Guns N’ Roses' Surprising “Sweet Child O' Mine”

By Kellar Ellsworth
Who knew Axel wrote poetry? gunsnroses.fandom

Of all the Guns N’ Roses hits, “Sweet Child O' Mine” remains by far the most unlikely. For starters, the song came from a poem. Yes, it’s based on a poem that Axl Rose wrote about girlfriend Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. While the couple’s short-lived marriage failed to last a year, “Sweet Child O' Mine” ranks as the most popular Guns N’ Roses hit for the masses.

Ironically, the group, especially Slash, wasn’t overly fond of the smash hit even though his guitar riff is considered one of the better ones you’ll ever hear. Here’s the story of Guns N’ Roses #1 hit of 1988 “Sweet Child O' Mine.”

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