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“Chuck E’s In Love” by Rickie Lee Jones

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    “Chuck E’s In Love” by Rickie Lee Jones is a pop rock song.

    Song Title: Chuck E’s In Love
    Artist: Rickie Lee Jones
    Genre: pop rock, pop, rock, soft rock
    Composer: Copyright © 1978 Rickie Lee Jones
    Lead Vocals: Rickie Lee Jones (using a Neumann U87 microphone)
    Acoustic Guitar: Buzzy Feiten (main part) and Rickie Lee Jones (accompaniment on the bridge using a Shure SM57 microphone)
    Electric piano: Neil Larsen on Fender Rhodes direct to board with additional channel through a Harmonizer (replacing original track by Victor Feldman)
    Vibraphone: Victor Feldman
    Bass: Willie Weeks (combination of DI and miking his amplifier with a U87 and an SM57)
    Drums: Steve Gadd (miked with 414 overhead, KM 84 on the snare, and a Sennheiser 421 on the kick drum)
    Percussion: Rickie Lee Jones (finger-snapping)
    Saxophone: Ernie Watts and Tom Scott
    Brass arrangement: Rickie Lee Jones
    Trumpet: Chuck Findley
    Producer: Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman
    Recorded: 1978 Warner Bros. Amigo Recording Studios (Studio A using 24-track 3M79 with Dolby A and a customized API board) and The Burbank Studios
    Engineer: Lee Herschberg
    Released: 28 April 1979
    B-side: On Saturday Afternoons in 1963
    Label: Warner Bros. Records 8825
    Number of listens: 14050
    Current rank: 1768 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 1660 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Chuck E.’s In Love” is a song by American singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. Released in 1979 on her eponymous debut album, Rickie Lee Jones from Warner Bros. Records, the song became her biggest hit, going to number 4 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 list.

    “Chuck E.’s In Love” is Track 1 on Side 1 of the Rickie Lee Jones LP, on which it runs 3:28 minutes long. It is Side A on the single; the B-side is “On Saturday Afternoon in 1963”.


    Jones and her lover/fellow songwriter Tom Waits spent a lot of time hanging out with their friend Chuck E. Weiss at the seedy Tropicana Motel in Los Angeles. Eventually Weiss, affectionately referred to as “Chuck E.” disappeared. Later Weiss called the apartment where Jones and Waits lived. Waits took the call, at which time Weiss explained the reason for his disappearance, he was now in Denver, and had moved there because he had fallen in love with a cousin in Colorado. Waits hung up, then explained to Jones, “Chuck E.’s in love.” Jones liked the sound of the sentence and wrote a song around it. Although toward the end of “Chuck E.’s In Love” the lyrics state, “Chuck E.’s in love with the little girl singing this song,” the twist ending is fictional; Jones was never the girl with whom Chuck E. was in love.


    The first line of the song says, “How come he don’t come and PLP with me down at the meter no more?” PLP stands for Public Leaning Post, old American slang for one person (usually female) leaning against another (usually male) in a friendly fashion.

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