Monday’s Music Moves Me: Vehicles!

I don’t know if Xmas Dolly realized this, but we were given two assignments for today: a freebie and songs about vehicles. No problem: here are twelve songs about vehicles, but I wasn’t too fanatical about it, giving the air of a freebie.

  1. Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride” You are probably flying without a vehicle here, but let’s just go with it…
  2. The Fifth Dimension, “Up, Up and Away” A little Catholic humor: I had a priest friend who told me that, one Ascension Thursday, this was the entrance song.
  3. The Ides of March, “Vehicle” The pride of Berwyn, Illinois, Jim Peterik and The Ides of March were big in the Chicago area, where they had two top 40 singles, but only really had the one, this song, nationally.
  4. Harry Chapin, “Taxi” The master of the story song with his first hit single. When I first heard it in ’72, I just knew I needed some Harry Chapin in my collection.
  5. Blue Öyster Cult, “Born To Be Wild” Already used Steppenwolf, so I thought I’d use one of the better covers of this tune.
  6. Steve Goodman, “City Of New Orleans” Arlo Guthrie had the hit with this, and it’s been covered multiple times, but the best is the original, by the late, great Steve Goodman.
  7. Kathy Mattea, “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses” I don’t listen to a lot of country, but this is a beautiful tune by the beautiful Ms. Mattea about a trucker who’s headed home to stay after thirty years on the road.
  8. James Cotton, “Rocket 88” Former Muddy Waters harmonicist James Cotton gives us this one about his souped-up Delta 88. They don’t make Delta 88’a, or any Oldsmobiles for that matter, any more.
  9. Little Walter, “Flying Saucer” From another former Muddy Waters sidekick, this is a rather cool instrumental piece. I can’t tell if Walter is switching back and forth from diatonic to chromatic harmonica in this or if it’s just the really cool effects they added to this one, but I think you’ll agree, it rocks pretty hard.
  10. The Hollies, “Bus Stop” Their first Top 10 single in the US, it peaked at #5. They do some remarkable harmonies, don’t they?
  11. Steve Miller Band, “Jet Airliner” I would have stopped at ten, then I thought of this, from Steve’s 1977 Book of Dreams LP. A staple of classic rock radio stations, I could count on hearing it at least once a day on the local one.
  12. Jerry Reed, “Eastbound and Down” From the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, sung and played (that’s his guitar solo in the middle) by Jerry Reed, who drove an eighteen-wheeler in the movie. Or at least it looked that way.

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 23, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Vehicles!

    1. I thought of many more, but avoided songs with cars because we did those already and forced myself to stop at twelve. I build playlists in my head to help me get to sleep at night…

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  1. As always, a great, comprehensive list. I did not know the history of the song City of New Orleans; I did not know that the TV show Good Morning America was named after it, or some of the other songs Steve Goodman wrote (including Cheeseburger in Paradise) before his untimely death.

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    1. That’s a great song, isn’t it? It came out when I was in eighth grade and everyone I knew liked it. It got played all the time because the Ides were a Chicago-area band, but we didn’t care.

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  2. John,

    You have us traveling all sort of ways – magic carpet, bus, car, plane, rocket, hot air balloon, & semi truck! You did a bang-up job pulling together a fabulous playlist. Some songs I haven’t heard in quite awhile. “East Bound and Down” makes me smile because I always enjoyed watching the “Smokey and the Bandit” flicks. Those were some fun films!

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    1. I just saw the first one. I know there were at least two and probably three. Pretty funny stuff; Jackie Gleason was hilarious as the sheriff. A lot of people see him as a comedian, but he was an excellent actor and pantomimist. He played the title character in “Gigot,” who was a mute janitor. He also wrote the script and the music for it. Very talented guy.

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  3. That was a well constructed list! I loved the first and last songs most. There were a few in there I’d never, ever heard, and then one that seems to be something I’ve only heard as muzak!
    Great list πŸ˜€

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  4. Hey John,
    I love your vehicle journey here! Was great to hear Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” — I hadn’t heard it in awhile. Speaking of Steppenwolf, I didn’t know that BOC did a cover of “Born to Be Wild.” That was a good cover.
    Great Muddy Waters ties with “Rocket 88” and “Flying Saucer” — both new to me. I saw Muddy Waters shortly before he passed at this really cool venue in Niagara Falls called the Imperial Garage. What a show that was!
    I love Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” — that’s another one that is a timeless classic. Beautiful music coupled with a master storyteller makes for a perfect song.
    “East Bound and Down” is such a fun jammin’ song! I remember that movie…The first one was of course the best. Did you know that Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest grossing film of 1977, right behind Star Wars?! What a ‘knock it out of the park’ home run for the director’s first film! (Hal Needham, he was a stuntman).
    I think my favorite song here is the new-to-me “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”. Never heard the song and never heard of Kathy Mattea. What a nice song! Thanks for turning me onto it.

    Great playlist here John. Have a fabulous week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Muddy Waters was a classic. He kept that last band together from the ’70’s until he died, and they’ve stayed together. His last harmonica player, Jerry Portnoy, learned by listening to Little Walter and James Cotton.

      Smokey and the Bandit was a great movie, period. I love the scene early in the movie where Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) pulls two guys in a car over, makes them get out of the car, and kicks both of them in the rear end, then says, “that was just to get your attention.” There were just too many funny scenes in that movie. And there was the music provided by Jerry Reed, CGP. I used to think he just sang funny songs, but he was one hell of a guitar player. He and Chet Atkins were great friends. The albums with the two of them are some of my favorites.

      I love that Kathy Mattea song, and the video that goes along with it is just beautiful. Evidently that actually happened.

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  5. This is a fun list and I love Magic Carpet Ride. The other songs listed are also so fun and some I have forgotten. Going musical, I think β€œOn The Atchison, Topeka and the Sante Fe” works.

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