playlist compilation article
The day before Thanksgiving is supposed to be the most heavily traveled day, at least for flying. I'm thinking that lots of people travel during the entire week. As we're rapidly approaching the big day itself, I'm bringing up a Thanksgiving-theme comedy movie and putting a music wrapper around it. Planes, Trains & Automobiles. which came out in 1987, stars Steve Martin and John Candy. From the IMDB site, the short introduction states, "A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion."
The movie title is about the modes of travel that the two main characters use to get from here to there, and there, and there, …. The time setting is long before 9/11, and well before TSA. It's amazing how air travel rituals have changed. Even now, maybe especially now, who knows the next paths that air travelers follow, willingly or not?
This article focuses on music that feature the movie's three modes of travel—planes, trains, and cars. I've listed songs, artists, lyrics sites, and video sites (if possible). During my web research travels, I had encountered songs that featured additional travel modes. Having accumulated lots of references, I'm publishing two parts. For this part, take a trip down memory lane with songs that feature the movie's travel means. The second one—well, wait for it (the next article). Let's say it'll be another trip with more ways of locomotion to sing about.
|Leaving on a Jet Plane||Peter, Paul, Mary; John Denver||Click||PPM, JD||Catch the duet with John and Mama Cass Elliot.|
|Jet Airliner||Steve Miller Band||Click||SMB|
|Back in the USSR||Beatles||Click||PM; Beatels||Paul McCartney in Red Square 2003, |
Beatels—decent Aussie tribute band
|Eight Miles High||Byrds||Click||Byrds|
|Night Train||James Brown||Click||JB|
|Midnight Train to Georgia||Gladys Knight and the Pips, 2012 Yale Whiffenpoofs||Click||GK & Pips, YW||I encountered links to the Yale Whiffenpoofs during research for this article.|
|Midnight Special||Johnny Rivers||Click||JR|
|City of New Orleans||Arlo Guthrie||Click||AG younger, AG older||Arlo sounds the same after all these years.|
|Folsom Prison Blues||Johnny Cash||Click||JC|
|Fun, Fun, Fun||Beach Boys||Click||BB|
|Little Deuce Coupe||Beach Boys||Click||BB|
|Little GTO||Ronny and the Daytonas||Click||R & D|
|Hey, Little Cobra||Rip Chords||Click||RC|
|Pink Cadillac||Natalie Cole, Bruce Springsteen||Click||NC, BS|
|Hot Rod Lincoln||Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel||Click||CC, RB|
|Mustang Sally||Wilson Pickett||Click||WP|
|Sister Christian||Night Ranger||Click||NR||"You're motoring, What's your price for flight …"|
|Little Old Lady from Pasadena||Jan and Dean||Click||J & D|
|Maybelline||Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers||Click||CB, JR|
|No Particular Place to Go||Chuck Berry||Click||CB|
|Drive My Car||Beatles||Click||Beatles|
|Vehicle||Ides of March||Click||Ides|
|Cab Driver||Mills Brothers||Click||MB|
|Shut Down||Beach Boys||Click||BB|
|Dead Man's Curve||Jan and Dean||Click||J & D|
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