George Brett Autograph Photo Inspired Lorde’s Mega-Hit Single ‘Royals’

Lorde is a George Brett fan. Does that mean Brett is a Lorde fan?

The 17-year-old sensation from New Zealand is riding the waves of her hit single “Royals” as far as it’ll take her. The intense scrutiny on not only the singer but the song itself has led to many questioning the inspiration behind the tune. Lorde told VH1 that she’d been inspired by a photo of Brett in an old National Geographic magazine she’d seen, and now that photo has been identified.

george-brettThe picture of a smiling Brett surrounded by fans brandishing baseballs to be signed appeared in the July 1976 issue of NatGeo, according to Kathy Lu of The Kansas City Star. Something about Brett’s man-of-the-people look and uniform struck a chord with the songwriter, who remarked, “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.'”

“It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

There’s no word if Brett will receive any royalties (Ha!) for his role in the song’s inception.

Photo via The Kansas City Star

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