Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explained)

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Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explained)

Postby TheHero » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:40 pm

"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" is a song written by American folk rock singer Jim Croce. Released as part of his 1973 album Life and Times, the song was a Number One pop hit for him, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1973.

Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". It was his last number-one single before his death on September 20.

On Croce's final album, I Got a Name, a "Leroy Brown" is credited as a backing vocalist.


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The song inspired Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury (who cited Croce as one of his artistic inspirations) to write the song "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" for the band's third album, Sheer Heart Attack, released a year after Croce died.

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Jim Croce explains in his own words what the song is about:

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Re: Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explaine

Postby TheHero » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:48 pm

For those that have seen the movie "Django Unchained", I Got A Name by Jim Croce was part of the soundtrack.

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Re: Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explaine

Postby TheHero » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:10 pm

The Queen song is a popular track to be covered by other artists/people:

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Re: Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explaine

Postby TheHero » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:19 pm

And of course, here is the original version: :cool:

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Re: Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explaine

Postby TheHero » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:52 pm

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Perhaps John Williams was inspired by Queen's song ?
 
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Re: Bring Back That Leroy Brown (origin/inspiration explaine

Postby TheHero » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:15 pm

Roland C Daniels (November 30, 1950 – September 6, 1988) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Leroy Brown. Daniels took his ring name from the Jim Croce song about "Bad Bad" Leroy Brown, which also became his theme song for a lot of his in ring appearances.
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