“This is one of my favorite songs. I was Mason Williams’ drummer during this time, but I had to be in England for some work, so for this song he used Jim Gordon. What can you say? Jim did a phenomenal job.
“In fact, I’ve played this song a million times with Mason live, and I’ve never changed it. I like what Jim did on it, so that’s what I would play. There’s powerhouse drumming on the track, but it’s all in the right place at the right time. It’s supposed to be classical, but then it switches to rock 'n' roll, and Jim is right there, all the time just playing beautifully. One of the licks, the ‘ba-da-da-da-da-dahh!’ bit, has become almost a standard in the drum world.
“Jim was such a very talented guy who, unfortunately, got into drugs. I used to get a lot of work for him, which I was happy to do because he was terrific. He went to England and played with a bunch of guys, and he came back a junkie. It was very sad.”