The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 May 2004

Rocket "88"

According to some (Sam Phillips included), the first rock and roll record, issued in 1951 and credited to Jackie Brenston and his Dixie Cats (actually Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, for whom Brenston usually played sax). Credits aside, this was a car song — about an Oldsmobile, in fact.

Oldsmobile is no more, alas, but 88 lives on: Carnival of the Vanities #88, hosted by Spot On this week, gives you a fast read on the best of the blogs, and after all, fast was what that original Rocket 88 was all about.

Posted at 11:46 AM to Blogorrhea


When they get up to #455 you'll be able to revisit the Rocket.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:51 AM on 25 May 2004

Crazy coincidence-- I am listening to Rocket 88 right this very second!!!!!

Posted by: Donna at 2:45 PM on 25 May 2004

A woman after my own heart. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 2:52 PM on 25 May 2004

Well, some of us are crazy 'bout a Mercury. And what about the Straight-8 Pontiac?

Posted by: The Proprietor at 6:08 PM on 25 May 2004

I am semi-pleased to report that I have never owned any vehicle deemed worthy of a song.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:45 PM on 25 May 2004

Closest thing to a song for what I drive is the Simpsons jingle for Marge's SUV, the Canyonero -- warbled by none other than Hank Williams, Jr. Any songs out there about broncos are about horses, not trucks.

My wife does have an actual country song for hers, "Little Red Rodeo." But at 2˝ tons I'm not so sure about the "little" part.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:34 AM on 26 May 2004