They’re some of the most famous songs ever and have been performed on numerous occasions over the years. But the stories behind them may not be as well-known as their iconic lyrics and catchy melodies. Here, we reveal the real-life inspiration surrounding 20 of the world’s most memorable tracks – and some of them might surprise you.
20. “Save The Last Dance For Me” – The Drifters
“Save The Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters first came out in 1960. And it has since been covered by stars such as Michael Bublé and Dolly Parton. But what some people may not know is that it was written by Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus on the latter’s wedding day.
Pomus suffered from polio and was often confined to a wheelchair. That meant that when he got married, he had to watch his new wife dancing with other guests because he couldn’t get on the dance floor himself. And it was this that inspired the lyrics he penned that day.