Inspired by Taylor Swift, who regularly pens songs about her real-life boyfriends, the New York Daily News lists six stories behind six classic songs. Most come from new book The Girl in the Song by Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson:
- Billy Joel, “Uptown Girl”: Contrary to popular belief, this song is about Elle MacPherson, not Christie Brinkley. Joel dated MacPherson before Brinkley.
- Bob Dylan, “It Ain’t Me Babe”: The singer had an affair with Joan Baez in the ‘60s—and then penned this song as a kiss-off to her. She returned the favor with “Diamonds and Rust.”
- Leonard Cohen, “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”: Penned after a sexual encounter with Janis Joplin at the Chelsea Hotel—before which she admitted to him that she’d rather have hooked up with Kris Kristofferson. (Line from the song: “You told me you preferred handsome men.”)
- The Kinks, “Lola”: This song, about a drag queen, is supposedly about Candy Darling—who also supposedly dated Kinks leader Ray Davies.
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