Hot Rod Lincoln

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"Hot Rod Lincoln"
Charley Ryan and the Livingston Bros. - Hot Rod Lincoln cover.jpg
Label of the original 1955 single
Single by Charlie Ryan and the Livingston Bros.
B-side"Hank Williams Goodbye"
Released1955 (1955)
LabelSouvenir (SOUV-101)
Songwriter(s)Charlie Ryan
"Hot Rod Lincoln"
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.jpg
Single by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
from the album Lost in the Ozone
B-side"My Home in My Hand"
ReleasedMarch 1972
GenreRockabilly
LabelParamount
Songwriter(s)Charlie Ryan
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen singles chronology
"Hot Rod Lincoln"
(1972)
"Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar"
(1972)

"Hot Rod Lincoln" is a song by American singer-songwriter Charlie Ryan, first released in 1955. It was written as an answer song to Arkie Shibley's 1950 hit "Hot Rod Race" (US #29) which describes a race in San Pedro, Los Angeles between two hot rod cars, a Ford and a Mercury, which stay neck-and-neck until both are overtaken by "a kid in a hopped-up Model A". "Hot Rod Lincoln" is sung from the perspective of this third driver, whose own hot rod is a Ford Model A body with a Lincoln V12, overdrive, a four-barrel carburetor, 4:11 gear ratio, and safety tubes. Ryan's original rockabilly version of the song was released in 1955 through Souvenir Records under the artist name Charley Ryan and the Livingston Bros.[1] A second version was released in 1959 through Four Star Records, credited to Charlie Ryan and the Timberline Riders.[2] Ryan based the description of the eponymous car on his own hot rod, built from a 1948 12-cylinder Lincoln chassis shortened two feet, with a 1930 Ford Model A body fitted to it.[citation needed] Ryan raced his hot rod against a Cadillac sedan driven by a friend in Lewiston, Idaho, driving up the Spiral Highway (former U.S. Route 95 in Idaho) to the top of Lewiston Hill.[3] Some say he incorporated elements from this race in his lyrics to "Hot Rod Lincoln", but changed the setting to Grapevine Hill (a long, nearly straight grade up Grapevine Canyon to Tejon Pass, near the town of Gorman, California) to fit it within the narrative of "Hot Rod Race".[citation needed]

Another version of "Hot Rod Lincoln" was recorded by country musician Johnny Bond and released in 1960 through Republic Records, with Bond's lyrics changing the hot rod's engine from a V12 to a V8.[citation needed] Bond released a sequel in the same year called "X-15", set in 1997, about an air race in an X-15 plane.[4]

Commander Cody version[edit]

A 1971 version, by country rock band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen on their album Lost in the Ozone, became the most successful version of "Hot Rod Lincoln", reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 28 Adult Contemporary, No. 7 in Canada,[5] and was ranked No. 69 on the U.S. Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972.[6]

The song peaked at number 45 in Australia.[7]

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charlie Ryan
Chart (1960) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 33
U.S. Billboard Country 14
Johnny Bond
Chart (1960) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 26
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[10] 25
Commander Cody

Other versions[edit]

In addition to Johnny Bond and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, many other artists have recorded of "Hot Rod Lincoln" in the decades since its original release, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Souvenir SOUV-101
  2. ^ 4 Star 1733x45
  3. ^ Johnson, David (June 27, 2003). "That hot rod Lincoln". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  4. ^ Johnny Bond on Rocky-52.net
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1972-06-03. Retrieved 2021-04-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2016-09-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 18. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 10, 1960
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1972-06-03. Retrieved 2021-04-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 28 August 1972
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  14. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 27, 1972
  15. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  17. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Allroy's Revenge". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  18. ^ "The Beverly Hillbillies - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-12.

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