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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Water on the Driver's Side

The idea for this post came last fall when I heard  the news of the death of Skip Haynes, the last surviving member of the band Aliotta Haynes and Jeremiah.

The band is famous for their song, "Lake Shore Drive":

Being a lifelong Chicagoan and a North Sider specifically, this song never fails to evoke my own memories and at this point homesickness.  The funny thing is that I can't think of another "Chicago" song that does the same thing.

"Chicago That Toddlin' Town" mentions State Street "that great street" but that's about it:

"My Kind of Town" mentions the Wrigley Building and the Union Stockyards and "all that jazz".

Lastly the Robert Johnson song , "Sweet Home Chicago" , may be a blues standard (and I do like it) but it's not even really about Chicago.

Do you have a favorite song about your hometown or the place you call home?  Favorite place song in general?

I really couldn't think of many off the top of my head.  Here are some that came to mind:

I'm sure there are many more and I'm sure I forgot some obvious ones.  What did I miss?


  1. Two you need to add:

    Buddy Guy "Meet Me In Chicago" - if you have Amazon Prime, you can add this to your music playlist.

    Dave Specter "Chicago Style" - more about the Chicago Blues scene, but still a good blues jam.

  2. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never heard of Aliotta Haynes and Jeremiah, but Lake Shore Drive is a great song. As for your question, the only song that I know of in regards to San Jose is that "Do you know the way to San Jose", which is okay, but not something I typically listen to. On the other hand, there are tons of songs that are Bay Area and California related.

    A. Lights by Journey
    B. California Love by Dre & 2Pac
    C. Califorina Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas
    D. Going Back to Calif by Biggie Smalls
    E. The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

  3. Check out "Take Me Back to Chicago" by Chicago. A hidden gem in their catalog, IMHO.


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