July 21, 1973 – Jim Croce’s Bad Bad Leroy Brown started a two week run at #1!
In the summer of ’73, just before my senior year, I took a trip to Berkeley, CA to visit my big sister Joni. If I had to choose another place to live, one of my choices would be Berkeley – a lot of displaced old hippies, a lot of New Yorkers, never too hot, nice breezes, just a few hours from Tahoe, wine country, Vegas, Reno… Uh-oh gambling! On second thought maybe I should keep my butt in New York.
Anyway, that trip to Berkeley in 73 was beautiful. My sister took me to the Russian River and we rafted. She taught me how to drive stick – although 11 years later on my honeymoon in Acapulco they only rented jeeps with stick, and I totally destroyed that rental, so maybe I didn’t learn too well! Oops! But I loved Berkeley, and even now love walking down Telegraph Avenue with the old head shops, tie dyed shirts, kids playing guitars on the sidewalk, everyone pan handling, no one has a job. Uh-oh I definitely should keep my butt in N.Y.
Now my mom Joan lives with my sister Joni and my sister-in-law Nancy in Berkeley and it sounds like my mom is having a ball. What with all the nice weather and gambling nearby!
I don’t remember Bad Bad Leroy Brown from that summer, and for a long time I though it was corny. Now I love it and play it all the time. It’s fun to sing.
Here ya go.