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You've Heard Of Jalopies: The First Ever Rock-n-Roll Song

March, 1951: A very young Ike Turner pens and records a fast R&B song about hooning it up behind the wheel of a big V8-powered Detroit chariot, the song is released under the fictitious band name of 'Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats,' and rock-n-roll is born, leading inexorably to Ted Nugent. Well, actually, some say that Ike ripped off the 1948 Jimmy Liggins song 'Cadillac Boogie' with his tune, but we'll leave that debate to the music historians. The important question here is: to which GM division is Ike's song dedicated? Sorry, this isn't the original 1951 recording, but there are some nice cars in the video.


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The first reference to a car in a song that I remember to this day is "I got a hot-rod Ford and a two-dollar bill...And I know a spot right over the hill. There's soda pop and the dancin's free, So if you wanna have fun come along with me..." by Hank Williams in "Hey Good Looking." I can't remember who did "Hot Rod Lincoln," but I sure remember Bo Diddley's "Cadillac" and the "Thunder Road" movie theme! Don't tell Clarkston, but these are songs of the South.