Music on Mondays—I wanna be 16 so I can get me a hot rod

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

When I went to the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser on May 3, Jim and I stayed at a hotel in Visalia on Friday night. Early Saturday morning I went for a walk and found a beautiful 1961 Dodge Polara at the end of the hotel parking lot:

1961 Dodge Polara

The Dodge Polara was introduced in 1960 as Dodge’s top-of-the-line, full size car. I will have more about this specific car in an upcoming post because its history is unique.

For today’s Music on Mondays, though, I thought we would enjoy songs about cars. After all, I do live in Southern California where people have an insane love affair with the automobile. Personally, I prefer the trains….

Since there are so many songs about cars, especially from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, we’ll stick with the 1950s today and save the others for future Music on Mondays posts. All of these songs are in my music collection.

“Hot Rod Race,” Ramblin’ Jimmie Dolan, 1950

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“Rocket 88,” Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, 1951
This song is actually Ike Turner’s first recording albeit
attributed to Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats.
Brenston did sing lead on it. “Rocket 88”
also is a contender for “first rock and roll record.”

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“No Money Down,” Chuck Berry & His Combo, 1955

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“Bring My Cadillac Back,” Baker Knight & The Knightmares, 1956

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“Pink Cadillac,” Sammy Masters & His Rocking Rhythm, 1956

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“Transfusion,” Nervous Norvus, 1956

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“You Can’t Catch Me,” Chuck Berry, 1956

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“Hot Rod,” The Collins Kids, 1957

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21 thoughts on “Music on Mondays—I wanna be 16 so I can get me a hot rod

  1. SmallHouseBigGarden

    I’ve been enduring an absolutely dumb tv series on an even dumber channel ( Granite Flats on BYU Channel) strictly to relive the early ’60s. I LOVE the midcentury and “atomic” design of my youth (was born in ’56) and seeing the cars and furniture again on TV is quite a kick.
    Thanks for sharing the Polara and the accompanying tunes! I look forward to reading your deeper post about that Dodge!

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  2. Pit

    Hi Russel,
    We had quite a few fantastic Hot Rods here in Fredericksburg [http://pitsfritztownnews.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/hot-cars-in-fredericksburg/] the last weekend. But the music was more Country & Western.
    Have a great one,
    Pit

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I use Google Translate. It has some problems here and there, but I get the gist of the message.

      “Hi, Thanks for visiting the blog and follow it, you are welcome. I hope you find interesting. Greetings.”

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  3. LAMarcom

    Russel,
    This is just too good for me not to share on my Blog (he said, with a selfish grin).
    Hope you don’t mind if I re-blog.
    Great stuff.
    Upbeat is what I needed just now.
    Thanks, Thanks, and Ever, Thanks.
    –Lance

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  4. agw2536

    Wow, thanks for the memories. I remember rockin’ out to that song so well. My mom was sure I was going straight to hell and hasn’t forgiven me yet!!!!

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