A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 03, 2017
“Too dumb for New York City, too ugly for L.A.”

"Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A.” is a 1992 song by American singer and songwriter Waylon Jennings (1937-2002). The title of the song has had popularity as a catchphrase, although it hasn’t been trademarked.

“Too Dumb for New York, Too Ugly for L.A.” has been printed on many articles of clothing, with T-shirts made as early as June 1992.


Wikipedia: Waylon Jennings
Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈweɪlən ˈdʒɛnɪŋz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor.

Wikipedia: Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A.
Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A. is an album by Waylon Jennings, released on Epic Records in 1992. It was Jennings’ third and final album on the label – the previous two being The Eagle (1990) and Clean Shirt (1991), a split album with Willie Nelson – and marked the end of his days of being signed to a major imprint. “Just Talkin’” and the title track were released as singles, but failed to chart; the record itself was a commercial disappointment as well, reaching #70 on the country charts. The short liner notes, expressing thanks to several individuals, were written by the singer himself.

Track listing
“Just Talkin’” (Jennings) – 3:26
“Silent Partners” (Bobby Braddock) – 2:51
“Didn’t We Shine” (Don Schlitz, Jesse Winchester) – 3:44
“Too Dumb for New York City” (Jennings, Basil McDavid) – 2:57

Los Angeles (CA) Times
POP MUSIC REVIEW : Waylon Shows There’s Still Some Life in Tamed Outlaw : The country legend’s Crazy Horse set is relaxed, human-scaled and very personable but stretches out in several directions.
March 04, 1992|JIM WASHBURN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
(...)
The newest song in the set, due on an album this year, reminds us that there is a country between the coasts:

I’ve been from sea to shining sea
and from coast to coast.
Somewhere in the middle
is the land I love the most.
I ain’t California pretty, I can’t survive the Great White Way,
I’m too dumb for New York City and too ugly for L.A.


9 June 1992, San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, “Ever the outlaw, Waylon pulls a fast one” by Robert J. Hawkins, pg. C-4:
... even buy a T-shirt with “Too Dumb For New York City, Too Ugly for L.A.” printed ...

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I ain’t California pretty, I can’t survive the Great White way, I’m too dumb for New York City and too ugly for L.A.
12:34 PM - 24 Nov 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 • Permalink