Just some thoughts:
GET YOUR KICKS
One would finish that line with: “On route 66.”
I don’t know how many times I have driven that route. First time would have been in the late 1950s’ as I made my way to California from my home in Indiana. Numerous times since then.
It stretched from Jackson Blvd. and Michigan Ave. in Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Twenty-two hundred miles, through three time zones, eight states and they say fifty-five towns.
Almost as popular as the road maybe more so was the song “Route 66” written by Bobby Troup. Driving In a 1941 Buick Troup and his wife, Cynthia, were making the trip from Pennsylvania to California. He was on his way to Los Angles to “make it big” in the music business. Earlier on the trip they had been on Highway 40 when his wife suggested he write a song about Highway 40. Later traveling on 66 she had kinda whispered to him “get your kicks on Route 66.”He quickly wrote down two stanzas on the road map between the two of them. The rest is history. In 1946 Nat King Cole would record the song and it would become an American standard.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66
John Steinbeck would later give the road the tag name the, “Mother Road.” Last time I was on that road it was in sad shape but still there is something in me today that would love to get in my old Corvette and do the “Buzz and Todd” thing and head out on Route 66. I can hear the shows theme song right now. But in 1959 the first year I drove it, as Jack Kerouac said: “A fast car, a coast to reach and a woman at the end of the road.”
P.S.Later Troup would marry a rather attractive lady. “Cry Me A River” lady named Julie London. I think I have ever album she made. Some of the albums covers for the time were rather interesting one might say. Anyone remember the calendar album?
October 9, 2019