Women Who Have Inspired Pop Songs

  • Marilyn Monroe – “Candle in the Wind” (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
  • Elizabeth Taylor – “Emotionally Yours” (Bob Dylan)
  • Christine Brinkley – “Uptown Girl” (Billy Joel)
  • Joni Mitchell – “Our House” (Graham Nash)
  • Billie Jean King – “Philadelphia Freedom” (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
  • Joan Baez – “It Ain’t Me, Babe” (Bob Dylan)
  • Kylie Minogue – “Suicide Blonde” (Michael Hutchence)
  • Marianne Faithfull – “Wild Horses” (Mick Jagger)
  • Geri Halliwell – “Eternity” (Robbie Williams)
  • Patti Boyd – “Layla” (Eric Clapton)
  • Rita Collidge – “Delta Lady” (Leon Russell)
  • Judy Collins – “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (Stephen Stills)

(Source: Promo Only)

I would add:

  • Caroline Kennedy-“Sweet Caroline” (Neil Diamond)
  • Margaret Thatcher-“Tramp the Dirt Down” (Elvis Costello)

…and let’s not even go into Yoko/John territory.

There must be others out there. Can you name any?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mvcoogan
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 23:30:22

    I’ve heard that Patti Boyd was the inspiration for George Harrison’s “For You Blue” and “Something” as well as Clapton’s “You Look Lovely Tonight” besides the well-known Layla. And if you listen to “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” on the Layla album, you can’t think he was thinking of anyone else, altho it was a blues song already written by someone else.
    I think Patti Boyd wins.

    Reply

    • Ed Cyphers
      Oct 17, 2012 @ 23:37:16

      Great ones! I was thinking of “Something” myself. Although I don’t know if I’ve ever read definitively that it was about her, I think we can be certain of it.

      Reply

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