Arizona (song)

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For the 1981 country and western hit, see State songs of Arizona.
"Arizona"
Single by Mark Lindsay
from the album Arizona
B-side "Man from Houston"
Released November 1969
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 3:06
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Kenny Young
Producer(s) Jerry Fuller
Mark Lindsay singles chronology
"First Hymn from Grand Terrace"
(1969)
"Arizona"
(1969)
"Miss America"
(1970)

"Arizona" is a song written by Kenny Young and recorded by former Paul Revere and the Raiders member Mark Lindsay in 1969. The single was Number 9 for two weeks in the United States in early 1970 and was awarded a RlAA Gold Disc in April 1970.[1]

Overview[edit]

The song is about a man telling his hippie girlfriend, referred to as Arizona (it is not clear if this is her real name or a hippie pseudonym) to stop acting like a teeny bopper and follow him instead. Lyrics in the song mention the girl to "get rid of her hobo shoes, rainbow shades, and Indian braids."[2] The song was also recorded in 1969 by Irish singer, Clodagh Rodgers, who was arguably Kenny Young's muse, The Family Dogg and was later covered by French singer Eddy Mitchell.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs. Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4. 
  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (1997). The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80741-6.