I recently picked up a fabulous book for audiophiles called “1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die (and 10,0001 You Must Download)” written by Robert Dimery.

“1001 Songs” is fairly small in height and width and weighs just under five pounds (960 pages). It fills significant shelf space. Songs range in year from 1916 (“O Sole Mio” by Enrico Caruso) to 2015 (“FourFiveSeconds” by Paul McCartney).

Here are a few of my favorite song facts collected in this publication:

1. “St. Louis Blues” – Bessie Smith (1925)

“W.C. Handy wrote it in 1913, at a time when there were no charts to register a song’s popularity….the song brought in an annual sum of around $25,000, making Handy a multimillionaire by today’s reckoning.”

2. “Over The Rainbow” – Judy Garland (1939)

“…almost got dropped from The Wizard of Oz. After a preview screening, executives at MGM demanded that the song be removed on the grounds that it slowed down the action. It later won the Oscar for Best Original Song.”

3. “Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley (1956)

“’I walk a lonely street.’ That line, taken from a suicide note and quoted in a local newspaper report, inspired writers Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Durden to pen Elvis’s breakthrough hit.”

4. “Save The Last Dance for Me” – The Drifters (1960)

“A childhood bout of polio had left (co-songwriter) Doc Pomus unable to walk without crutches. At his wedding, in 1957, he warmly encouraged his new wife to enjoy herself on the dance floor, but the experience was bittersweet: he knew he could never partner her. A few years later, Pomus came across an old wedding invitation; those mixed emotions rose up again and he penned the song.”

5. “The Girl From Ipanema” – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto (1964)

“...confirmed Getz as the epitome of cool. Of this classic piece of bossa (nova), the man known as “The Sound” remarked that he soon “got bored with it, but it paid for my kids to go to college.”

6. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – The Rolling Stones (1965)

“…in the spring of 1965, while the Stones were on tour…(Keith) Richards was passed out in a Florida motel. Suddenly, he awoke and recorded the most famous rock riff ever and the words ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’ into the tape recorder he carried around with him. Then he fell back to sleep. The tape was ‘two minutes of ‘Satisfaction’ and forty minutes of me snoring,’ he later mused.”

7. “Eleanor Rigby” – The Beatles (1966)

“…is one of only a handful of Beatles tracks on which none of the band was required to play an instrument.”

8. “A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell (1971)

“…she was having an affair with James Taylor, who was then in the depths of a crippling heroin habit. It may be this addiction to which Mitchell refers on ‘A Case of You,’ when she offers that she’s ‘frightened by the devil’ but ‘drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid.”

9. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson (1979)

(Jackson is referencing the movie, Star Wars) “’You know, I was wondering, you know…if you could keep on, because the force has got a lot of power, and it makes me feel like….’the force was strong with this one, indeed.”

10. “Tom Sawyer” – Rush (1981)

“The Canadian trio shared the credits with poet Pye Dubois. ‘His original lyrics,’ said (drummer, Neil) Peart, ‘were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel – a free spirited individualist…I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are, and what others perceive them to be.’”

Paul Crutcher is the broadcast specialist and XLR Radio general manager at Lander University. He can be reached at paulcrutcher68@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PaulCrutcher.