Did I Ever Have Fun in Tiburon
Music by Claudio Medeiros - Lyrics by Houston Lionel Levers
Claudio Medeiros Orchestra with Lionel Houston (vocal)
Houston L. Levers lived in the Reedlands in Tiburon in the 1960’s and 70’s and was a public relations executive in San Francisco. In a personal effort to draw tourists to Tiburon, he wrote the lyrics for the song sometime in 1975 or 76. He brought the song to Claudio Medeiros, a Bay Area composer, arranger, pianist and vocalist. The two had met when Claudio had a regular gig at the Velvet Turtle in San Rafael.
Claudio wrote the music for the song and produced the record at a studio in San Anselmo in early 1976 (including arranging and playing piano). Houston decided that he wanted to sing the song even though he hadn’t sung before (going by the name Lionel Houston). Claudio worked very hard with Houston on the phrasing to get him to sing in tune.
The record was pressed as a 45 rpm single in about June 1976, in time for the Belvedere-Tiburon celebration of the American bicentennial. The number of copies pressed is unknown and there does not seem to be any reference to the song in newspaper coverage of the celebrations that took place in July.
The Landmarks Archives has acquired 2 copies of the record over the past several years; one included the printed music, handwritten by Claudio. The back of the music has the emblem for the bicentennial and “(originated for The Mood, Main Street, Tiburon)” this refers to a store at 21 Main St. at the time. The owner of the store, Ann Stock was Houston’s girlfriend.