Thursday, May 18, 2006

Cruisin' Tunes

This past weekend my son and I checked out a salvage yard that we hadn't been to before. It was a pleasant drive through the counrtyside, just one county to the east of here. We had been told this yard had several antique cars just like ours. Sure enough, there were all sorts wonderful, rare, old cars. We found two like mine and three like his. Unfortunatley, the cars had all been parked in a field twenty or thirty years ago and nature had been allowed to take it's course. We spent an hour hacking our way through the dense briars and brush to find our treasures overgrown with honeysuckle and vines. We emerged from the woods bloody from the briars and covered in chiggers and ticks.

On the ride through the country roads back to the house, my son asked me to put on some cruisin' music. That was all we needed to top off a great afternoon.

His request got me to thinking about cruisin' tunes in the early days of recordings. The Ford Motor Company made the Model T from 1908 through 1927, so affordable cars had been around for twenty years or so by the time the record companies were sending scouts to rural comunities. Of course, automobiles didn't have radios much less CDs or tape players, and lugging around that big ol' Victrola was out of the question. I suppose folks had to enjoy their cruisin' tunes while looking out their parlor window instead of a windshield.

I'd like to believe they replayed the songs in their memories as they tooled along in their automobile.

The Dixie Ramblers - Ridin' In An Old Model T.mp3

The Dixie Ramblers hailed from Russellville in northwestern Alabama. The four-piece band recorded in Birmingham in 1937. Not sure how they got there, could well have been an old Model T.

Ya'll have a good wekend!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Lucy said...

I had to chuckle! Can those people look any more pissed off? This is a catchy lil' tune; I like it. I'm going to have to stock the car with cruisin' CD's this weekend; we're off to Dayton, OH to retrieve my daughter's stuff. She's breaking up with the boyfriend and coming home. I'll go through a lot of CD's on a 20 hr adventure.

Have a great weekend all!

May 19, 2006 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they are all pissed off because it is not yet 1930... From the Motorola.com website:

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1930

Net sales: $287,256

Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduces one of the first commercially successful car radios. The original Motorola model 5T71 radio sells for between $110 and $130, and can be installed in most popular automobiles.

Galvin Manufacturing Corporation founder Paul V. Galvin creates the brand name "Motorola" for the company's new car radio, linking "motor" (motorcar, motion) with the suffix "ola" (sound).

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Bill

May 21, 2006 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Richland Women Blues' (Mississippi John Hurt) is an early and unique example of a 'car' song as it celebrates cruising from the female point of view. 'Hurry down sweet Daddy, Come blow your horn, If you wait too long, your mamma will be gone.'

May 21, 2006 4:27 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Anonymous, "Richland Women Blues" is an excellent example! Even if the car was used as a double entendre.

May 21, 2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Bill, that could explain those sour faces!
Of course, folks could put a radio in a Stutz, Packard, or a Duesenberg. With the average price of a Model T being around $300, adding a $130 radio was quite an accessory!

May 21, 2006 8:26 PM  

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