Crackerbox Palace

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"Crackerbox Palace"
George Harrison - Crackerbox Palace.jpg
Dutch picture sleeve
Single by George Harrison
from the album Thirty Three & 1/3
B-side"Learning How to Love You"
Released24 January 1977
Format7-inch vinyl
GenreRock, pop
Length3:58
LabelDark Horse
Songwriter(s)George Harrison
Producer(s)George Harrison with Tom Scott
George Harrison singles chronology
"This Song"
(1976)
"Crackerbox Palace"
(1977)
"True Love"
(1977)
Thirty Three & 1/3 track listing

"Crackerbox Palace" is the ninth track on George Harrison's 1976 album, Thirty Three & 1/3. The song was released as the second single from the album and reached number 19 in the American pop charts.

History[edit]

The song was inspired by Harrison's serendipitous meeting with George Greif.[1] At the 1975 Midem Music Festival, Greif remarked to Harrison that he resembled the late comedian Lord Buckley, who Harrison had admired for many years.[1] Greif, who had been Buckley's manager, invited Harrison to Buckley's old Los Angeles home, "Crackerbox Palace".[1] Thinking that the phrase had the makings of a song, Harrison jotted the words "Crackerbox Palace" down on a cigarette pack, and later wrote the song.[1] The song includes references to Greif ("I met a Mr. Greif") and to Lord Buckley ("know that the Lord is well and inside of you").[1] ("Lord" could be a double entendre referring as well to either the Lord God or Lord Krishna.)

Harrison says "It's twoo, it's twoo" during an instrumental break, a line said by Madeline Kahn's German seductress-for-hire character Lili Von Shtupp in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles.

A whimsical music video accompanied the single which was first shown on 20 November 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live. Directed by Monty Python's Eric Idle (who had a brief cameo in the video), the film featured Harrison, Neil Innes (as the carriage-pushing nanny/mother, a bathrobe-clad man with a duck on his head, and as a church authority),[2] Harrison's future wife Olivia Arias, and various other friends, in an array of wild costumes. Elves are also prominent. The film was shot in and around the grounds of Harrison's home, Friar Park, which Harrison had nicknamed "Crackerbox Palace" after Lord Buckley's home.[3][4]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Thirty Three & 1/3 (CD booklet). George Harrison. Dark Horse Records. 2004. p. 5.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Words of Innespriation: The Lyrics and Unplanned Career of Neil Innes". NeilInnes.org. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ Harrison, George (2002). I Me Mine. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. p. 354.
  4. ^ "George and Pattie Harrison move into Friar Park". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  5. ^ "RPM Top Singles, March 26, 1977" Archived 13 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Library and Archives Canada (retrieved 11 April 2014).
  6. ^ "RPM Top Singles, April 9, 1977", Library and Archives Canada (retrieved 12 May 2015).
  7. ^ "George Harrison > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles", AllMusic (retrieved 11 April 2014).
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 106.
  9. ^ "Top 100 1977-03-19". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.