What is your favorite song about a car? For many of us, it's gonna be a certain ditty about the Pontiac GTO. For me, well that's a bit before my time, but I will share my favorite song in the thread. Because I have something far more interesting to share.
This comment was taken from a reader of the Hagerty Driver's Club magazine, and I thought it would be great to share here:
I enjoyed Scott Oldham’s feature “Getting to Know the GOAT,” (Issue 68, page 60), but wanted to correct him regarding the origin of the hit song “G.T.O.” John Wilkin was a songwriting kid with a garage band. His mother, Marijohn, a well-known country composer, was a fixture in the music business. John skipped high school one day and wrote “G.T.O.” His mom got the song published. As “Ronny Dayton,” he recorded it with his group “Ronny and the Daytonas” and it raced up the charts. Wilkin now lives west of Nashville and is still writing songs and performing.
Jim Wangers was behind a later group, The Tigers, whose song “GeeTO Tiger” didn’t make the Hot 100 but helped launch the 1965 GTO. The single had a unique B-side, “Big Sounds of the GeeTO Tiger at the GM Proving Grounds.” The record was the center of a Pontiac promotion with Car Craft magazine, Hurst Shifters, and NHRA. Has any other new car taken such advantage of pop music to become a sensation? I doubt it.
—Mike Joy, Lewisville, NC
SS 396 from 1967 by Paul Revere snd the Raiders. A song that was done by Chevrolet and records were given to Chevrolet dealers. My family owned dealerships back in that time in Cochrane Wisconsin and St Charles Minnesota.
I'll second that! Although I admit it wasn't until the Google age that I realized the line was: "Two cool shorts sittin' side by side." Played through my 8-track, I was sure they were singing "sharks", which didn't make much sense, but then, I'd even never heard of the SoCal slang term "short", referring to a hot rod...
"Short" wasn't actually a Southern California term, it was used by the type of juvenile delinquents that at the time we referred to as "black shoes." Today we would just call them thugs.
We are both a little off. Looked up the lyrics online. "hear his dual quads drink". I have the original LP. My hearing is a little off these days. Can't be too much loud music over the years. 🙂
I'm stupid, maybe, but I never liked that song, only because I really doubt an FI Vette could beat a 413 Dodge. And I'm a Ford guy. (I picture a 62 413 Dart and a 62 Vette). Those old Mopars were Fast.
Well, do the math: Both cars equipped with 4.10/4.11 rear axle ratio, approximately the same size (diameter) rear tires but the 413's 6500 RPM compared to the Chevy's 7000 RPM redline. Now do you get it?
hoser48..owned the exact car, Black with red interior 62 Impala 409/409, 4 speed, 4.56 gears...traded it for 1967 Impala 396 that I still have to this day...great trip down memory lane...
How about Bob Seger’s night moves? Pair it with the video clip from Supernatural. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcGH7CcvQX4
There are so many good ones, but GTO it is --- 3 deuces, a 4-speed, and a 389! Honors also go to The Little Old Lady from Pasadena (Jan & Dean) and Little Deuce Coup (Beach Boys).
While this ditty isn't car specific, I think many readers will recognize at least some aspects of their early dating experiences from the lyrics. Cars were an indispensable part of teen-age dating, and a source of many fond memories many years later.
To the 1st 8 measures of Dvorak's Humoreske:
Was it you that did the pushin',
Got those stains upon the cushion,
Footprints on the dashboard upside down?
Was it you got to my daughter,
Poked her when you hadn't oughter?
If it was, you better get out of town!
OOH, yes t'was I got to your daughter,
Poked her when I hadn't oughter,
Footprints on the dashboard upside down.
BUT, since I got into your daughter,
I've had trouble passing water,
So I think we're even all around.
Hot Rod Lincoln. Also the forgotten hit, "Transfusion." "Comin' down the hill on a rainy day, when you see me comin' better start to pray, I'm the king of the road, I'm the boss all the way (sounds of car crashing) - transfusion, transfusion, my red corpuscles are in mass confusion, never never gonna speed again - slip a quart to me Mort."