Hitchin' a Ride (Vanity Fare song)

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"Hitchin' a Ride"
Single by Vanity Fare
from the album Early in the Morning
B-side "Man Child"
Released 1969
March 1970 (U.S.)
Format 7" Single
Recorded 1969
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:37
Label Page One
Writer(s) Mitch Murray
Peter Callander
Producer(s) Des Champ
Roger Easterby
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Vanity Fare singles chronology
"Early In The Morning"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
"Come Tomorrow"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
Single by Sinitta
from the album Wicked
B-side "I'm On My Way"
Released April 1990
Format 7" Single
12" Single
CD Single
Recorded 1989
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:42
Label Fanfare Records
Writer(s) Mitch Murray
Peter Callander
Producer(s) Ralf Rene Maue
Sinitta singles chronology
"Lay Me Down Easy"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
"Love and Affection"

"Hitchin' a Ride" is a song written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander issued as a single by the UK-based band, Vanity Fare in late 1969. It reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1970, but was a bigger hit in the United States, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1970. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 14 song of 1970.[1]

The song is about a young man who is attempting to hitchhike, since he has no money. The song is noted for its two recorders, first heard in the introduction as well as in the sections between the choruses and the verses. The song is also noted for its instrumental middle section, featuring an electric piano, that plays a bass line in repetition, which is accompanied by the piano's upper register, bass, drums, and guitar, which is later heard before the song's fade. The single edit shortens the ending by eliminating the final repeated lines "RIDE, RIDE" before the song fades out. It sold a million copies in the United States alone.[2]

Chart performance (Vanity Fare)[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1969-70) Peak
Canada RPM[3] 3
UK 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1970) Rank
Canada 49
U.S. Billboard[5] 14

Sinitta version[edit]

"Hitchin' a Ride" was covered by American singer Sinitta. It was released in 1990 as the fifth and final single from her second album Wicked (1989). The song was produced by Ralf Rene Maue. The B-side contains a previously unreleased song "I'm On My Way". This single reached #24 in the UK,[6] and #131 in Australia.[7]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Hitchin' a Ride" - 3:42
  2. "I'm on My Way" - 3:52
12" single
  1. "Hitchin' a Ride" (Extended Version) - 6:35
  2. "I'm on My Way" - 3:52
CD single
  1. "Hitchin' a Ride" (Extended Version) - 6:35
  2. "I'm on My Way" - 3:52
  3. "Hitchin' a Ride" - 3:42

Other cover versions[edit]

  • A country music version of the song was released by country singer Jack Reno and reached #12 on the U.S. country chart in 1971.
  • British group Paper Lace adapted their 1975 version as "Hitchin' a Ride '75", though it failed to chart.


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