Johnny Bond

Hot Rod Lincoln

Composed by Charlie Ryan / W.S. Stevenson

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hot Rod Lincoln 1965 Starday Records
No Image 1966 Starday Records
No Image 1971 Starday Records
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Dynamic House
No Image 1975 Shasta
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Cruisin' Story 1960 1988
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:46
Hot Rod: Hot Rod Cowboys 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:30
The Very Best of Johnny Bond 1998 Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:52
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:46
Hot Rods & Custom Classics 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:44
Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8 1999
Various Artists
Ace 2:45
Country Music Hall of Fame: 1999 2000 King 2:49
25 All-Time Novelty Hits 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage 2:47
Rare Surf, Vol. 6 2003
Various Artists
ATM Records 2:47
Hot Rod Lincoln [2005 Collection] 2005 Aim Records 2:58
His Best 2007 Varèse Sarabande 2:59
Pink Cadillac: Essential Rock & Roll Cruisin' 2012
Various Artists
Metro Select
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Metro Select
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
22 Stars: 22 Hits, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Gusto / Gusto Gold Records 2:26
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:49
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
Hey! Look What I Found, Vol. 5
Various Artists
City Hall / Mavis 2:47
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:49
Johnny Bond: The Extended Play Collection, Vol. 83 Cherished Records 2:47
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 8
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
No Image
Various Artists
Metro Select
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