“Behind every great song is a great songwriter.” I believe Churchill said that. (Bob Churchill, my hippie guitar-playing neighbor.) There are tons of great songwriting artists performing today alongside artists who couldn’t write a note (or a word), but they both share something in common: they’ve performed–and probably become very successful–singing songs they did not write.
Some of these wind-beneath-somebody’s-wings types are so good at their jobs that one could spout off a list of artists and songs and you’d know plenty of them. For example, let’s talk about Desmond Child who wrote the following: Kiss, “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”; Cher “We All Sleep Alone” and “Just Like Jesse James”; Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name”; Aerosmith, “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” and I could go on for pages. He continues to write for the likes of Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, and a host of talented folks.
It goes without saying (but I will) that Child has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. And, because the man hasn’t done enough with his life, he also had his very own hit single “Love on a Rooftop,” from his solo album Discipline. The single reached number 40 on the Billboard charts.
As a perfect example of Child’s gift, I thought I’d reach into the vaults and select Alice Cooper‘s 1989 album, Trash. The album was largely written by Child (co-writing credits go to Cooper and a few other writers) and it marked the biggest comeback by Cooper since 1977. It reached 20 on the Billboard charts and its single, “Poison” reached 7 and was certified gold. Please enjoy a little delicious poison from the pen of Desmond Child…