WARNING: This video may be offensive to some and contains adult material. It is not animation meant for children.
#15 Pop, #58 R&B
The song was from their third 3rd hit (#2) LP titled “Los Cochinos” which won the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Performance Single or Album, Spoken or Musical. This is a treasured part of my musical collection. Composing this post caused me to put ripping this LP to my PC on my “To Do List.”
If you are reading this not as a Boomer, but as someone born in the Seventies or later, you may not have heard “Basketball Jones” or the original track that it was a parody of titles “Love Jones”.
For you I have posted this YouTube video of the Chicago teenaged one hit wonder group, The Brighter Side of Darkness, performing their lone hit on Soul Train. This is the original #3 R&B hit song that was parodied by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong to create “Basketball Jones.”
Listening to this takes me back to my summer of 1973: it was the summer before I went away from home to go to college and is was an event-packed summer I shall always remember! ; -)
Please watch the video and and drop me a comment on what you think of the original and the parody of it. I would love to hear from you.
Triva for non-Boomers: Tommy Chong may be actress Dawn Rae Chong’s father to you — but to we boomers he was the guitar player for Motown soul group Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers.
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Filed under:20th Century,Basketball Jones,Brighter Side of Darkness,Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong,Dynamic Duos (Duets),Grammy Gold,Guy Groups,Love Jones,Novelty Songs,Novelty/Comedy,One Hit Wonders,Pop/R&B