Monday, October 10, 2011

Gary P. Nunn

Even London Bridge 
Has fallen down
And moved to Arizona
From his song, "London Homesick Blues," which was the last track on Jerry Jeff Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band's 1973 album, Viva Terlingua!

Before he hooked up with Walker, Nunn had been a pharmacy major at the University of Texas at Austin.  That may have been as important a reason for his invitation to join the band as his musical skills.  

When I was a law student in Boston, listening to this song would virtually paralyze me with homesickness for Texas (although Texas wasn't really my home).  Boston's not London, of course, but they are just about equally foreign to Texans. 

London Bridge, which was built to span the River Thames in 1831, was dismantled in 1967 and moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  It opened to traffic on this date in 1971.

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