- Tobacco Road (song)
"Tobacco Road" is a song written and first recorded by
John D. Loudermilkin 1960 that was a hit for The Nashville Teensin 1964 and has since become a standard across several musical genres.
Originally framed as a folk song, "Tobacco Road" was semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in the rough East Durham area of
Durham, North Carolina. Released on Columbia Records, it was not a hit for Loudermilk, achieving only minor chart success in Australia. Other artists, however, immediately began recording and performing the song.
The confusingly-named English group
The Nashville Teens' rendition was a bold effort featuring prominent pianoand bass drumparts set against a dual lead vocal; fellow countryman Mickie Mostproduced it with the same tough-edged-pop feel that he brought to The Animals' hits. "Tobacco Road" was a trans-Atlantic pop hit in 1964, reaching number 6 on the UK singles chart and number 14 on the U.S. singles chart. While the Teens would have further success in England, in the U.S. "Tobacco Road" became another one-hit wonderof the British Invasion.
Name = Tobacco Road
Eric Burdon & War
from Album =
Eric Burdon Declares "War"
B-side = Tobacco Road: I Have A Dream
Released = 1970
R&B, soul, funk, rap
Chart position =
Last single = "
Spill the Wine" (1970)
This single = "Tobacco Road" (1970)
Next single = "
Paint it Black" (1971)
"Tobacco Road" has been performed by a great number of other artists, often with slightly altered lyrics. Notable renditions include a soul one from
Lou Rawls, a rock one from Jefferson Airplane, Mind Garage, a lengthy 17-minute version by Edgar Winterand his band, a sample on dead prez's "Psychology", and others from Eric Burdon& War, Serbian rockbands Smakand Disciplin A Kitschme, Spooky Tooth, Status Quo, Steve Young, Love Affair, David Lee Roth, Aum, Tommy Cash, Blues Magoos, Blues Creation, Bobbie Gentry, Rare Earth, Jean-Jacques Goldman, and so on. It has been done as blues, country music, punk rock, or garage rock. In 2006 it was featured in the finale of the hit television show " American Idol", and was performed on the show by contestant Phil Staceyin 2007 and Syesha Mercadoin 2008.
* [http://www.ihesm.com/Loudermilk1.html Loudermilk fan site] - extensive history of song and recorded versions.
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