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Album: White Blood CellsReleased: 2001Charted:
The Hotel Yorba is a real hotel. It is located in a run-down section of Detroit on Lafayette Boulevard, near a bus station. Jack White grew up in Detroit and heard rumors about the hotel when he was growing up.
This was the first UK hit for the White Stripes. Even though they were from America, it they were embraced in England first. At the time, Jack and Meg White, who make up the group, were telling people they were brother and sister. After a while, it was learned that they are not related and were married for a while.
Address of the Hotel Yorba: 4020 Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit.
Jack White performed early versions of this song
with his pre-Stripes band Two Star Tabernacle in 1998 and 1999. That band was comprised of White, Tracee Mae Miller, her husband Dan Miller, and Damian Lang. Tracee is the redhead whom White marries in the video.
The first music video The White Stripes made was for this song. According to Jack White's official site, they tried to film it inside the actual Hotel Yorba without permission, which got him banned from the hotel for life.
According to Jack White, one day he went to visit Meg, who showed him a drum beat that she had made up that morning. Jack wrote a song around the beat, and the song became "Hotel Yorba."
The single version is a live recording done on the sly in room 206 of the Hotel Yorba. The B-side, also recorded in the room, is a cover of Loretta Lynn's "Rated 'X'
." Jack White produced Lynn's 2004 album Van Lear Rose