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|Single by Tom Waits|
|from the album Closing Time|
|Recorded||Spring 1972 at Sunset Sound Recorders and United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California|
|Tom Waits singles chronology|
"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.
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." 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.”
- 1974 Eagles on the album On the Border, and a live version on disc 4 of their 2000 compilation Selected Works: 1972-1999. It was also the b-side of the single Best of My Love.
- 1974 Fairport Convention singer Iain Matthews, on the album Some Days You Eat the Bear
- 1975 Eric Andersen on the album Be True To You
- 1980 Richie Havens on the album "Connections"
- 1994 Sarah McLachlan on The Freedom Sessions
- 1999 Acda en De Munnik on the 1999 bonus album Live in de orangerie
- 1999 K's Choice on the enhanced CD Extra Cocoon - All Access
- 2009 Sass Jordan on the album From Dusk 'Til Dawn
- 2010 Gov't Mule covered "Ol' 55" for the first time on July 18, 2010 in Charlotte, NC as an encore performed with Jackie Greene.
- 2012 Nick & Simon on the album Sterker (Deluxe/ DVD Wisseloord Sessies)
- 2015 Owen Campbell on the album In the Shadow of the Greats
- 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.
- Hoskyns, Barney (2011). Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits. p. 120. ISBN 0571261248.
- Maher, Paul Jr (2011). Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters. p. 50. ISBN 1569769273.
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