Song of the Day: The Ides of March, “L. A. Goodbye”

The unofficial "theme" for the last couple of days has been songs that mention Los Angeles (more exacly LA) in the lyrics. I woke up this morning (I’m writing this in advance, which you probably knew, because this was posted at 3 AM Eastern time and, if all goes well, I’m asleep right now) and remembered another LA song, this by a band from the Chicago area.

The Ides of March, from the western suburb of Berwyn, Illinois, had one huge hit in the US, "Vehicle", which reached #2 in the US and #3 in Canada in 1970. Jim Peterik wrote "Vehicle" and its followup, "L. A. Goodbye," which only reached #73 nationally but #2 on WCFL and #5 on WLS (both Chicago Top 40 stations at the time). The band took an extended hiatus from 1973 to 1990, during which time Peterik founded the band Survivor, co-writing all of their hits, and collaborated on songs such as "Hold on Loosely" by .38 Special. The band reunited in 1990 and has been touring and recording ever since.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Ides of March, “L. A. Goodbye”

  1. OMG they are definitely one of my fav’s!!! I did a blog on getting kissed by Jim Peters. Me and the husband are groupies of this band when they go on their summer tour at the local parks. So much fun 😉 Have a great day, my Chicago friend ❤


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