People looking for Tyrone Shoelace are invariably actually looking for those British popsters 'Tyrone Schulace and his Pals'. Tyrone's proud family name, Schulace, is not connected to other people called Tyrone Shoelace as far as he is aware... Tyrone said recently: "While I do not know any Tyrone Shoelace or Tyrone Shoelaces personally, of the many branches of the Schulace family that have settled all over the world, some can probably spell better than others..."
Does not feature Tyrone Schulace at all, but must have been a truly epic studio session. In the song "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" (Cheech and Chong 1973) Cheech Marin adopts the title character Tyrone Shoelaces and tells the story of Shoelaces' love of basketball. Musicians who appeared on the record included George Harrison, Carole King, Billy Preston, and Tom Scott. The Blossoms and Michelle Phillips (from The Mamas & the Papas) performed vocals as cheerleaders on the track.
Some say it was a parody of the song "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness. "Jones" is slang for "craving" or "addiction." A "Love Jones" is when you love someone so much that you can't think of anyone else, so a "Basketball Jones" is when you love basketball so much that you can't think of anything else.
"George Harrison and those guys were in the next studio recording," recalls Cheech "Lou (Adler) just ran over there and played... they made up the track right on the spot." "That was a wild session," Lou Adler recalls. "I probably called Carole (King) and told her to come down, but with Harrison and (Klaus) Voorman - I didn't call and say come in and play. Everyone happened to be in the A&M studios at that particular time, doing different projects. It was spilling out of the studio into the corridors..."
© 2014 Tyrone Schulace and his Pals