On this date in 2006, the movie “Cars” was released. Since we have had so much fun recently with old cars and car music, I thought we would continue with our cars theme for today’s Music on Mondays.
Our last cars-themed Music on Mondays ended with 1957, so let us continue with 1958. All of these songs are, of course, in my music collection.
“Hop In My Jalop”
Chuck Alaimo Quartet
“Let’s Go For A Ride”
A couple of years ago I was going through Joel Whitburn’s “Top Pop Singles” looking for the title of singles that I used to have on vinyl but had not been able to find on CD or in digital downloads. That’s when I discovered Jan & Dean’s older music; you’re probably familiar with three of their hits: #1 “Surf City,” #3 The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena), and #8 Dead Man’s Curve. Dean was drafted into the Army in 1957, and while he was gone, Jan teamed up with Arnie to continue the surf rock sound that Jan & Dean eventually would become quite famous for. Here’s Jan & Arnie:
Jan & Arnie
“The Ballad Of Thunder Road”
Robert Mitchum (yes, the movie star)
When I graduated from high school in 1973, two friends and I spent the summer touring the United States west of the Mississippi River. We made it to every national forest, every national monument, and every national park, as well as every city with a population of 100,000 or more. Sometimes we just drove through to say that we had been there.
Larry, who had just bought the 1973 Buick Apollo that we went in, had grandparents in Sacramento, California (we lived in far south Texas, in Kingsville). We stopped to spend the night with his grandparents, and his granddad started comparing his 1954 Nash Rambler with Larry’s 1973 Buick Apollo (with a 400 ci engine). Granddad took us for a ride in his Nash Rambler, which had been slightly modified to include an 8-track tape player. The tape we listened to comprised nothing but car songs, many of them classics now. One of them was “Beep Beep” by The Playmates, which tells of a “little Nash Rambler” keeping up with a Cadillac. Oh, the disgrace for that poor Cadillac.
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