Saturday, April 19, 2014


                       TOBACCO ROAD

"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 become 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 English group The Nashville Teens' rendering was a bold effort featuring prominent piano, electric guitar and bass drum 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 singles chart and number 14 on the U.S. singles chart. While the Teens would have some further success in England, in the U.S. "Tobacco Road" became another one-hit wonder of the British Invasion.

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, Mind Garage, a lengthy 17-minute version by Edgar Winter and his band, a sample on dead prez's Psychology, and others from Eric Burdon & War, Spooky Tooth, Status Quo, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Steve Young, Love Affair, David Lee Roth, Aum, Tommy Cash, Blues Magoos, Blues Creation, Bobbie Gentry, Rare Earth, Jean-Jacques Goldman, 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.

01 john d loudermilk

02  lou rawls
03  billy lee riley
04  brother jack mcduff
05  nashville teens
06  paul revere & the raiders
07  love affair
08  spooky tooth
09  jefferson airplane
10  mind garage
11  blues magoos
12  aum
13  mystic siva
14  edgar winter
15  dan seals
16  jamul
17  junior wells
18  nobili
19  shocking blue
20  status quo
21  love society
22  bill wyman
23  hobo blues band
24  rare earth


juan manuel muñoz said...

muchas gracias, mi hermano, gran compilación

montysmusic said...

any chance of a reup please one of my favourite pieces of ear candy

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