Song of the Day: Bobby Troup, “Route 66”

Musician, singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Troup was born on this day in 1918. In addition to the many songs he composed and recorded, he was Dr. Joe Early on the Jack Webb-produced TV series Emergency! with his wife, the lovely chanteuse Julie London. This is a performance from the Japanese TV series The Julie London Show from 1964.

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Bobby Troup, “Route 66”

  1. Hi John – I’d never heard that version before … or knew the backstory – thank you … I enjoyed it. Cheers Hilary


  2. I didn’t know he wrote this song. I remember watching Emergency. Great show. Had a crush on Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller (although the crush on him goes back to his cowboy days in Laramie). Thanks to your Braves! Keep those wins coming.


    1. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Braves this postseason, especially since they’re doing it without Ronald Acuña or Jorge Soler. Freddie Freeman has been a big disappointment, and they’re striking out waaaay too much, but in all, I’m happy with how it’s going, and think Austin Riley is this year’s MVP….

      I always liked Emergency! Seems like everyone in that unit is a real doofus, but when that bell rings they’re all business and know what they’re doing. Sometimes it seems like most of the show is driving around with the sirens going, but you know? I like that…

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  3. John,

    I hit play before I began reading. I stared at the video thinking this fella looked familiar but couldn’t put my finger on it until I read your post. I didn’t these interesting things about Bobby Troup, a singer and songwriter. I remember learning that Julie London who was also on the 70s TV series, Emergency, was a singer. I love her style! Anywho, I enjoyed listening to Bobby’s “Route 66”. I read on Wiki that this is one of Troup’s songs. This song sounds familiar, so I probably heard another artist’s version. I just learned on Wiki that it was Nat King Cole who recorded the song first in 1946. Nice tribute to what would’ve been Bobby Troup’s 103rd birthday!


    1. Nat King Cole’s version of “Route 66” is the best known. Bobby’s more of a jazz guy, which limits his audience somewhat, but he’s an excellent singer, as is Julie London, who has a great voice and looks to match. She used to be married to Jack Webb, and I think that’s how they got their parts on Emergency!

      I’ve been at both ends of Route 66. The east end is in front of the Art Institute in Chicago, the west end is at Santa Monica Pier….


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