Song 62: Nat King Cole – (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66

First time that I encountered “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” was when Depeche Mode released it in 1987. As I was less than ten years old I could not correlate the continuity of music, and the continuity of this song in particular. But this version was, and still is, a great release. As time goes by I realise the significance of continuity and the evolution as a whole.

I have listened to this song by Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and the first release by Nat King Cole. It was composed by songwriter Bobby Troup in 1946. Nat King Cole was the first to record it. The song outlines the cross-country drive form Pennsylvania to California, a drive Troup with his wife made in 1941. Intially he thought of writting the ‘Higheay 40’, but Cynthia suggested the title “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. Great choice. Great song. Enjoy.