Hitchin' a Ride (Vanity Fare song)

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"Hitchin' a Ride"
Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fare.jpg
Single by Vanity Fare
from the album Early in the Morning
B-side "Man Child"
Released 1969
March 1970 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1969
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:07
2:37 (US single)
Label Page One
Writer(s) Mitch Murray
Peter Callander
Producer(s) Des Champ
Roger Easterby
Vanity Fare singles chronology
"Early in the Morning"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
"Come Tomorrow"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
Sinitta HitchinARide.jpg
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 number 16 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1970, but was a bigger hit in the United States, reaching number 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 U.S. single edit shortens the ending by eliminating the final repeated lines "RIDE, RIDE" before the song fades out.

"Hitchin' a Ride" sold a million copies in the United States alone, and it became a gold record.[2]

Chart performance (Vanity Fare)[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

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 number 24 in the UK,[7] and number 131 in Australia.[8]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 582. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  7. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Hitchin' A Ride by Sinitta Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry (submitted to charts.mail@aria.com.au), received 15 July 2015". imgur.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 

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