Ride Captain Ride

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"Ride Captain Ride"
Single by Blues Image
from the album Open
B-side"Pay My Dues"
ReleasedApril 1970
Format7" 45 RPM
3:07 (7" version)
LabelAtco / Atlantic
Songwriter(s)Mike Pinera, Frank Konte
Producer(s)Richard Podolor

"Ride Captain Ride" is a song recorded by the American rock band Blues Image. The song was co-written by the band's singer-guitarist Mike Pinera and keyboardist Frank "Skip" Konte. It was included on the group's 1970 album, Open. Released as a slightly shortened single in the spring of 1970, it shot up the charts, eventually reaching No. 4 in the USA and Canadian charts, making it Blues Image's only Top 40 chart hit. It reached No. 23 in Australia.

The guitar fills and main solo were performed by Kent Henry. Pinera plays the guitar solo at the end of the song.

The song was inspired by the number of keys on Pinera's Rhodes piano. Pinera said, "Okay, I need a first word. And what came into my head was '73.' I liked the rhythm, and I went, '73 men sailed up, from the San Francisco Bay.'...The song sort of just wrote itself from there."[1]

Chart history[edit]


The song was covered by Blood, Sweat & Tears in the 1970s.


  1. ^ Schweiber, Dave (June 26, 2001). "The Captain Rides Again". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on January 9, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  3. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 11, 1970
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  5. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  6. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1970