Favorite "Highway" Songs #6 - "Roll On Down the Highway"
January 7, 2018 4:09pm CST
Yesterday, we did, briefly, hit the highway for a trial run in our van dwelling plan. To celebrate our intentions, @JohnRoberts suggested a countdown of my favorite songs that have "highway" in the title. We are at #6: "Roll On Down the Highway," by one of the all-time great Canadian bands, Bachman Turner Overdrive. BTO's 1974 hit, "Roll On Down the Highway," begins at the Ford Motor Company, which commissioned guitarist Randy Bachman and bassist Fred Turner (also known as C.F. Turner) to write a song for television commercial purposes. Unfortunately, the car company declined to use any of the band's submissions. Oh well. Written by Turner and drummer Robbie Bachman, "Roll On Down the Highway" was featured on the band's hit 1974 album, Not Fragile, and became a Top 20 hit for the group, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and #4 in their native Canada, and #22 in the UK, their final hit in that country.) I've linked to a live television performance from 1975, most likely Canadian TV. Enjoy! (Canadian highway rolling info verified by Wikipedia)
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