Sing-a-Long Saturday–(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

Oct 02, 2010 by Lisa Newton

In our second edition of Sing-a-Long Saturday, Travelin’ Local is featuring Big Band and jazz great, Nat King Cole. Although only part of the legendary Route 66 flows through California, it is still a part of her history, and indeed, the history of the nation.

Starting in Chicago and ending on the Santa Monica Pier, Route 66, which began in 1925 by an act of Congress, which connected a variety of existing roads to create a new highway–by 1938, it was a "continuously paved" thoroughfare.

Officially decommissioned by the Federal government in 1985, Route 66 still remains in the hearts and minds of many people as the ultimate cross county road tour.

Composed in 1946 by American actor/songwriter Bobby Troup, Get your Kicks on Route 66 was recorded in the same year by Nat King Cole.

In an interview he [Bobby Troup] once said the tune for the song, as well as the lyric Get your kicks on Route 66, came to him easily, but the remainder of the lyrics eluded him. More in frustration than anything else he simply filled up the song with the names of towns and cities on the highway. Source: Wikipedia

The song is so popular that at least 43 artists recorded it, including the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Cramps.

But that’s enough reading–let’s sit back and enjoy listening to the song:

Interestingly, of all the eight states that Route 66 passed through, only Kansas and its cities are not mentioned in the song.

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