#3 – Tobacco Road – The Nashville Teens (1964)

“‘Tobacco Road’ is a blues 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 Teensgarage rock/blues rock 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. …”
1960: Marty Robbins – El Paso, 1961: The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman, 1962: Peppermint Twist – Joey Dee and the Starliters, 1963: Rolling Stones – Around And Around: 1st Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1964: Tobacco Road – The Nashville Teens, 1965: Concrete and Clay – Unit 4 + 2, 1966: I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night – The Electric Prunes, 1967: Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe, 1968: Deep Purple – Hush (Hugh Hefner, Playboy After Dark), 1969: Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam, 1970: Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

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