From (Im Just) Guy With The Car / Tobacco Road
Label: Monument -- 45-803
Format: Vinyl, 7, 45 RPM, Sie, Promo
A (Im Just) Guy With The Car
Written-By -- Boudleaux & Felice Bryant
B Tobacco Road
Written-By -- John D. Loudermilk
Tobacco Road is a song written and first recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960 that was a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964 and has since be a standard across several musical genres.
Originally framed as a folk song, Tobacco Road was a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in Durham, North Carolina.
Released on Columbia Records, it was not a hit for Loudermilk, achieving only minor chart success in Australia.
Other artists, however, immediately began recording and performing the song.
The Eish group The Nashville Teens rendering was a bold effort featuring prominent piano, electric guitar and bass m parts and a dual lead vocal: Mickie Most produced it with the same tough-edged-pop feel that he brought to The Animals hits. Tobacco Road was a trans-Atlantic pop hit in 1964, reaching number 6 on the UK sies chart and number 14 on the U.S. sies chart.
While the Teens would have some further success in Eand, in the U.S. Tobacco Road became another one-hit wonder of the British Invasion.
The Nashville Teens cover version was featured at the close of episode 1 of season 4 of the hit television show Mad Men on July 25, 2010.
In the 1970s, songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman claimed to have been inspired by Tobacco Road while writing Sweets Blockbuster, after accusations of stealing the guitar riff from David Bowies Jean Genie.
The song became a hit for Edgar Winter on his debut album Entrance.
Tobacco Road has been performed by a great number of other artists, often with slightly altered lyrics.
Notable renderings include:
a soul one from Lou Rawls,
a folk rock one from Jefferson Airplane on their debut album Takes Off,
a lengthy 17-minute version by Edgar Winter and his band,
a sample on dead prezs Psychology,
and others from Eric Burdon & War,
Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings,
David Lee Roth,
Mud an unreleased version by Jimi Hendrix,
Southern Culture on the Skids,
Serbian rock bands Smak and Disciplin A Kitschme, and so on.
It has been done as blues, country music, punk rock, or garage rock.
In 2006 it was featured in the finale of the hit television show American Idol, and was performed on the show by contestant Phil Stacey in 2007 and Syesha Mercado in 2008.
In the late 1960s, the song became a staple of the Jackson 5s early shows, and was one of the four songs they performed at their audition for Motown Records in 1968.
On 1 Feary 1966, Lou Rawls performed the song as a medley with Southside Blues, which was included on his album Live.
In 1967, Eric Burdon & The Animals performed it on a German TV show.
In 1970 it was an Atlantic hit by Eric Burdon & War. This versionns for 14 minutes. Later, after they disbanded, they released another version featured on manypilations.
Jimi Hendrixs Last Recording - Jimi Hendrix with War - Tobacco Road - Live at Ronnie Scotts September 16, 1970, Jimi Died September 18, 1970.
Eric Burdon released some live recordings on Access All Areas, Official Live Bootleg#2, Athens Traffic Live.
A 11-minute live version from the early 1980s was released later.
Tobacco Road was also recorded by Hank Williams Jr. on his album Hog Wild (1995).
Also Jimmy Johnson made a cover on his CD Heap See.
Paul Revere & The Raiders Featuring Mark Lindsay also made a Remix of this song in theirpilation CD The Legend of Paul Revere released May 6, 1990.
Also listed in Wikipedia under Mark Lindsay who was the lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders it states under Production Credits: Tobacco Road (1977), United Artists - Ritchie Lecea, exec. producer, sie.