"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."
“Jean is Jean, not Linda; she’d rather be in Tucson.” Tucson Citizen. Old Pueblo section. March 22, 1979. Page 7