Ol' '55

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"Ol' '55"
Single by Tom Waits
from the album Closing Time
Released 1973 (1973)
Format 7"
Recorded Spring 1972 at Sunset Sound Recorders and United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California
Genre Folk
Length 3:58
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Tom Waits
Producer(s) Jerry Yester
Tom Waits singles chronology
"Ol' '55"
"Blues Skies"

"Ol' '55" is a song by American musician Tom Waits. It is the opening track and lead single from Waits' debut studio album, Closing Time, released in March 1973 on Asylum Records. Written by Waits and produced by Jerry Yester, "Ol' '55" was a minor hit. The song has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by the Eagles on their On the Border (1974).

Waits has been critical of the Eagles' cover version of the song, admitting that he was "not that particularly crazy about (their) rendition of it ... I thought their version was a little antiseptic." [1]

Personnel on Eagles' version[edit]


Live versions[edit]