I did my five traveling songs for Monday’s Music Moves Me, and Kip commented “You left some obvious ones for me to pick!” And he was right, and that was my intention, because I wanted to make sure there were enough songs to go around for eveeryone. Anyway, ya’ll came up with eleven songs (I had to guess at one that Mark had left).
Ricky Nelson, “Travelin’ Man” Kip and Janet both named this one. From his 1961 album Rick Is 21, it reached #1 that year.
Willie Nelson, “On The Road Again” Another Kip suggestion, which Cathy seconded. Classic Willie from 1980, when it reached #1 on the Country chart, #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #20 on the Hot 100.
Johnny Cash, “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” Kip’s third suggestion is from The Man In Black, circa 1996. This was used as the backing music in commercials for a hotel chain, but I forget which.
John Denver, “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane” Cathy suggested this one, and Calen suggested the Peter, Paul & Mary cover. He wrote it in 1966 and named it “Babe, I Hate To Go.” Milt Okun suggested he change the name, and the rest, they say, is history.
The Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin’ Man” Arlee came up with this one. From the 1972 album Brothers & Sisters, written and sung by Dickie Betts. Capricorn Records couldn’t decide whether to release this or “Wasted Words” as the first single, so they sent a tape of this to stations in Boston (WRKO) and Atlanta (WQXI), and the reaction was so good they chose this one, which went as high as #2 on the Hot 100 because Cher’s “Half Breed” claimed the #1 spot.
Led Zeppelin, “Ramble On” Another Arlee choice, from Led Zeppelin’s second album, the appropriately-named Led Zeppelin II from 1969.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Travelin’ Band” Mary suggested this one, from 1970’s Cosmo’s Factory. It reached #2 on the Pop Singles chart that year.
Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride” Jeanne thought of this one. It was on Steppenwolf’s second album, 1968’s The Second. (Bet you didn’t see that coming, did you?) It peaked at #3 that year.
Metallica, “Wherever I May Roam” Another Jeanne suggestion. This was the fourth single from Metallica’s eponymous fifth album and reached #82 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Album Tracks chart in 1992.
The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride” Joey came up with this, and I didn’t hold much hope of finding a copy on YouTube, but evidently the UMG gremlins missed this one and didn’t manage to get it removed or have the person who posted it taken out and shot. From their 1964 Help! album, this was #1 on the Hot 100 that year.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Travelin’ Man” Not sure if this is the song Mark was talking about when he posted the lyrics in the comment, but it seemed the most likely candidate. From their twentieth album (guess what it was called?) it reached #22 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1997.
Thanks to all who made suggestions! That’s The Friday Five for April 28, 2017.