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Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Route 66 list.............a few of my fave versions......old and new (the list follows after the vid)**

U.S. Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road") was a highway in the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year.  The famous highway originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).  It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song (written by Bobby Troup, originally recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1946, and later performed by such artists as Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Manhattan Transfer and Depeche Mode) and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, changing its path and overall length. Many of the realignments gave travelers faster or safer routes, or detoured around city congestion. One realignment moved the western endpoint farther west from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.
Route 66 was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive even with the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.
US 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System.

And, now..............a few versions of the tune named for the Mother Road herself..............just for fun, tonight :).

Route 66 1  -Nat King Cole Trio
Route 66 2  -Nat King Cole Trio
Route 66-Patti Page
Route 66-Chuck Berry
Route 66-Depeche Mode
Route 66-Dr. Feelgood
Route 66 3 Nat King Cole Trio
Route 66-John Pizzarelli
Route 66-Rolling Stones
Route 66-Manhattan Transfer
Route 66-Bobby Troup
Route 66-The Cramps
Route 66-Louis Prima
Route 66-George Maharis
Route 66-Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Route 66-Brian Setzer (live)
Route 66 Theme Song (TV)-Nelson Riddle
Route 66-Pied Pipers
Route 66-Them