Favorite Highway Songs: Featured Video- Amarillo Highway

By DB
December 2, 2017 9:43am CST
Here are today's songs that use a highway as part of the title. See if you recall the name of the songs and artists? I really like this country video by Robert Earl Keen. I was searching for highway songs and stumbled onto this "chestnut." Here are a few Fun Facts about the artist: - His songs have had cover versions recorded by several country, folk and Texas country music musicians, including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, and the Dixie Chicks. -Keen had another song about roadways which became his signature song, "The Road Goes On Forever." -The Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen's A Bigger Piece of Sky album was considered one of his best and contained today's video song. Video- Amarillo Highway/ by Robert Earl Keen. Take a listen you might enjoy it! Here are your clues for these Highway Songs: See if you know any.... 1. The soft rock group hit # 8 with this song which was inspired by a roadway sign. The artist noticed a California city's name on this sign while stranded on a road with a flat tire. Clouds shaped like lizards that day became part of the tune's lyrics. There was another phrase in the song used by Prince in 1984 as a song, album, and title to his film. By the way, these three guys when choosing a name for their group used a very patriotic moniker. 2. This song is about a trucker who is making a haul. This tune tapped into the '70s fascination with trucking culture. The track off their "Not Fragile" album was supposed to be used in a commercial from Ford Motor Co., but they never accepted the composition. This Canadian group was referred to with an abbreviated three letter name by their fans. The band's followers, were affectionatly known as "gearheads," a term derived from the group's gear-shaped logo. One band member was part of another successful Candian group called "The Guess Who." 3. This artist was a member of the Canadian group "Red Rider." He recorded this tune which reached # 1 on the Canadian charts and # 6 U.S. Hot 100 as a solo artist. You may remember a successful song this artist recorded as the front man for the group Red Rider called "Lunatic Fringe." Since 1992, this tune has had a near-continuous popularity thanks to heavy use in commercials. Many artists have covered this track, one band charted a top ten hit with their version for the Pixar film "Cars." Well, that's it for my highway songs. And the answers are.... Finally, I do appreciate all who participate, read, and comment on my music trivia posts. As always, thanks for playing! Hope these songs brought back a pleasant memory for some...Use those clues!!!! *Bio info from Wikipedia and songfacts.com Photo- google images/pinterest
Robert Earl Keen performs Amarillo Highway live at the Ryman
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@FourWalls (10090)
• United States
2 Dec
About #1....there was a music geek I worked with at the post office. He said he always used the line “alligator lizards in the air” as his litmus test for finding “real” music geeks. He said in all the years of using that line he never found anyone who knew it. I had to play the song in my head but told him where it came from. We were friends from that day forward. BTW, they named themselves that because they were sons of flyboys who were stationed in England....not that you could mistake their accent for Van Morrison or anything. #2 trivia: Randy’s ex-bandmate, Burton Cummings, covered “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” on his first solo album. I just can’t “Guess Who” that is. #3: I’d like for that truck mentioned in clue #2 to roll over Rascal Flatts for their horrid cover of that song. PS - I liked “Lunatic Fringe” a lot. Extra credit to you for using Robert Earl Keen!!!!!! No clue, as usual.....
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4 Dec
I may have to start calling you clueless, lol. Great comments as always. #1- I believe they recorded their 1st album in England? I think in London? Always had a soft spot for #2 some great songs from both groups, although it took them awhile to catch on in America. #3 totally agree with you on that one.. Lunatic fringe was a very cool song and thanks for the extra credit!!! Thanks again for reading my post
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@FourWalls (10090)
• United States
5 Dec
@dgobucks226 — I really am clueless. I’ve never owned the board game “Clue” in my life. Never saw the movie, either.
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5 Dec
@FourWalls Ha,ha! Very good
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@amadeo (48200)
• United States
2 Dec
Same here I have no Idea of amarillo highway.Will give it a listen.
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4 Dec
Hope you like it! Here are the answers... Trivia Answers: 1. Ventura Highway- America 2. Roll On Down The Highway- Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) 3. Life Is A Highway- Tom Cochrane Theme- Highway songs....
@andriaperry (33378)
• Anniston, Alabama
2 Dec
I know none of these, if John is right then I know why I dont know any of these.
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4 Dec
Well, you are correct in your assumption. I am sure you have heard this song before. Take a listen...
Track 1 from the 1972 album, "Homecoming". Full "Homecoming" album playlist - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWnVxuqvY7Jjj91yMN3qFJN2akaoT5AbN
@JohnRoberts (41291)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Dec
Ventura Highway America Roll On Down the Highway Bachman Turner Overdrive Life is a Highway Tom Cochran
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4 Dec
- you know what that means!!!
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@teamfreak16 (36813)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Dec
"Ventura Highway" America, "Let it Roll On Down the Highway" BTO, "Life is a Highway" Tom Cochrane. I saw Red Rider. Awesome.
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5 Dec
And an awesome job on the music quiz!!! 3 correct = Ah, Red Rider lucky you
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@teamfreak16 (36813)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Dec
@dgobucks226 - They opened for Pat Benatar.
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5 Dec
@teamfreak16 That is a nice combo for a concert
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@Corbin5 (82104)
• United States
2 Dec
The only highway song that comes to my right away is "Life Is a Highway" by Rascall Flatts. "Alligator Lizards in the Sky" may be number 1, but that is a wild guess. I like lizards and alligators.
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4 Dec
Here are the answers. Partial credit on Life Is a Highway Deborah. That song was covered by Rascal Flatts, however I like this version better.... Trivia Answers: 1. Ventura Highway- America 2. Roll On Down The Highway- Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) 3. Life Is A Highway- Tom Cochrane Theme- Highway songs....
Tom Cochrane: Life is a Highway
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@Corbin5 (82104)
• United States
4 Dec
@dgobucks226 Thank you for the answers!!!
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5 Dec
@Corbin5 No problem. I always like to know them when I attempt quizzes.
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