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December 18, 2016
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Hot Rod U.S.A.

Here are about 140 records from the drag strip.  Hot Rod recordings go way back and don’t really know any set area of the country.  Country artists long-ago began singing and playing the Hot Rod Genre.  One of my favorites is Bo Diddley’s “Road Runner”.  Talk about a surf guitar sound!  Johnny Bond was a forerunner to The Beach Boys’ “409” and all that followed out in California – mostly in 1963/1964.

Colorado’s own Astronauts got into the act right after releasing their surf class “Baja” with “Competition Coupe” a song that verbally challenged the Wilson brothers and company.  “Coupe” was released in the spring of 1964.  The single batted zero on the charts and the LP (their 3rd) dented the Hot 100 reaching number 128 – but what a great cover!

Colorado’s only other venture onto the “streets” was a late 1963 release on Felsted, “Road Runnah” which was heavily promoted by Denver Boss Radio KIMN.  The group is somewhat of a mystery around Colorado.  The liner notes of their 1963 LP on London Records clearly attributes their local roots, but beyond that it is difficult to find anyone who recalls ever seeing them perform in the Mile High State.  Gary Paxton is rumored to be involved with the Felsted single, but that too is rather cloudy as it it’s authenticity.

Astronauts LP RCA 2858 - Competition Coupe - 1964

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The Astronauts – Competition Coupe – 1964

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The Astronauts – 1966 – In My Car

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The Barrcudas – Boss Barracuda – 1964

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The Bentleys – She’s My Hot Rod Queen – 1965

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Lou Berry & the Bel Raves – Hot Rod – 1959

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Chuck Berry – Maybelline – 1955

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Chuck Berry – Jaguar and Thunderbird – 1960

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Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go – 1964

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Richard Berry – Oh! Oh! Get Out of the Car – 1955

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Johnny Bond – Hot Rod Lincoln – 1960

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Johnny Bond – Hot Rod Surfin’ Hootlebeatnanny – 1964

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Howard W. Brady – Hot Rod Boogie – 1957

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Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Rocket “88” – 1954

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Bruce & Terry – Custom Machine – 1963

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Bruce & Terry – I Love You Model “T” – 1965

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Edd Kookie Byrnes – Hot Rod Rock – 1959

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The Challengers – Hot Rod Hootenanny/Maybelline – 1964

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The Challengers – K-39/Hot Rod Show – 1964

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Charlie & Chan – Rickshaw Drag Race – 1964

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Clifton Chenier – Hot Rod – 1965

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The Chordettes – No Wheels – 1959

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Lou Christie – If My Car Could Only Talk – 1966

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Andre Williams – Cadillac Jack – 1968

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Eddie Cochran – Somethin’ Else – 1959

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Lola Dee – Hot Rod Henry – 1956

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Tommy Dee – Ballad of a Drag Race – 1960

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The Del-Vetts – Ram Charger – 1965

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The Del-Vetts – I Call My Baby STP

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The Del Vikings – Flat Tire – 1958

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Richie Deran – Girl and a Hot Rod – 1965

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Dick Dale & The Del Tones – Mr. Eliminator – 1964

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Dick Dale – Wild, Wild Mustang/Grudge Run – 1964

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Bo Diddley – Road Runner – 1960

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Ramblin’ Jimmie Dolan – Hot Rod Race – 1950

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The Duals – Stick Shift/Cruising – 1961

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The Duals – The Big Race – 1963

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The Dukanes – Shock Treatment – 1963

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Duane Eddy – Drivin’ Home – 1961

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The Eligibles – Car Trouble – 1959

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The Eliminators – Move Out Lotus – 1966

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The Emeralds – Little “D” Special – 1964

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Fleet & Freddy – Drag Race Boogie – 1961

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Red Foley – Hot Rod Race – 1951

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Johnny Fortune – Dragster – 1963

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The Four Romans – Drag Race – 1959

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The Hubcaps – Hot Rod City

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Dick Jacobs – Drag Race – 1964

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Jan & Arnie – Gas Money – 1958

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Jan & Dean – Schlock Rod – 1963

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Jan & Dean – Drag City – 1963

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Jan & Dean – Dead Man’s Curve – 1964

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Big Bill Johnson – Hot Rod Car – 1964

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The King Pins – Larse – 1965

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The King Pins – Door Banger/Rod Hot Rod – 1966

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Jack Kitchen with the Rock-A-Billies – Hot Rod Boogie – 1964

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Little Norman – Drag Strip Baby/Rat Race – 1957

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John D. Loudermilk – Road Hog – 1962

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Joe Maphis – Hot Rod Guitar – 1964

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The Marketts – Woody Wagon/Cobra – 1963

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The Marksmen – Hot Rod – 1955

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Oscar McLollie & His Honeyjumpers – Roll Hot Rod Roll – 1955

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The Medallions – Buick 59 – 1959

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Charlie Moore & Bill Napier – Hot Rod Kids and Women Drivers

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Frank Ervin – Hot Rod – 1954

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Ritva Mustonen – Hot Rock Shock – 1961

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Jim Nesbitt – A Tiger in My Tank – 1964

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Bill Parsons – Hot Rod Volkswagen – 1960

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Don Pearly – Drag Race – 1958

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The Pharos – Steel Wheels – 1963

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Terry Phillips – Hot Rod Jalopy

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The Pit Men – Cruising Along the Highway – 1965

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Randy & The Rainbows – Little Hot Rod Suzie – 1965

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The Rip Chords – Hey Little Cobra – 1963

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The Rip Chords – Three Window Coupe/Hot Rod U.S.A.

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The Road Runners – Road Runnah – 1963

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Ronny & The Daytonas – G.T.O./Hot Rod Baby – 1964

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Ronny & The Daytonas – Bucket “T”/Little Rail Job – 1964

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Ronny & The Daytonas – Little Scrambler – 1965

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Ronny & The Daytonas – No Wheels – 1965

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Ronny & The Daytonas – Antique ’32 Studebaker Dictator Coupe – 1966

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Ronny & The Daytonas – Little Scrambler – 1966

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The Routers – Sting Ray – 1963

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The Sunrays – Car Party – 1964

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Charley Ryan & The Livingston Bros. – Hot Rod Lincoln – 1955

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The Sabres – Hot Rod Kelly – 1960

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The Shadows – Stingray – 1965

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The Sharps – Double Clutch – 1960

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Billy Sherrill – Drag Race – 1963

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Arkie Shibley and His Mountain Dew Boys – Hot Rod Race – 1950

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The Shut Downs – Four on the Floor/Beach Buggy – 1963

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Hal Singer – Hot Rod – 1955

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Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith and His Cracker Jacks – Hot Rod Race – 1951

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Jerry Cole & His Spacemen – Night Rumble – 1964

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Bob Spencer – Roll, Hot Rod, Roll – 1955

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The String-A-Longs – Wheels – 1960

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The String-A-Longs – Spinnin’ My Wheels – 1962

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Davey Summer s- Calling All Cars – 1963

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The Sunrays – Car Party/Outta Gas – 1964

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The Super Stocks – Midnight Run/Santa Barbara – 1964

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The Super Stocks – Thunder Road/Wheel Stands – 1964

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The Surfaris – Santa’s Speed Shop – 1963

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The Surfaris – Boss Barracuda/Dune Buggy – 1964

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The Surfaris – Hot Rod High – 1964

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The Surfer Girls – Draggin’ Wagon – 1964

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Roy Tann – Hot Rod Queen – 1957

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The Tokens – Let’s Go to the Drag Strip/Two Cars – 1964

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Johnny Tyler – Devil’s Hot Rod – 1955

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T. Texas Tyler – Hot Rod Rag – 1954

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Gene Vincent – from the Film Hot Rod Gang – 1958

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The Viscounts – Drag Race – 1961

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The Wailers – Road-Runner – 1963

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The Who – Bucket “T” – 1967

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Bob Williams – Hot Rod Race – 1960

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Chuck Willis – Keep A-Driving – 1958

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Coleman Wilson – Hot Rod Baby – 1962

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