I know for sure the lyrics I came up with were written to describe Suzanne, who even at a young age had always maintained the aura and dignity of a true "lady".It could have all these things, I really can't say because I had never written much so I was clueless that Lady was in fact special.
Rumor has it that Prince saw me in this Purple outfit and immediately wrote Purple Rain and Raspberry Jacket which he later turned into Beret. Truth be told I started writing this song on the Wurlitzer but finished it on a Waltham baby grand piano in our house.
My daughter now has the Waltham in her house but sadly in my dismissal from Styx it was not returned to me. Cheers, Dennis The Grand Illusion Hey everybody, In 1975 I happened to see the 1937 French film classic La Grande Illusion directed by Jean Renoir.
He said whatever happened to that idea you had about naming the album The Grand Illusion.
The minute he said it I thought thank God he remembered it because I had completely forgotten about it. I sat down and attempted to write a song that could not only be a theme for the record but also the ultimate show opener.
To that point I had not considered myself a songwriter but more of a singer keyboardist in a cover band.
I had written a song years before for TW-4 called So Long Now that we rarely played but other than that my only solo song writing attempt had been "I'm Gonna Make Ya Feel It" which we first recorded in 1971. It has been a mystery to me all these years as to how I came up with Lady in the first place.JC left and Tommy filled his spot and we recorded Crystal Ball in 1976, January of 1977 came and we prepared to start to record a new album.One day the phone rang and it was Tom Short calling to have one of our thousands of chats about music, or sports or whatever when the conversation turned to the new album.Hey everybody, "Way back in 1972 I was sitting in my garage with a little Wurlitzer electric piano when this song popped out and started this whole train a rolling".This was a line I came up with for the the Paradise Tour in 1996 briefly describing how the song Lady was written.Throw in Brad Delps supersonic vocals and Ya got somethin.