Music has a way of connecting people from all walks of life. You may connect to a particular song without even knowing the story behind the music. Do you know which hit song was written about Sean Penn? Read on to find out the story behind your favorite songs.
Hurricane – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan dedicated his protest song “Hurricane” to raising awareness for Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s false imprisonment. Dylan visited Carter in prison, which inspired him to write the song. Carter maintained his innocence until he was finally released after spending about 20 years locked up. His story also inspired the 1999 film The Hurricane. In the movie, Denzel Washington portrayed him.
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Arguably one of Stevie Wonder’s most recognized songs, “Isn’t She Lovely” was written in 1975 in honor of the birth of Wonder’s first daughter, Aisha Morris. When she was born, he said: “she was the one thing that I needed in my life and in my music for a long time.”
Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
“Tears In Heaven” is a beautiful song with a heartbreaking backstory. Clapton wrote the song in honor of his son Conor, who sadly passed away at age 4 after a freak accident involving falling from an apartment building. After the incident, Clapton spent some time in isolation but later felt he had to write a song about his son.
Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is not only a talented musician, he’s also an outspoken social activist. In 1981, he participated in a campaign that sought to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday. He released the song “Happy Birthday” to raise awareness for the cause. President Reagan approved and it was made into a national holiday on November 2nd, 1983.