Redneck Friend

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"Redneck Friend"
Jackson Browne Redneck Friend 1973 French 45 Single Picture Sleeve.jpg
French 7" Picture Sleeve
Single by Jackson Browne
from the album For Everyman
B-side"The Times You've Come"
ReleasedSeptember 1973
Format7"
Recorded1973
GenreRock
Length2:58 DJ single version, 3:56 album version
LabelAsylum Records
Songwriter(s)Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne singles chronology
"Rock Me On the Water"
(1972)
"Redneck Friend"
(1973)
"Take It Easy"
(1973)

"Redneck Friend" (or, alternately, "Red Neck Friend") is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released as the first single from his 1973 album, For Everyman, and notable for its double entendre lyrics and guest appearances by Glenn Frey and Elton John, as well as the first appearance of David Lindley on a Jackson Browne single. The song reached #85 on Billboard's Oct. 20, 1973, Hot 100 chart, spending 10 weeks on that chart after debuting at #99 on September 29, 1973.[1][2][3][4] It was also released as a single in France and Japan, and as a promotional single in the United Kingdom and Germany.[5]

Origin[edit]

William Ruhlmann at Allmusic.com wrote that Browne "unsuccessfully looked for another hit single with the up-tempo" song.[6] The musicians who are credited with playing on the recording are Lindley on slide guitar, Frey on vocal harmony, Jim Keltner on drums, and Doug Haywood on bass. Elton John plays piano on the song, but is credited as "Rockaday Johnnie," supposedly because John was in the United States without a work permit at the time.[7]

At the time of the song's release in 1973, the LP back cover listed the title as "Red Neck Friend," however, the single releases read "Redneck Friend."

Reaction[edit]

For Janet Maslin, reviewing the For Everyman album in 1973 in Rolling Stone, the "glibness gets out of hand" with the song, which, she writes, "sounds like too deliberate an attempt to create a single by someone whose art, even at its most casual, remains too complex for strictly AM audiences."[8] Anthony DeCurtis referred to the song as a "loose-limbed, honky-tonk rave-up."[9]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 85

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard magazine. Jackson Browne Chart History.
  2. ^ Allmusic.com. Jackson Browne Awards.
  3. ^ Wikipedia Jackson Browne Discography.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Seventies. Wisconsin: Record Research, 1990.
  5. ^ Paris, Russ. JACKSON BROWNE COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY. Archived 2010-08-18 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Ruhlmann, William. ALLMUSIC.COM, For Everyman Album Review.
  7. ^ Paris, Russ. Jackson Browne Trivia Quiz. Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet. Rolling Stone, Review of For Everyman, Nov. 22, 1973.
  9. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. Rolling Stone, Review of For Everyman, August 5, 1999.
  10. ^ "Jackson Browne Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.