|Single by K. C. Douglas Trio|
|B-side||"Eclipse of the Sun"|
|Songwriter(s)||K. C. Douglas, Robert Geddins|
"Mercury Blues" is a song written by rural blues musician K. C. Douglas and Robert Geddins, and first recorded by Douglas in 1948. The song, originally titled "Mercury Boogie," pays homage to the American automobile marque, which ended production in 2010.
The song has been covered among others by the Steve Miller Band (1967, at The Monterey International Pop Festival, and 1976, on their album, Fly Like an Eagle), David Lindley (1981), the Finn Pave Maijanen (1987), Roy Rogers with Norton Buffalo (1992), Alan Jackson (1993), Jimmy Thackery (1994), Meat Loaf (2003) and Dwight Yoakam (2004). Maijanen's version in Finnish is named "Pakko saada BMW" (meaning Gotta get a BMW), but Maijanen has performed the song as "Mercury Blues" live as well. Lindley's version, from his 1981 album El Rayo-X, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Meat Loaf's version appears as a hidden track at the end of his 2003 album Couldn't Have Said It Better. Dwight Yoakam's version appears on his 2002 boxed set, Reprise Please, Baby, and later on his 2004 compilation album, Dwight's Used Records. More recently, a blues version appeared on Jackson Browne's Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino (2010), backed by David Lindley.
Rights to the song were purchased by the Ford Motor Company (who already owned the Mercury marque). Ford, in turn, used it for a television commercial featuring Alan Jackson singing his version of the song with the word "Mercury" replaced by the words "Ford Truck."
Part of the lyrics from the Steve Miller Band cover of the song, along with parts of lyrics from other songs involving cars, were incorporated as chapter openers in the 1983 Stephen King novel, Christine.
Alan Jackson version
|Single by Alan Jackson|
|from the album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)|
|Released||September 13, 1993|
|Recorded||May 26, 1992|
|Songwriter(s)||K. C. Douglas|
|Alan Jackson singles chronology|
American country music artist Alan Jackson recorded the song for his album, A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love). It was released in September 1993 as the fourth single from the album. His version of the song peaked at number 2 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and the RPM Country Tracks in Canada.
Kevin John Coryne of Country Universe gave the song a B grade, calling it "a throwaway track that ended up being a pretty big hit." He went on to say that it "might be the least essential Jackson hit of its era."
In popular culture
His rendition was used by the Ford Motor Company for Ford pickup truck commercials, changing the line "crazy 'bout a Mercury" to "crazy 'bout a Ford truck." Jackson performed the original "Mercury" version of the song live "in-studio" on an episode of the hit ABC sitcom Home Improvement in 1996. The David Lindley version appeared on the "Florence Italy" episode of Miami Vice on February 14, 1986.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||2|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||29|
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