|Birth name||Charles Ryan|
|Born||December 19, 1915|
|Died||February 16, 2008(aged 92)|
|Labels||4 Star, King, Hilltop|
Charles Ryan (December 19, 1915 in Graceville, Minnesota – February 16, 2008 in Spokane, Washington) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for co-writing and first recording the rockabilly hit single "Hot Rod Lincoln".
Ryan grew up in Polson, Montana and moved to Spokane in 1943. He served in the United States Army during The Korean War. After the war, he worked as a musician and songwriter, touring with artists such as Jim Reeves and Johnny Horton. In 1955, he wrote "Hot Rod Lincoln", and Ryan recorded the first version of the song (as "Charley Ryan and The Livingston Brothers"). Ryan released a remake in 1959 as "Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders"; the song was later covered by Johnny Bond (1960) and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (1972), among others.
|1961||Hot Rod Lincoln||King|
|1963||Hot Rod Lincoln Drags Again!||Hilltop|
|1960||"Hot Rod Lincoln"||14||33||Hot Rod Lincoln|
|"Side Car Cycle"||—||84|
- Geranios, Nicholas K. (2008-02-19). "Writer of "Hot Rod Lincoln" moves to drag race in the sky". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-04-26.[dead link]