Post by Michael Capasse on Jun 27, 2020 19:20:25 GMT -5
Hot Rod Race | Arkie Shibley
A unique genre of racing songs began in late 1950 with a Country song written by George Wilson. "Hot Rod Race" by "Arkie Shibley and the Mountain Dew Boys", was the story of a drag race out of San Pedro CA, between a Ford and a Mercury that stay neck and neck until both are overtaken by a Hot Rod Model A.
It peaked at number 5 in 1951, and stayed on the country charts for seven weeks. However, there was a problem in the second verse that east coast radio stations wouldn't play it. "Now along about the middle of the night, We were ripping along like white folks might." Other immediate covers of the song changed that to "rich folks" "poor folks" or "plain folks"
Some have called this the first rock and roll song, and although it has some of that element, there is not that bass line swing of "Rocket 88", or early Fats Domino like, "The Fat Man." Thin, with a cheap sounding production, minus a bass and drum that are needed to round out the bottom. It is the country side, not the rhythm and blues end of this new jumpin' music.
Shibley followed up with four other versions, all with the same talking vocal and boogie style guitar.
Post by Michael Capasse on Jun 27, 2020 19:20:55 GMT -5
Hot Rod Lincoln | Charlie Ryan Released 1955 - re recorded 1959
Charlie Ryan was born in Graceville, Minnesota, in Dec. 1915. He grew up in Poison, Montana and moved to Spokane WA, when he was 28. Ryan was a US Army soldier in the Korean War, and worked as a musician and songwriter after the conflict. Touring with such artists as Jimmy Reeves, and Johnny Horton, Ryan learned the ropes of the music business.
In 1955 he hit with "Hot Rod Lincoln" a continuation of the story of the "Hot Rod Race" by Arkie Shibley. That song was about a race between a Ford and a Mercury then overtaken by a Hot Rod Model A. Ryan's new song tells a story from that 3rd driver's point of view,
"Have you heard this story of the Hot Rod race, when Fords and Lincolns was settin' the pace That story is true, I'm here to say, I was drivin' that Model A"
He pulls out of San Pedro and heads towards Grapevine Hill, a Cadillac passes him by, and the race is on. First released on Souvenir Records under the name "Charley Ryan and The Livingston Bros", when it failed to chart, Charlie went back in '59 and recorded it again, this time for Star Records. The revised recording under a new name, "Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders", improved the production. It charted (no. 23) in August 1960, after another version hit the country charts that same month, by Johnny Bond.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Car
Charlie was an avid Hot Rod racer and actually built the car he wrote about from a 1948 12-cylinder Lincoln chassis, with a Ford Model A body fitted to it. The picture above is the "Hot Rod Lincoln" Below is a link to some other pictures inside the car. The fully restored classic sold at auction in 2013, for $97,000
Post by Michael Capasse on Jun 27, 2020 19:21:25 GMT -5
Hot Rod Lincoln | Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen Released 1972
George Frayne, also known as Commander Cody, was born in July 1944, in Boise Idaho. Frayne learned piano while still in school, and developed a love for the boogie woogie style
In 1967 he moved to Ann Arbour, Michigan, and formed "Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen". Frayne took the name from a character in a science fiction serial called "King of the Rocketmen" Assigning the commander's moniker to himself, the group got some local attention before moving to San Francisco.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Hot Rod Lincoln
Cody begins the song with that last line warning, and the guitar kicks off clean and sharp. The production is tight with Foley-like sound effects punching in along the way. The car horn - the driving riff, he shoved it down into overdrive, The speedometer rising, sideswipe a truck, Then she starts a-knockin, and the cops wail in at the end. This definitive version song peaked at Billboard Number 9.