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"Oh I’d Rather be in Tucson”

 There was a song used in 1979 to advertise Tucson to tourists.  The song is "I'd Rather Be in Tucson," performed by Jean Chastain.  You can listen to it at the following link:  http://yourfathersmusic.com/tucsonmusic/tucsonsongs.html (accessed 01/16/2008)
 
The song was written by Earl Wettstein, at that time a local advertising executive.  The first lyrics are:
 
Oh, I'd rather be in Tucson,
It's like no place else on earth,
It's the last remaining Western town,
The city of my birth.
 
The song accompanied a commercial described as follows, "The commercial, with its enticing shots of sunsets, saguaros and swimmers, has been aired in half a dozen of the more frozen cities of the Midwest as a lure for winter visitors."
 
Source:
“Jean is Jean, not Linda; she’d rather be in Tucson.” Tucson Citizen. Old Pueblo section.  March 22, 1979. Page 7

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Last Update: 11-29-2008 9:49am

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