30th-anniversary editions of Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable … with Love” coming in 2022

Several 30th-anniversary editions of Natalie Cole’s megahit "Unforgettable … With Love" album are coming early next year. That record remains best-known for its smash duet single, "Unforgettable," with her deceased father, Nat King Cole. "Unforgettable .... with Love" also contains Natalie's own version of "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," a Bobby Troup-written song made … Continue reading 30th-anniversary editions of Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable … with Love” coming in 2022

Asleep At the Wheel releases new version of “Route 66” for 50th-anniversary album

Western swing band Asleep At the Wheel last week released an album that marks its 50th anniversary, "Half of a Hundred Years," that includes a new version of "Route 66." The new cut of "Route 66" includes guest vocalists Leroy Preston and Johnny Nicholas to accompany the band's longtime lead singer, Ray Benson. Preston was … Continue reading Asleep At the Wheel releases new version of “Route 66” for 50th-anniversary album

William Shatner gets his kicks on “Route 66” song

William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" television series and movies, recorded a version of Bobby Troup's "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" for his new blues album. The song includes guitarist Steve Cropper, who played with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs and … Continue reading William Shatner gets his kicks on “Route 66” song

“Austin City Limits” will air Asleep At the Wheel retrospective Oct. 31

The long-running PBS-TV music program "Austin City Limits" next month will broadcast a special retrospective on the western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel, both of which is marking its 50th anniversary. Asleep At the Wheel performed on the show's first episode back in 1970. In total, the band has appeared on the show 11 times … Continue reading “Austin City Limits” will air Asleep At the Wheel retrospective Oct. 31

An alternate version of “Route 66” by Bing Crosby

Here's a version of "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" that I haven't heard before now. It's Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and Chorus during "Philco Radio Time" on Oct. 30, 1946. https://youtu.be/dMiHd_y1uf8 Crosby earlier that year recorded a version of Bobby Troup's song with the Andrew Sisters, which reached No. … Continue reading An alternate version of “Route 66” by Bing Crosby

Wildfire forces evacuation of Winona

A fast-moving brush fire Sunday near the Route 66 village of Winona, Arizona, forced a six-hour evacuation and prompted the arrest of one resident. The Arizona Daily Sun newspaper, based in nearby Flagstaff, reported Steve A. Carter, 54, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of felony endangerment, felony criminal damage and misdemeanor reckless burning. … Continue reading Wildfire forces evacuation of Winona

Former AC/DC singer gets his kicks

The rock-music world was abuzz last week when this video surfaced of former AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson showing up at Mick Fleetwood's restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, to sing "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" during a jam session. The song begins about the 1:40 mark after some chitchat: https://youtu.be/dCM4EspPBp4 The reason Johnson's performance caused … Continue reading Former AC/DC singer gets his kicks

Cynthia Troup’s role in “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”

The story behind the now-iconic song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" is Bobby Troup and his wife, Cynthia Troup, were traveling west on that highway to California in 1946 when she came up with the line "Get your kicks on Route 66." Bobby Troup finished the rest of the song, pitched it to Nat … Continue reading Cynthia Troup’s role in “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”

Tom Petty, R.I.P.

Word came down late Monday that rock 'n' roll legend Tom Petty died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Southern California home. He was 66. I'll let others wax poetic about his marvelous career, including one of my favorite music writers at the Chicago Tribune. But it's almost a given Tom Petty and his … Continue reading Tom Petty, R.I.P.

George Strait concert booked in Tulsa with a Route 66 twist

The BOK Center in Tulsa announced Monday that country-music superstar George Strait would perform a concert there June 2, 2018. But it's not just any concert. Strait retired from touring a few years ago and plays only a handful of dates annually. He's booked only two shows in 2018, so this will be a hot … Continue reading George Strait concert booked in Tulsa with a Route 66 twist