sixstr stories turns six years old today!
Two “six” songs came immediately to mind as I began planning for this birthday party post: “Six Days On The Road” and “Route 66.”
“Six Days On The Road” was written by Alabama songwriters Earl Greene and Carl Montgomery. It was first recorded in 1963 by Country musician Dave Dudley and is today considered to be the definitive truck driving song.
My favorite version of “Six Days On The Road” is by singer, songwriter & acoustic guitarist Livingston Taylor. Recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia, it was released as the third track on the first side of Livingston’s 1970 self-titled debut album.
Joining Livingston on this track are Pete Carr, electric guitar; Paul Hornsby, piano; Robert Popwell, bass guitar; and Johnny Sandlin, drums.
Let’s get this party started!
“Route 66” was originally titled “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66.” It was written by American R&B songwriter Bobby Troup and first recorded by the King Cole Trio in 1946.
The Rolling Stones learned “Route 66” from recordings by Chuck Berry and Perry Como. They liked their version so much, they featured it as the first song on the first side of their British self-titled debut LP in 1964. The song was a staple of The Stones’ live shows during those early days and a scorching rendition was captured on tape during their March 1965 British tour. That track was released on The Rolling Stones’ first and chart-topping British EP, “got LIVE if you want it!,” in June, 1965.
Give it a listen!
That was Mick Jagger, vocals; Brian Jones, electric guitar; Keith Richard, electric guitar; Bill Wyman, bass guitar; and Charlie Watts, drums.
So, there you go. sixstr stories is six years, 319 posts and over 25,000 views old today.
To each and every one of you who visit, read, follow, listen to, like and comment on my random musings and enthusiasms here at sixstr stories, please accept my heartfelt thanks and know that I am sincerely grateful for your past, present and future support.
As always, “Good music doesn’t get old.”
Route 66 has had some great covers. Two of my favs are John Pizzarelli and of course, Natalie Cole’s.