Billy The Mountain

After they had learned the script of "Billy The Mountain", Flo & Eddie (and Jim Pons!) were encouraged to improvise, inserting local references into their spoken lines. The following table shows some of the more interesting variations among performances of "Billy The Mountain". If you can decipher any of the lines that I couldn't, please let me know.

The version of "Billy The Mountain" that appears on Just Another Band From L.A. is heavily edited from the 8/7/71 Los Angeles performance. The solos have been omitted, as have all mentions of the name "George Putnam". The 8/7/71 Los Angeles column in the following table is based on the unedited audience tape.

On the other hand, no audience tape of the 6/71 Fillmore East performance is in circulation. So the 6/5-6/71 New York column is based on Playground Psychotics, which may or may not be edited.

A third official release appears on Carnegie Hall: the performance from 10/11/71 (late) New York, unedited.

Date 5/18/71 Claremont 5/21/71 Chicago 5/22/71 Delaware 5/23/71 Columbus 6/5-6/71 New York [PP] 8/7/71 Los Angeles [JABFLA] 10/6/71 Boston 10/11/71 New York [CH] 10/13/71 Toronto 10/16/71 (late) Stony Brook 10/23/71 (late) Kansas City 11/24/71 Berlin 11/27/71 Rotterdam 11/28/71 (late) Frankfurt
"Low Budget" intro yes yes yes yes yes no no no no no no [not on tape] no no
Take it away, George Putnam George Putnam George Putnam George Putnam George Putnam George Putnam George Pontoon George Pontoon George Pontoon George Pontoon Pierce Foreskin [not on tape] George Pontoon George Pontoon
Word just in to the KTTV news service KTTV news service KTTV news service KTTV news service KTTV news service KTTV news service WBZ news service NEW nurz service CHUM news service WOR news service [not on tape] [not on tape] AVRO radio Armed Forces Radio
as part of a San Joaquin Valley smut ring San Joaquin Valley smut ring San Joaquin Valley smut ring San Joaquin Valley smut ring San Joaquin Valley smut ring San Joaquin Valley smut ring Massachusetts smut ring Staten Island smut ring sex circus in Winnipeg Manhattan Island smut ring [not on tape] [not on tape] Alkmaar cheese-smuggling ring Rotterdam smut ring
a recent narcotics crackdown in Torrance, Hawthorne, and Lomita Torrance, Hawthorne, and Lomita Torrance, Hawthorne, and Lomita Torrance, Hawthorne, and Lomita Torrance, Hawthorne, and Lomita Torrance, Hawthorne, Lomita, Westchester, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Tujunga, Sunland, San Fernando, Pacoima, Sylmar, Newhall, Canoga Park, Palmdale, Glendale, Irwindale, Rolling Hills, Granada Hills, Shadow Hills, Cheviot Hills Cambridge, Framingham, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Somerville, Westrock Hills? and as far north as South Boston Philadelphia, Kansas City, Denver, Indianapolis, Queens, the Bronx, and other important cities in New York State Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Manitoba, Montreal, Quebec, and as far out of it as St. Johns, Newfoundland the Bronx, Queens, Boston, Cambridge, Seconk, Saskatoon, and as near as Billy Mundi's house ...Manhattan, and as near as that sophisticated city across the bridge [not on tape] Amsterdam, Delft, Scheveningen, ??, the tiny town of Madurodam, and several others this reporter can't begin to pronounce Luxemburg, Wittenburg, Nuremburg, Diesenburg, Duesenburg, and in the nearby town of Limburg
provide the secret evidence ___ has needed the Palmdale Grand Jury the Palmdale Grand Jury the Palmdale Grand Jury the Palmdale Grand Jury Palmdale Grand Jury the Palmdale Grand Jury Governor Sargent Mayor Lindsay Prime Minister Trudeau Governor Rockefeller Governor Hearn [not on tape] Queen Juliana [not on tape]
and avert a crippling strike of bartenders and vet'inarians bartenders and vet'inarians bartenders and vet'inarians bartenders and vet'inarians bartenders and vet'inarians bartenders and vet'inarians pre-potted bakeries and baked bean farmers high school teachers and taxi drivers glass blowers and pig butchers cafeteria workers and homosexual science majors finally enable the meeting between the Vietnamese representatives and Mayor Wheeler to come to pass [not on tape] dike-pluggers and hotel chambermaids [not on tape]
throughout the Inland Empire the Inland Empire the Inland Empire the Inland Empire the Inland Empire the Inland Empire New England the Empire State Ontario the entire campus in Paris [not on tape] the Netherlands [not on tape]
an informed Orange County minister Orange County minister Orange County minister Orange County minister Orange County minister Norfolk County minister Lutheran minister in Pontiac, Michigan Presbyterian minister in New York City Emperor Haile Selassie St. Louis minister [not on tape] desk correspondent, Jip Golsteijn the endowed correspondent from Hamburg, Florentine Papp
he looked like Marshall Brevitz Iggy Stooge Marshall Brevitz Marshall Brevitz Felix Pappalardi Zubin Mehta Tom Rush Iggy Stooge [not on tape] Felix Pappalardi James Arness [not on tape] Heintje Frank Chop???
Tibetan Memory Trick no no no no no no yes yes yes yes yes [not on tape] yes yes
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes no no no no no Joni Mitchell, Elliot Roberts, Crosby, Neil Young Joni Mitchell, ?, Crosby, Carole King, Moody Blues, ? Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, David Crosby, McGuinn David Crosby, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, McGuinn Joni Mitchell, Asshole? King, James Taylor, David Crosby, McGuinn, Elliot Roberts Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, David Crosby, ?, ? [not on tape] David Crosby, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni, David Crosby, ??, Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell, ???, Carole King, David Crosby
he ran around the back of the May Company the nearest Montgomery Ward the K-Mart the K-Mart Gimbel's Broadway at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine any nearest Sears the nearest A & P the nearest A&P market the nearest Safeway nearest Mayfair or A&P Market [not on tape] the nearest market the nearest PX
after which he hit up Ralphs Market the nearest Safeway store Ralphs Market or the nearest thing to it the A&P Gristede's the Ralphs on Sunset the local Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. the nearest Gristede's yes, and in that very same store, secured the presence he went into the city and hit up Gristede's the nearest Safeway store [not on tape] that very supermart the local supermarkt
solos Harris
Underwood (sax)
FZ
Underwood (sax)
Harris
FZ
Harris
FZ
Harris
Underwood (sax)
FZ
Harris
Preston?
Preston
Underwood (sax)
FZ
FZ Preston, Underwood (sax), Dunbar, FZ FZ Preston
Underwood (synth)
FZ
Preston
Underwood (synth)
FZ
[start of tape]
Underwood (sax)
FZ
Preston
Underwood (sax)
Dunbar
FZ
Preston
Underwood (sax)
[end of tape]
miscellaneous Hoch's speech first. ends after solos. Ronnie Cook. ends after solos. Ronnie Cook. no Hoch's speech. starts at beginning; ends after solos. Ronnie Cook. Hoch's speech first. ends after solos. "Tambourine Man". Ronnie Cook. large El Dorado Cadillac leased from Bob Spreen (where the freeways meet in Downey). right near the Jack-In-The-Box on Glenoaks. not Chief Reddin. Dudley Do-Right wristwatch. Eddie, are you kidding? closed the squeakin' door. swash-buckling flies. L. Ron Hubbard scientology seventeen-hundred-dollars-to-clear type voice. don't putz around. Ethell--and Alice [Cooper]'s snake--said they weren't going to let him go. rumors appeared in Screw. "Joy To The World", "One", "Liar". "Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins". on the head of a pizza. "Joy To The World". "One". "Sweet Leilani"? (old birds). Jeff Simmons and his wife Brena. many mentions of Brena. published recently in Crawdaddy. "One". very, very clear, L. Ron Hubbard-like voice. foreign aid. published recently in De Telegraaf. "One". If they think they're gonna draft me, they are Nuts. she also practices Hexerei.

Thanks to Hanzo, Aad Hoogesteger, Jeroen Janssens, and Charles Pater for help with Rotterdam, and to Chris West for Chicago.


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