Radio Feedback: Sheryl Crow ‘Leaves Las Vegas’ From a Rental Car in Beverly Hills
Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
Back in 1993, a woman who’d been Michael Jackson‘s back-up singer finally released her first album. But Sheryl Crow’s Tuesday Night Music Club, named for the gathering of Los Angeles musicians with whom she wrote seven tracks on the album, wouldn’t see a successful U.S. single until 1994 when “Leaving Las Vegas” started garnering radio and video spins. The song would become her breakout hit, followed by more successful singles “All I Wanna Do” and “Strong Enough.”
When Crow finally heard herself on the radio for the first time, she was in a very successful place. Literally.
“The first time I heard myself on the radio, I was in a rented car because my car had broken down,” Crow told Radio.com. “I had an old Corvair and it wasn’t working. I rented a little convertible Volkswagen for the week while it got worked on. I was driving through Beverly Hills of all places and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ came on the radio. It was just such a California experience: beautiful weather, top down [and] my song came on the radio.”