Life as it unfolds... by country music song writer Ben Krahne

Some Country Songs Refuse To Die

A lot of people think that Hot Rod Lincoln is a rock and roll oldies tune, but it's really country. Songs that just keep on reinventing themselves aren't all that common, though from time to time someone records an updated version of an old favorite.

The most famous of its many recordings is the one by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1972, at least its the only one that sounds right to me. Originally written and recorded in the early 1950s, Charlie Ryan's 1959 version is nothing like the unique blend of styles so popular with country and rock fans. Nor is the 1960 recording by Johnny Bond.

Most recently the country band, Asleep at The Wheel tossed their own version into the pot, but it lacks the attraction of the  more rock laced version from the 70s. The best representation is definitely Commander Cody's hit. A band that came up with a sound never heard before too, the record is usually classified as rockabilly but its much more. I think they left out the part where fast talking to music was one day to be called rap, but these guys' sound is best described as:

The band’s style mixed country, rock'n'roll, Western swing, rockabilly, and jump blues together on a foundation of boogie-woogie piano. It was among the first country-rock band to take its cues less from folk-rock and blugrass and more from barroom country of the Ernest Tubb and Ray Price style. A pioneer in incorporating Western swing into its music, the band became known for marathon live shows.  ~  Wikipedia

I'm sure there will be others who try to change up the lyrics a bit or stamp their style onto the chords. Sorry guys, but this here is a real hard act to beat:

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