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Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935096400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935096405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a favorite publisher of books about family with many bestselling books about family and personal dynamics.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


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Jack Canfield, America's Success Coach, is the cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes 40 New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor with Gay Hendricks of You've GOT to Read This Book! An internationally renowned corporate trainer, keynote speaker, and popular radio and TV talk show guest, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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A lot of the stories are very heartwarming and inspirational.
Rachelle Savannah
The Story behind the Song is a compilation of one hundred and one classic and popular well known songs.
CozyReadersCorner
I would recommend this book... especially to music lovers and aspiring writers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Shell on November 20, 2009
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I was given this book as a present last week - To my surprise I loved every minute of reading it. The book is comprised of so many songs that I have loved - hummed and song and now I am able to read the stories behind these songs. I found it quite interesting to read the songwriters thoughts which now gives us a more personal insight into how many of these songs originated. I have just purchased 10 books to give as Xmas gifts.
If you like to listen to music than this is a must read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CozyReadersCorner on August 13, 2010
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The Story behind the Song is a compilation of one hundred and one classic and popular well known songs. Spanning across decades of music, each chapter gives the artist or writers story along with the full lyrics. The book is packed full of interesting information and emotions attached to some of our favorite songs. If you have ever wondered how a song came to be, or if the lyrics mean anything personal to the artist, this installment of Chicken Soup for the Soul is for you.

The book is divided into chapters by each individual song. Each chapter has the artist picture, name and song title, followed by the written by and recorded by details. From here the narrative starts on how the song came to be or the story behind the development of the song. Immediately following the artists' comments are the full lyrics to the song. There is no doubt that you will want to go find your old forgotten CDs or your new and favorite CDs to hear these songs. If you don't have the songs on CD you will probably end up finding yourself on the internet like I did, searching for the song so that you can listen to it and be reminded of its' tune and passion while you read this book. I also used the internet to search for the songs I was not as familiar with or had not heard before, though they were few and far between. It was amazing to hear the song after learning more about how it came to be.

Due to the setup of the chapters, the book leaves the reader with options on how they would prefer to read it. I started off reading cover to cover but quickly switched my tactic. I was finding each entry very intriguing and found myself wanting to read about some of my favorites first. It is very easy to read this book out of order.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alain Raineau on November 17, 2009
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I had never read a "Chicken Soup" book before this one. I thought they would be sappy. But not at all. The remembrances in "The Story Behind the Song" are a collection of wonderful history, heartfelt personal tales, and altogether I found myself wanting to read one more and one more...okay...just one more...and before long realized I had read the entire book in one sitting. This would make a really great holiday gift. We all have memories and connectives to many of these songs and the book fills in the backstory beautifully and warmly and respectfully. it is written in a light yet often substantive style that would make it a great read for that long flight to the family at Christmastime...and give you something to talk about, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. A. Mackey III on December 15, 2009
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What a great book!! It was so great to read the stories behind the songs. Some were touching like that of Art Alexakis. Makes you realize what a great man he is and just how sweet he seems with his own kids! Then there are stories by Lamont Dozier and others that are HILARIOUS!!! No Tell Motel? Seriously!! hahaha

What's so great about this book is that it is a simple, yet fun read. The stories are concise, well-written and addictive. I think another reviewer wrote this as well, but on two occasions I thought, "Okay, I'm going to read one story before I go to bed." I started at 3 am and 45 minutes later I was still reading, knowing i REALLY needed to get some sleep!

This is one of those things that makes for a great gift, particularly for those people that already have everything. I'm not big on reading, but this is such an easy read that you can read a story or two, or just read it front to back.

Nice work, Chicken Soup. This was the first book I've read from that series and if the rest are like this, you've got a new fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By betty on January 2, 2014
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I did not realize there were so many disappointing stories in one book.
Read it from the library, but dont bother buying it.
Not at all like every other CS book.
Very disappointed in Jack Canfield.
I probably have 30 C.Soup books, but this one, I never even finished.
It was not interesting, or inspiring, or anything I was looking for.
So sad.........boo hoo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Goodrich on August 11, 2010
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The "Story Behind the Song", related by the writers and/ or performers, adds another dimension to the tunes that created so many memories for us all. It is an education in creation by the masters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachelle Savannah on November 30, 2009
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Yet another excellent "Chicken Soup" book. I found myself reading the stories and singing along with the songs in my head as the lyrics to each are inclued. A lot of the stories are very heartwarming and inspirational. A great gift!
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I got this for the Kenny Loggins entry "Moose 'n' Me". Yes Kenny should have used the story behind one of his more well known songs, but it is interesting as it is a song from his not-yet-officially-released children's album for Disney. The song's theme of loosing a loved pet and wondering if we'd meet them in the next life leads apporiately into the next song Shelby Lynne's "When Johnny Met June" which has a similar theme (only it's about Johnny and June Carter Cash) Not all the writers wrote the songs they sang, their are two entries by the offspring of deceased singers Jim Croce and Ricky Nelson. No Beatles however... Or Dylan or Donovan or songs written for the stage and screen...
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