(get your kicks on) Route 66


Route 66 forever has been a source of inspiration and reference for cinema or literature. Therefore, in 1946, a musical theme composed by the pianist Bobby Troup would turn his name immortal while describing a trip along his journey. In the same year it was composed Nat King Cole recorded on vinyl one of the most famous V-Discs, which we already spoke of here. He obtained immediate success.

Later on it was also interpreted by Chuck Berry and transformed into a fantastic Rock 'n Roll song. Numerous versions of this song have been produced since then. Referring to the Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Louis, Natalie Cole, Van Morrison, Mel Torme or John Mayer, heard on the film Cars. We’ll keep the Manhattan Transfer, one of the best...

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66

It winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2,000 miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66

You go through St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty.
You'll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino

Won't you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66

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