“Basketball Jones” Performed by Cheech & Chong (1973)

October 21, 2010


WARNING:  This video may be offensive to some and contains adult material. It is not animation meant for children.

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#15 Pop, #58 R&B

“Basketball Jones” was composed and performed by the stoner comedy duo of the Seventies — Cheech & Chong.

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.”

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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.

Musically Yours,

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