Song of the Day: Mason Williams, “Classical Gas”

Mason Williams originally called this "Classical Gasoline," but a music copyist shortened it accidentally, and the name stuck. He recorded it for his first album, 1968’s The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, and it reached #2 on the Hot 100 (held out of the #1 spot by The Doors’ "Hello, I Love You"; it went to #1 on the Cash Box survey) and spent three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart. Williams, at the time the head writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, received three Grammys (Best Instrumental Composition, Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Instrumental, and Best Instrumental Arrangement) for the song.

11 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Mason Williams, “Classical Gas”

  1. I bought the 45 of this and just about wore it out. I think ‘gas’ is much more appropriate for the song. Happy mistake!


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