Travelin' Man

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"Travelin' Man"
Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson single cover.jpg
Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson
Single by Ricky Nelson
from the album Rick Is 21
B-side"Hello Mary Lou"[1]
ReleasedApril 1961
Format7" single
LabelImperial Records #5741
Songwriter(s)Jerry Fuller
Producer(s)Joe Johnson (Challenge Records)
Ricky Nelson singles chronology
"You Are The Only One"
"Travelin' Man"
"A Wonder Like You" / "Everlovin'"

"Travelin' Man" is an American popular song, best known as a 1961 hit single sung by Ricky Nelson. Singer-songwriter Jerry Fuller wrote it with Sam Cooke in mind, but Cooke's manager was unimpressed and did not keep the demo, which eventually wound up being passed along to Nelson. His version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its b-side, "Hello Mary Lou", reached No. 9 on the same chart.[1] Nelson is accompanied on the recording by the vocal quartet, The Jordanaires.


The song details the loves of a world traveler with an eye for beautiful women. Songwriter Fuller has described it as a "girl in every port" song. The women in each locale are referenced by a word or phrase associated with the location. The women were: a "pretty señorita" in Mexico, an Eskimo in Alaska, a fräulein in Berlin, a china doll in Hong Kong, and a Polynesian in Waikiki.[2] There were others as well, "in every port ... at least one," mentioned obliquely during the opening verse. The song was produced by Joe Johnson who was also famous for The Champs recording of "Tequila". Joe was the owner of 4 Star Record Company and Challenge Records in Nashville.


  • A cover was released by Jacky Ward in 1982, reaching #32 on the US country chart.

Uses in popular culture[edit]

Nelson's version appears in a 2019 TV commercial for the Toyota Corolla hybrid.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1992). Fred Weiler (ed.). The Billboard Book of USA Top 40 Hits (5 ed.). Guinness. p. 329.
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock and Roll. Algora Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-87586-207-1.