Travelin' Man

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"Traveling Man" redirects here. For the Dolly Parton song, see Traveling Man (Dolly Parton song). For the British English spelling, see Travelling Man.
"Travelin' Man"
Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson
Single by Ricky Nelson
from the album Rick Is 21
B-side "Hello Mary Lou"[1]
Released 1961
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:24
Label Imperial Records #5741
Writer(s) Jerry Fuller
Producer(s) Joe Johnson (Challenge Records)
Ricky Nelson singles chronology
"You Are The Only One"
"Travelin' Man"
"A Wonder Like You"/"Everlovin'"

"Travelin' Man" is a single by Ricky Nelson, an American singer. It was written by songwriter Jerry Fuller. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100; its b-side, "Hello Mary Lou", reached number nine on the same chart.[1]


The song details the loves of a traveling man. They were: a "pretty señorita" in Mexico, an eskimo in Alaska, a fraulein in Berlin, a china doll in Hong Kong, and a Polynesian in Waikiki. There were others as well, "in every port ... at least one," mentioned obliquely during the opening verse. The song was produced by Joe Johnson who was also famous for The Champs recording of "Tequila". Joe was the owner of 4 star music and Challenge Records in Nashville. the Session musicians on the recording included his session regulars James Burton on guitar, Joe Osborn on bass, Ray Johnson on piano and Ritchie Frost on drums.


  • A cover was released by Jacky Ward in 1982, reaching #32 on the US country chart.

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  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1992). Fred Weiler, ed. The Billboard Book of USA Top 40 Hits (5 ed.). Guinness. p. 329. 
Preceded by
"Mother-in-Law" by Ernie K-Doe
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 29, 1961 (one weeks)
Succeeded by
"Running Scared" by Roy Orbison
Preceded by
"Running Scared" by Roy Orbison
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 12, 1961 (one weeks)
Succeeded by
"Moody River" by Pat Boone