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La Grange
ZZ Top
ZZ Top 1974 La Grange 45
Rumour spreadin' 'round
In that Texas town
About that shack outside La Grange
And you know what I'm talkin' about
Just let me know
If you wanna go
To that home out on the range
They got a lot of nice girls-ah
1974
41
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • from ZZ Top's third album, Tres Hombres (1973)
  • the song refers to a brothel that was located on the outskirts of La Grange, Texas called the "Chicken Ranch" - the brothel is also the subject of the 1982 film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds
  • ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill: “Did you ever see the movie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas? That’s what it’s about. I went there when I was 13. A lot of boys in Texas, when it’s time to be a guy, went there and had it done.
  • the initial guitar riff on "La Grange" was played by Billy Gibbons on a 1955 Fender Stratocaster and is based on a traditional boogie blues rhythm used by John Lee Hooker in his "Boogie Chillen'" and Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" - a lawsuit was filed in 1992 by the copyright holder of "Boogie Chillen" but the court ruled that the rhythm was in the public domain
  • lead vocals on "La Grange": Billy Gibbons
  • ZZ Top:
         Billy Gibbons - guitar, vocals, slide guitar
         Dusty Hill - bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
         Frank Beard - drums, percussion
  • written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  • produced by Bill Ham
  • London Records label
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