Fast Talkin' Mothertrucker





:: C.W. McCall - Lewis And Clark ::

When I was a real little kid, there was a series of ads for the local bakery, Old Home, that featured a fast talking, downhome character who was always hanging out at the The Old Home Filler-Up-an'-Keep-On-a-Truckin' Cafe. I couldn't stand those ads, and I think I grew to pretty much loathe all things country and trucker. Being in Iowa, it was pretty hard to avoid either one. Negatory, good buddy. I even had a babystitter whose husband not only listened to the music, but actually drove a truck and had a CB in his rig, and in their friggin' dining room. I completely expected to hear Teddy Bear's pitiful little voice coming over the radio at some point.

Well, times change and genres come full circle and are interesting all over again. Nowadays I like just about every type of music, but I have a surprising fondness for trucker music. Turns out the guy who did the Old Home commercials was William Fries, an ad exec from Omaha who later created an alter ego by the name of C.W. McCall. He's best known for the classic truckin' tune Convoy, which inspired the 1978 Peckinpah film of the same name. This practically Methamphetamine-fueled ditty appears on the same 1975 record as Convoy, and even though I'd probably heard Convoy a hundred times, it took hearing this song for me to realize it was the same guy from the Old Home commercials. I almost want to put up the lyric sheet so you can keep up, but shucks, where's the fun in that? I'm pullin' the plug, over.


Tony
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 5:05:00 PM

I've always heard the rumor that CW McCall was the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller. I've heard this from a few people, if not true does anyone know how this got started? Has anyone else ever heard this? Also, my friend had a recording studio in which the Ampex machine (or whatever it's called) and the board were sold to him by a guy who claimed it was the same board that Convoy was recorded on (maybe he also owned Jon Voight's car). Unfortunately it was ruined in a flood.    



Friday, December 30, 2005 9:05:00 AM

CB's...those were the days. My next door neighbor had a cb and we could hear his side of the conversation through our stereo speakers. He was kind of an idiot.    



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