La Grange – ZZ Top

Australian Charts:
La Grange peaked at no 18 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 13 July 1974.

Live version
and Charlie Brown & the Peanuts gang

‘La Grange’ by the American rock group ZZ Top is from their 1973 album Tres Hombres.
The song refers to a brothel on the outskirts of La Grange, Texas (later called the “Chicken Ranch”). The brothel is also the subject of the Broadway play and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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“The Chicken Ranch,” or Miss Edna’s Boarding House in La Grange, was probably the oldest establishment in Texas, catering to the oldest profession. It was closed down by a zealous TV reporter from Houston, who couldn’t find enough vice and corruption to report in Houston. He challenged the governor about why it continued to operate in fairly plain sight. The governor had no choice but to order the sheriff to close it.
Miss Edna’s girls had weekly visits from the local doctors, so they were “clean.” The girls spent their money in La Grange and when a new hospital was needed, Miss Edna gave the first and largest donation.
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La Grange from the ‘Double Down Live’ DVD set

Charlie Brown & the Peanuts gang playing La Grange.

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