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In the song, "Shooting Star" by Bad Company- Does anybody know if this song was written about a real person (or just a made up story)? I'm just curious- who is Johnny- "Johnny was a school boy when he heard his first Beatles song/Love Me Do I think it was and it didn't take long." Is Johnny a real person?

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Rocks, this is from the main page on Songfacts.. :P

This tells the story of young boy who grows up to be a Rock Star, but he succumbs to Rock And Roll excess and dies of a drug overdose. According to Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers, the song is a warning. He wrote it about the casualties of the music business; people like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as well as others who didn't make it. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA)

Rogers may have drawn inspiration from his former Free band mate, late guitarist Paul Kossoff, who died of a heroin overdose. (thanks, zach - syracuse, NY)

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