Australian singles charts:
La Grange entered the Kent Music Report on 15 April 1974 and peaked at #21.
The song is on Tres Hombres with entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 6 May 1974 and peaked at #36.
Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
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BONUS CLIP BELOW: Charlie Brown & the Peanuts gang
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.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Grange_(song)
“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.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/zz-top/la-grange
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 70s
Charlie Brown & the Peanuts gang playing La Grange.
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