By the time that Johnny Bond recorded "Hot Rod Lincoln," he had already established himself as a formidable country & western artist and equally prolific songwriter. While still in his twenties Bond had penned "Cimarron," one of his most memorable compositions. His music career intersected with some cinematic work at Republic Pictures in the Jimmy Wakely Trio, starring with Gene Autry in The Saga of Death Valley (1939). In 1941, he secured a deal to cut his compositions in addition to other popular country & western covers, while continuing an interest in motion pictures, accepting guest roles in Duel in the Sun (1946) and Western, Song of the Wasteland (1947). That didn't slow the pace of his successful platters, as Bond became the leader of Tex Ritter's combo for a spell. In 1960, after signing with the Autry-owned Republic Records, he turned "Hot Rod Lincoln" into a huge smash due to its undeniable novelty factor for pop and country audiences alike. The title is a fast-paced monologue set to a jumpin' rockabilly beat involving a contest between a Ford and a Lincoln. The race begins in San Pedro, CA, and ends up with the narrator being hauled into jail and his pappy uttering the renowned phrase "Boy, you're gonna drive me to drinkin' if you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln!" The single made it to number 26 in August of 1960, resulting in Bond's highest charting crossover pop hit. Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Larry Groce, Pat Travers, and the Twangbangers have all dropped the throttle on their own version of "Hot Rod Lincoln," with Commander Cody's update making it into the Top Ten in April of 1972.