Roll On down the Highway

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"Roll On down the Highway"
Roll On Down the Highway - Bachman–Turner Overdrive.jpg
7" single cover
Single by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
from the album Not Fragile
B-side"Sledgehammer"
ReleasedJanuary 1975
Recorded1974
GenreRock
Length3:56
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Fred Turner, Robbie Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive singles chronology
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin'"
(1974)
"Roll On down the Highway"
(1975)
"Hey You"
(1975)

"Roll On down the Highway" is a song written by Fred Turner and Robbie Bachman, first recorded by Canadian rock group Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) for their 1974 album Not Fragile. The lead vocal is provided by Turner.

Turner and Randy Bachman had originally been contracted by Ford to write a song for the automotive company's commercials, but Ford never picked up any of their compositions.[1] Robbie Bachman later helped develop one of Turner's ideas into a Top 20 hit. "Roll on Down the Highway" peaked at #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on March 1, 1975.[2] It reached #8 on the Cash Box Top 100 singles, and #4 on the Canadian RPM chart, and gave the band their second — and final — hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #22 in the UK Singles Chart[3].

The song was the second of two singles issued from the Not Fragile LP, and was the follow-up to the group's greatest hit, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet".

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY by BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE". songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  2. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/15176/bachman-turner-overdrive/ OFFICIAL U.K. SINGLES CHART ENTRIES - BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
  4. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles, March 8, 1975". Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/15176/bachman-turner-overdrive/ OFFICIAL U.K. SINGLES CHART ENTRIES - BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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