Please Come to Boston

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"Please Come to Boston"
Single by Dave Loggins
from the album Apprentice (In a Musical Workshop)
Released May 6, 1974
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Country, soft rock[1]
Length 4:07
Label Epic
Writer(s) Dave Loggins
Producer(s) Jerry Crutchfield
Dave Loggins singles chronology
"Think'n of You"
(1973)
"Please Come to Boston"
(1974)
"Someday"
(1974)

"Please Come to Boston" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Dave Loggins. It was released in May 1974 as the first single from his album Apprentice (In a Musical Workshop) and was produced by Jerry Crutchfield. It spent two weeks at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974;[2] it spent one week atop the Billboard easy listening chart.[3] It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Male Pop Vocal performance.[3]

The three verses of the song are each a plea from the narrator to a woman he hopes will join him in respectively Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles, with each verse concluding: "She said 'No - boy would you come home to me'"; the woman's sentiment is elaborated on in the chorus which concludes with the line: "I'm the number one fan of the man from Tennessee." Tennessee is the home state of Dave Loggins who has said of "Please Come to Boston" - "The story is almost true, except there wasn't anyone waiting so I made her up. In effect, making the longing for [a companion] stronger. It was a recap to my first trip to each of those cities...[and] how I saw each one. The fact of having no one to come home to made the chorus easy to write. Some forty years later, I still vividly remember that night [of composition], and it was as if someone else was writing the song."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 4
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered numerous times, most notably by country music singer David Allan Coe and folk singer Joan Baez, who actually began her career in the Boston-Cambridge area and included the song on her 1976 live album From Every Stage: like other female singers performing "Please Come to Boston", Baez sings from the perspective of the woman refusing the invitations. Other notable artists to have covered the song include B. W. Stevenson, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Babyface, Tori Amos, Andrew WK, Kenny Chesney, Wade Bowen, Jackopierce, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Buffett, and Confederate Railroad.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Christopher Monger. "Apprentice (In a Musical Workshop) - Dave Loggins | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "Please Come to Boston - Stories Behind the Songs". DaveLogginsMusic.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014.