Kansas City Bomber (song)
|"Kansas City Bomber"|
Promotional copy of "Kansas City Bomber"
|Single by Phil Ochs|
|B-side||Gas Station Women|
|Producer(s)||Phil Ochs, Michael Ochs, Lee Housekeeper|
|Phil Ochs singles chronology|
In 1972, record producer Lee Housekeeper asked Ochs to write the theme song for the film Kansas City Bomber, a film about roller derby starring Raquel Welch. Although Ochs enjoyed watching the sport on television, composing the song proved difficult, as Ochs was suffering from writer's block. At last, he made a demo, on which Micky Dolenz of The Monkees sang back-up vocals.
Months later, Ochs was traveling in Australia. Housekeeper told him the film's producers liked his demo, but it was not exactly what they were looking for. Ochs decided to make a new recording of the song, backed by the Australian rock band Daddy Cool.
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- "Also Recommended". Billboard. October 7, 1972. p. 20. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
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