Lynyrd Skynyrd's Steve Gaines, Artimus Pyle and Ronnie Van Zant at Studio One, Doraville, Ga., Aug. 12, 1977.
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Behind the Song, Vol. 14
What if rock fans screamed "Firefly" at every band instead of "Free Bird"? What if a DJ in Hawaii hadn't illegally downloaded Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" from Napster? What if Jay-Z hadn't told a few lies when seeking permission to sample "It's the Hard Knock Life"? Here are a few truths behind those and other hits.
Matty Karas, curator
September 15, 2020