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Following reports that the man who inspired Adele's 21 has been revealed, we look at the stars behind the songs...
It has recently been reported that Adele wrote the songs on her record-breaking 21 album about her ex-boyfriend, photographer Alex Sturrock. 'They spent all their time together – and when they weren’t together they would ring each other constantly,' an insider reportedly divulged. But what celebrities have been behind famous songs?
Marilyn had been dead for 11 years when Elton John released Candle In The Wind in 1973. The song's opening line - 'Goodbye Norma Jean' - referred to Marilyn's real name.
In 1997, Elton re-recorded Candle In The Wind 24 years after its original release following the untimely passing of the Princess of Wales. The song became Elton's fourth number one record.
This Uptown Girl still manages to look incredible at 58 years old! Then married, Christie appeared in the song's music video. However, recently Billy Joel has revealed his classic singalong was not originally written for his ex-wife, but another supermodel altogether...
Elle Macpherson! Joel was on vacation in the Caribbean when he came upon three models staying in the same hotel: Macpherson, Brinkley and a young, pre-fame Whitney Houston. Joel began to date McPherson and his original name for the song was allegedly Uptown Girls. He later left Macpherson for Brinkley, to whom he was married for nine years.
Toto's hit Rosanna got its name from the actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time. 'She was living with Steve Porcaro at the time and David Paich and Steve Porcaro were living together,' reportedly explained guitarist Steve Lukather, 'and David loved the sound of the name.'
Baby Blue Ivy, credited as B.I.C., became the youngest ever person to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 when her cry was sampled on Jay-Z's Glory earlier this year. Surely the world's most famous baby?
The Thin White Duke David Bowie wrote a song about American pop artist Andy Warhol in 1971.
Hey Jude was reportedly not even written for a woman! It is widely believed that Paul McCartney wrote the song to comfort John Lennon's son Julian during his parents' divorce.
A widespread interpretation of Don McLean's American Pie is that it's about The Day The Music Died, i.e. the plane crash in 1959 that killed, among others, iconic rocker Buddy Holly.
U2's 1984 hit was written about Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and his dignified nonviolent campaigns in the 1960s.
The Commodores' first hit after Lionel Richie left to pursue a successful solo career was a tribute to both Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, two legendary soul singers that passed away in 1984. Can you think of any more?