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, this song was originally written by Charlie Ryan. It was first recorded and released by Charlie Ryan and The Livingston Brothers in 1955. It tells the second half of the story started by the song Hot Rod Race
, recorded in 1951 by Arkie Shibley and his Mountain Dew Boys, as referenced by the opening: "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." While the song tells of a race between a Lincoln and a Cadillac on the Grapevine grade in California, the actual location was on the Lewiston grade in Idaho.
The most iconic line from the song is: "Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin' if you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln!"
Was there really a "hot-rod Lincoln?" Yes and no. Actually, it was a rebuilt car with the body of a Model "A" coupe set into the frame of a 1941 Lincoln, along with a "hopped-up" Lincoln engine block. However, at the time of this song's writing, Ryan built a second car, this time with a chop-shop melding of a 1930 Model "A" Ford coupe and a wrecked 1948 Lincoln. It is this second restored car with which has Ryan toured.
Both the songs "Hot Rod Lincoln" and "Hot Rod Race" are defining anthems of the hot rod community and 1950s car song culture. "Hot Rod Lincoln" has appeared in the soundtracks to The Beverley Hillbillies and MTV's Beavis and Butthead.
This was the only hit for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, who were a County-Rock group formed at the University of Michigan. Commander Cody is lead singer and piano player George Frayne.
Chris Squire of Yes
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"
A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.
Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?