life. While Mitchell went to pick flowers from the garden to place in the vase, Graham wrote the song on a piano within one hour.
However, in the official biography of The Kinks, lead singer Davies tells a different tale. The lyrics detail a romantic encounter in a Soho, London nightclub between a man and what seems like a transvestite. Moreover, he said he was always aware of her true identity.
She recalls how beautiful she thought the song was when she first heard it in her memoir. He said the song alluded to Krishna, the Hindi deity, because when he writes about women, he writes about God. The song became a top 10 hit in , but the real success of the song would actually come a few months later when the rebuttal to the song was released by King herself.
It worked well for everyone. It made the original song even more of a hit. They had a daughter named Shana who was born just after the release of his album Moondance in After the divorce, Rigsbee went on to become a songwriter in California where she recorded five of her own albums. The single hit the top of the charts. Gene Page composed an orchestral arrangement for the song which includes strings, horns, and flutes.
She told People magazine that the second verse was inspired by the American actor Warren Beatty. However, what about the other verses of the song? Simon also confirmed to Washington Post that the song was not about the singer Mick Jagger either. She dismissed that assumption because she had never met the music tycoon. There have also been speculations about actor David Cassidy and singer David Bowie.
The rumors resulted in the actor suing filmmaker Lee Daniels for falsely accusing him of hitting women. Madonna never forgot how Penn wrote her a letter after he watched her perform the song at her show in New York.
He wrote how much he appreciated her as an artist. She was tired of being messed around, so she decided to go her separate way. Seeing that she was well-known, hippies would follow her around. Soon after, the singer moved into one of the caves near the cook. Mitchell felt that Raditz thought he was superior to women. This led to a burgeoning career for Parton, during which she performed multiple duets with Wagoner.