Behind every great love song there is a real story with sincere feelings, and in most cases the recognized hits were dedicated to women. Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and other performers spoke about their passion in the language of music, perpetuating the names of their chosen ones.
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Pattie Boyd for Eric Clapton and George Harrison
Famous English model and photographer Pattie Boyd was married to two stellar musicians: Beatles guitarist and solo artist George Harrison and blues rock musician Eric Clapton. Both played the guitar masterfully and dedicated their songs to Pattie Boyd.
The most recognizable of them are “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton, “For You Blue” by George Harrison and “Something” by his own composition performed by The Beatles. Patti herself, in an interview with Elizabeth Vargas for ABC News, when asked how she managed to become a muse for two brilliant musicians at once, answered that she herself would like to know the reason and tell others about it.
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Linda McCartney for Paul McCartney
Having married Paul McCartney, American singer Linda Eastman immediately became his main muse, as the musician himself has repeatedly admitted. Immediately after their wedding in 1969, Paul wrote the hit “I Will” for The Beatles; later, in McCartney’s solo albums before and after Linda’s death in 1998, many creations dedicated to his wife appeared, among which it is worth highlighting “Maybe I’m Amazed” in 1970 and “My Love,” performed with Wings.
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Marianne Faithfull for Mick Jagger
British singer and actress Marianne Faithfull gained recognition in the 60s of the last century, not least thanks to The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
During these years, Faithfull herself excelled in songwriting, including writing several compositions for The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger did not lag behind and dedicated a number of world-famous hits to his beloved: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, “Sympathy for the Devil”, “Wild Horses” and others.
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Marilyn Monroe for Elton John and The Kinks
The iconic image of the sex symbol of the 1950s is reflected in many masterpieces of world art: books, films, paintings, cinema and music. Even famous female musicians dedicated songs to her; just remember “Vogue” by Madonna and “Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mar” by Rihanna.
As for men, Marilyn Monroe’s beauty and charm were admired by Elton John in the ballad “Candle in the Wind” and by the Davis brothers from The Kinks in the song “Celluloid Heroes.”
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Françoise Hardy for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and others
It is impossible not to mention in this list the French singer and model Françoise Hardy, whose magical voice enchanted her most famous contemporaries. Among the rock performers who dedicated songs to her are many big names: Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones, John Lennon and George Harrison from The Beatles, but the most famous admirer of Françoise Hardy’s talent is Bob Dylan, who dedicated poems to her .
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Beverly “Bebe” Buell for Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger and others
Like Françoise Hardy, Bebe Buell can boast a whole list of rock musicians who were inspired by their feelings for her to write their hits. The result of her relationship with Steven Tyler was not only the famous actress daughter Liv Tyler, but also a number of Aerosmith compositions.
In addition to Tyler, Bebe Buell served as an inspiration for Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart of The Faces, Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page and others.
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Rosanna Arquette for Peter Gabriel and Toto
The American actress gained her first rays of fame in the 1980s and at the same time began dating Toto band member Steve Porcaro. The latter dedicated one of the main singles of the Toto IV album “Rosanna” to Rosanna.
Arquette later entered into a relationship with Peter Gabriel, a British performer and member of the Genesis group, who, inspired by his feelings for Roseanne, recorded the hit “In Your Eyes”, which became the main soundtrack for the film “Say Anything” and received Grammy Award.
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Yoko Ono for John Lennon
Among fans of The Beatles, there is no consensus regarding the Japanese avant-garde artist, singer and anti-war activist. Some believe that she was the root cause of the band’s collapse, while others think she was the main muse of John Lennon, who composed his best songs under her influence.
Among the hits dedicated exclusively to Yoko Ono are: “Oh Yoko”, “Dear Yoko”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and “Woman”.
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Caroline Kennedy for Neil Diamond
In 1969, American singer Neil Diamond released his most successful hit, “Sweet Caroline,” without a single woman with that name in Neil’s circle. Only in 2007, the singer admitted that he dedicated the song to Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of US President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963. It is noteworthy that Diamond did not even know Caroline, and he was inspired to write the composition by a childhood photo in which Kennedy was depicted riding a pony.
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Courtney Love for Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan
Most people know the American actress and singer Courtney Love as the widow of Kurt Cobain, to whom the Nirvana frontman dedicated many songs. However, even before meeting Kurt, Courtney met with The Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan, whom she inspired to write the entire album “Siamese Dream”, for which she received the nickname “Yoko Ono of Generation X” from journalists.
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