The Houston 100: The Best Bayou City Songs Ever
Thus, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the 13th Floor Elevators would qualify – even though the band’s members were from Austin and Port Aransas, and that particular song was recorded in Dallas, the band’s label was located here. Likewise, anything that came out on Duke-Peacock qualifies, so long as it came out after the label’ s offices moved from Memphis to Houston.
Ray Charles likewise does not qualify, even though he lived here a few years in the ‘50s. Charles treated Houston more as a base of operations during a period of heavy touring than as a true hometown. So he’s out, unless he’s singing one of Percy Mayfield’s songs…
I’ve cobbled together a tentative list but am very open to suggestions. We want this to be definitive – as far as I know, this has never been done before. So please send in your suggestions in the comments. – John Nova Lomax