Tuesday, 07 February 2023 01:41

WYNN - #46 - Roll On Big Mama - Joe Stampley - 1975

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First off - God Bless All Truckers  -  And THANK YOU!  -  This is the first on my list NOT released during my time so far on country radio. This was a big #1 from 1975,  I joined in 1981.  But I played this AM Radio gem for years on great radio stations across America.  Joe Stampley's truckin' anthem to me was the straightforward, definitive song of the "Truck and CB Radio" craze era, along with East Bound And Down from Jerry Reed.  The era culminated with the Smokey And The Bandit movies of the late 70's and early 80's.  This song captures the pride truckers feel about their rig, and their job as it is as important as any there is.  Everything you own was on a truck at some point.  This is not parody like "Convoy" or "The White Knight"  or many other truckin' songs from the era.  Stampley sounds like a trucker in this song, that's arranged traditionally, and zips along like a Freightliner down the Ohio Turnpike.  And yes, that IS an actual semi-truck starting up at the beginning as he mic-ed up a real tractor.  Country music has many faces, and Truckin' Songs are among them, although not in favor anymore. But a good truckin' song is just good driving medicine.  Well done, Joe!

Last Week #47

 

For the past few years I've been writing my Country Music Memory Lane Series and my Mega Star Series.  They post here on Thursdays and will continue to do so.

Over the past 42 years I've played Country Music continuously on the radio. I am NOT saying these are the BEST songs, just the ones I enjoy the most.

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