Cruisin' (Michael Nesmith song)

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"Cruisin' (Lucy and Ramona and Sunset Sam)"
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Song by Michael Nesmith from the album Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma
Released 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 3:49
Label Pacific Arts
Writer(s) Michael Nesmith
Composer(s) Michael Nesmith
Producer(s) Michael Nesmith

"Cruisin' ", aka "Lucy and Ramona and Sunset Sam", is the last single to date released by Michael Nesmith as a solo artist. The song was released in 1979 under Pacific Arts (PAC 108) from the album Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma. The B-side of the single was "Carioca". "Cruisin'" tells the story of three individuals who live on the streets of Los Angeles and are related by their lifestyle.

A promotional video was made for Cruisin' and was released on Nesmith's Elephant Parts. Contrary to popular belief, the video did not debut Hulk Hogan, but rather, featured wrestler Steve Strong who resembles a young Hulk Hogan. Nesmith mistakenly stated in 1989 that Hogan played the role, but he corrected his statement in 2003.[1]

The song received considerable airplay on AOR rock stations during the summer of 1979. Cleveland AOR station WMMS music director Denny Sanders had the song in "high rotation" during the months of July and August. Although it did not chart in the USA, it peaked at #6 on the New Zealand singles chart.[2]

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Nesmith - Guitar, Producer, Vocals
  • Lenny Castro - Percussion
  • Joe Chemay - Arranger, Background Vocals
  • John Hobbs - Keyboards, Background Vocals
  • Paul Laim - Drums
  • David MacKay - Bass
  • Al Perkins - Guitar
  • Tom Saviano - Saxophone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Massingill, Randi L. (2005). Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story. FLEXquarters.com LLC. p. 140. ISBN 0-9658218-4-6. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Michael Nesmith - Cruisin' (Lucy And Ramona And Sunset Sam)". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-14.