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The Coasters – Along Came Jones (1959)

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Along Came Jones” is a comedic song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by The Coasters, but covered by many other groups and individuals.

Told from the perspective of a person watching television, the song tells of the interaction between a gunslinger stock villain, “Salty Sam,” and a ranch owner, “Sweet Sue,” on an unnamed television show.

The TV show features various damsel in distress scenarios, whereby Sam abducts Sue and places her in peril, intended to force her to give him the deed to her ranch – or face a gruesome death.

The song was inspired in part by the 1945 Gary Cooper film Along Came Jones, a Western comedy in which “long, lean, lanky” Cooper mercilessly lampoons his “slow-walkin’, slow-talkin'” screen persona; songwriter Mike Stoller studied composition with Arthur Lange, who composed the score for the film.

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