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Paul McCartney Route 66 Songs

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2:05 p.m. Aug. 8----
I have some road tune ideas for Paul McCartney's home stretch down Route 66.
But first here's an interesting comment from roadie Carolyn Hasenfratz, who writes: "On the McCartney Years DVD set, in the commentary section, Sir Paul said that his song "Helen Wheels" was intended to be a British version of Route 66. The tune is nothing like it, but the lyrics mention place names in England like Route 66 mentions place names in America. Maybe he's been thinking about doing this for a long time. "Helen Wheels" is from 1973. To read lyrics to "Helen Wheels: go to:

"Helen Wheels" was the name he called his Land Rover, according to legend.
If Sir Paul catches this report, here's my Route 66 Road Mix he might consider (in east to west geographical order):

"Route 66," Nat King Cole Trio
"66 Highway Blues," Steve James
"Out on the Road," Jimmy Rogers (Chicago)
"Promised Land," Chuck Berry (St. Louis)
"Long Way From St. Louis," June Christy (native of Springfield, Ill.)
"Big Town," Ronnie Self (rockabilly from Springfiled, Mo.)
"Hoppin' In Joplin," Mary Ann Price
"Crazy Mama," J.J. Cale (Tulsa)
"Ballad of Hollis Brown," Leon Russell (Tulsa)
"Never Been To Spain," (but I've been to Oklahoma, Three Dog Night)
"One O' Clock Jump," Count Basie (Oklahoma City)
"So Let's Rock," Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
"Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas)," Jimmie Rodgers
"Amarillo By Morning," George Strait
"By The Time I Get To Phoenix," Glen Campbell
"It Was I," Skip and Flip (Southern Arizona)
"3 Girls Named Molly," Johnny Otis (Los Angeles).

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Dave: Sorry, I meant the Bobby Troup song done by the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole and many others that has the lyrics "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." Paul's MPL Communications owns the publishing rights to the song.

STEVE: Good fact. I did not know that. I hope he is taking pictures and gathering stories. Keep us posted, Dave

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Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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