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Happy Music Monday! This country was founded on one thing: interstate trucking. Possibly because of a little time travel, since trucks didn't exist in 1776. Whatever. Today Scott's gonna celebrate the glory of the truck and the magic of the trucker song.

Soul Dog - Soul Dog

 

True story: I found a 45 of this song in a dollar bin at a record fair and it blew my mind. Clearly an attempt at a blaxploitation version of the great "Convoy" (which you'll be hearing right after the jump) and yet, this song is so much more. It's funky, and happy, and tells that Robin Hood-style story of a man fighting for his right to not be hassled by "The Man." Also, it's hard to find online. Tracking down this version took me forever.

Load up and hit the road and we'll see you after the jump, good buddy.

C.W. McCall - Convoy

 

I'm not willing to give this song 100% of the credit for creating the current generation of truck drivers, but I'll certainly give it, oh, 75%. Somehow this weird little novelty hit spawned a weird love of citizen's band radio, a Sam Peckinpah movie, and possibly contributed to the country music revival in the late 1970s. Not to mention Smokey & The Bandit and maybe even Big Trouble In Little China and popularizing the word "chopper." Just goes to show what one trucker can do when he puts his mind to it.

Jerry Reed - East Bound And Down

 

Yes, it's sort of a Convoy clone, but it's also a perfectly good song from a talented guy. A guy who clearly was willing to work with the scriptwriters, since there's another version for the opposite direction. See? That's why truckers are so great. They always plan for the return trip.

Red Sovine - Teddy Bear

 

Your heart will grow six sizes after hearing this touching story of a sick little boy and his only friend, a CB Radio. Reaching out to a friendly trucker who probably should be paying more attention to the road, the young boy unlocks a magical surprise- which we don't dare spoil! Just know that, when you listen, you'll hear the line "Well, I came back and I said before you go 10-10/What's your home 20, little CB friend?" and you'll never hear anything better than that.

Harry Chapin - 30,000 Pounds Of Bananas

 

Look, the man did more than just "Cat's In The Cradle" you know. This song also is based on a true story of possibly the worst banana disaster in American history. And, wouldn't you know it? Bananas are hauled… by truck.

Take a pit stop and visit our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia pages and are here under fair use.

chicken0102


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"Phantom 309" by Red Sovine

Zeusandhera


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Or how about this non-classic, Weird Al's Truck Driving Song.

CowboyDann


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Jeeze Louise, who left this plate of fresh cut onions out here? That Teddy Bear Song was fantastic.

I figure this topic might be a pretty tough one for some people so I'll only post two songs without thinking too hard to dig up more.
Edit: Seems to be not a problem at all so maybe i'll try to dig up a few more in an hour.
Cledus Maggard - Cledus's C.B. Lingo Dictionary

Here is your introduction on how to get use your new C.B. radio

Modest Mouse - Trucker's Atlas

olcubmaster


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One need not look further than Lowell George's time with Little Feat for a pair

The soulfull Willin'


and Feets Don't Fail Me Now


And not to leave out the Commander and his Airmen

Sugar 'em up and send 'em home

dougall


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Yello - The Lorry




Edited to Add:-

"I say, Fabersham. Looks likes the Americans have got themselves another bloody Convoy. "
CW McCall - Round the world with the Rubber Duck

mossygreen


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Can't think of a trucking song right now, but wish to express my appreciation of the Convoy poster. Except for Ali MacGraw's perm.

I will go only slightly off-topic with a driving song, which I have posted before, probably with less justification:
Wiseblood, Motorslug

ForbzyT


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How about a song about a song about a "Truck Drivin' Man"? Popularized by Buck Owens, but I like the New Riders of the Purple Sage version.



Edited to add --

My first thought was Truckin' by the Greatful Dead, but it seemed so obvious so I didn't look it up. But, maybe not...

Woodpecker


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Probably not what you were going for but my first thought:

LarryLars


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mossygreen wrote:... I will go only slightly off-topic with a driving song, which I have posted before, ...


I'm gonna recycle too ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive - "Roll On Down The Highway"


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CatCK


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Every so often the windshield wipers really do keep perfect rhythm with the song on the radio-o.

CatCK


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A deep cut from The Grass Roots, "Truck Drivin' Man"

SESteve


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This song about a Truck Drivin' Man by the Pajama Slave Dancers is all sorts of wrong, but memorable. I remember it from when I was a college DJ at KUSF in 1988/89.

Oh, yeah: NSFW.

SESteve


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Another take on the genre is Rabid Child by They Might Be Giants.

"If you pass the rabid child say 'Hammer Down' for me."

hot72chev


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I submit Willie Nelson "On the Road Again"


And a purty little love song by Kathy Mattea "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses"


Finally, a little comedy by Heywood Banks "18 Wheels on a Big Rig"

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hot72chev


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Almost forgot Dave Dudley (although Sawyer Brown did a fairly rockin' version of this also) "Six Days on the Road"

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strawhousepig


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SESteve wrote:the Pajama Slave Dancers


Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time. Security!

j/k! Thanks.

About all I could come up with.
Space Truckin' [complete] - Deep Purple - YouTube

hot72chev


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strawhousepig wrote:Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time. Security!

j/k! Thanks.

About all I could come up with.
Space Truckin' [complete] - Deep Purple - YouTube



Oh! Space Truckin! +1

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dougall


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Because the Wombles never sang anything appropriate (Or at least as far as I know anyway)

Here's something appropriate, from the annals of British kid's TV.

Long Distance Clara... from Pigeon Street.

mossygreen


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I was driving home from the photography class I'm taking and suddenly shouted, "Truck On Tyke, damn it!"

T. Rex, Truck On Tyke

mossygreen


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dougall wrote:Because the Wombles never sang anything appropriate (Or at least as far as I know anyway)


It's strange, isn't it? Like, the one genre Mike Batt missed. Surely Tobermory had a ham radio setup to communicate with the MacWomble, at least....

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