I've Been Everywhere

Album: The Essential Hank Snow (1962)
Charted: 68
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Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the Australian songwriter and country singer Geoff Mack, and recorded in 1962 by the Australian singer Leslie Morrison, who used the stage name Lucky Starr. The original version was a list of Australian destinations, including Wallangarra, Billabong, Darwin and Woolloomooloo. Later in 1962, Mack re-wrote the lyrics with places in America (using a map to determine place names), and country singer Hank Snow took it to the top of the Country charts. Snow was originally from Canada, but was known for traveling, which is often what he sang about.
  • Johnny Cash recorded a popular version of this song that was used in commercials for Comfort Inn and also in the 2004 remake of the movie Flight Of The Phoenix. Other artists to record the song include Rolf Harris, Lynn Anderson, Willie Nelson and The Statler Brothers.
  • This was used on an episode of The Simpsons where Homer buys an RV.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 23rd 1962, "I've Been Everywhere" by Hank Snow entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; the following week it fell off the chart, then the week after it re-entered the chart at #89; and on November 11th, 1962 it peaked at #68 {for 1 week} and spent a grand total of 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on October 28th, 1962 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart; it was preceded and then succeeded at #1 by "Mama Sang A Song" by Bill Anderson...
    Hank Snow had one other Top 100 record, "Rockin', Rollin' Ocean", it reached #87 in 1960, but between 1949 and 1967 he had seventy-three records make the Billboard Country Singles chart, with six of them reaching #1...
    Clarence Eugene 'Hank' Snow, The Singing Ranger, passed away on December 20th, 1999 at the age of 85...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Alan from Sault Ste. Marie, OnNames a small town near North Bay Ontario on Highway 17 called Mattawa. Might be 1,000 people living there.
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