Ol' '55

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"Ol' '55"
Ol 55 single.jpg
Single by Tom Waits
from the album Closing Time
Released1973 (1973)
RecordedSpring 1972 at Sunset Sound Recorders and United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California
Songwriter(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. It has been described as more conventional than Waits' later songs.[1]

The song has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by the Eagles, produced by Glyn Johns for their 1974 album On The Border. In a 1975 interview, Waits was critical of the Eagles' cover version of his song, admitting that he was "not that particularly crazy about (their) rendition of it ... I thought their version was a little antiseptic."[2] About one year later, while interviewed for NME, he went as far as stating that "I don’t like the Eagles. They’re about as exciting as watching paint dry. Their albums are good for keeping the dust off your turntable and that’s about all.”[3]

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  1. ^ Barton, Matthew (July 18, 2018). "Looking Back at Tom Waits' Asylum Years: 'Closing Time,' 'The Heart of Saturday Night', 'Nighthawks at the Diner,' 'Small Change,' 'Foreign Affairs,' 'Blue Valentine, 'Heart Attack & Vine'". Glide.
  2. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (2011). Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits. p. 120. ISBN 0571261248.
  3. ^ Maher, Paul Jr (2011). Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters. p. 50. ISBN 1569769273.