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What Makes A Song a Hit?

From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
Length: 59:00

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So what does make a song a hit? Dr. Burns and Beth West along with special guests, Father Cayet Mangiaracina - co-author of Hello Mary Lou, Paul Sanchez - Member of Cowboy Mouth, Dr. Randy Settoon - Song writer Member of RokBox, Dr. Al Dranguet - Saxophonist with Johnny Rivers, John Fred and others, and of course, Todd Delaney - General Manager and Music Director, KSLU Radio, will shed some light on this interesting topic, and explore every avenue to the top charts for many different songs. Another great learning adventure on this week's Rock School. Read the full description.

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This week we'll be looking (well, you aren't really looking, you're listening) at many different topics pertaining to the ever elusive formula of what makes a song a hit. We'll be exploring and discussing many different rock bands from the most obscure to the most legendary and realizing what it took to make thier songs a great sucess. We'll also be playing songs from the band's featured. This week's Rock School is in session, so rock on!

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This week we'll be looking (well, you aren't really looking, you're listening) at many different topics pertaining to the ever elusive formula of what makes a song a hit. We'll be exploring and discussing many different rock bands from the most obscure to the most legendary and realizing what it took to make thier songs a great sucess. We'll also be playing songs from the band's featured. This week's Rock School is in session, so rock on!

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
We Are Not Going to Make It The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America. Fugitive / Tooth & Nail / TNL 1995 01:51
Songs About Songwriting Jeffrey Lewis Tapes From The Crypt, 1997-2001. Olive Juice Music 2006 02:13
Love Song Sara Bareilles Little Voice. Columbia 2007 03:54
Gold John Stewart Bombs Away Dream Babies. Razor & Tie 1979 04:26
Juke Box Hero Foreigner Feels Like 1st Time. WEA International 1978 04:03
Hook Blues Traveler Four. A&M 1994 04:49
I Love Rock N' Roll Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock-n-Roll. SMS 1981 02:55
Money for Nothing Dire Straits Brothers in Arms . Warner Bros. 1985 08:26
Money for Nothing Dire Straits Brothers in Arms . Warner Bros. 1985 08:26

Additional Credits

Beth West, Father Cayet Mangiaracina, Paul Sanchez, Dr. Randy Settoon, Dr. Al Dranguet, and Todd Delaney

Related Website

http://www.kslu.org/rock_school/