What do you get when you add some truckin’ tunes, songs with “Bakersfield” in the title, mix in some Bee Gees and Donna Summer? Bakersfield & Beyond! We, well, Amanda, came up with a great play list for tonight’s show. We were both saddened to hear of the recent passing of the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibbs and of Donna Summer.
One of the songs we played, “MacArhur Park,” was popularized by Donna Summer and was written by Jimmy Webb, who also penned three classic songs sung by Glen Campbell: “Witchita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” However, we played the version of “MacArthur Park” sung by Waylon Jennings. How’s that for a round-a-bout tribute song to Donna Summer that has ties back to country music.
Another tribute song we played was to the Bee Gees and Robin Gibbs. “Massachusetts” was the Bee Gees first number 1 hit in the U.K. Our tribute to Robbin Gibbs found none other than Buck Owens singing a cover of this song which sold over 5 million copies for the Bee Gees.
We closed out the show with the classic Donna Summers tune “Last Dance.” I hope listeners like this song because it may get more airplay on Bakersfield & Beyond. Stay tuned!
And lest I forget, we played a beauty of a tribute song penned by none other than Dr. BLT – “Mennon Nite Fever.” This has to be among the Dr.’s finest songs.
|Tim Hus||Bakersfield Music||Bushpilot Buckaroo||Stony Plain Records|
|Red Simpson||I’m A Truck||Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield||Razor & Tie|
|JP Harris and the Tough Choices||Gear Jammin’ Daddy||I’ll Keep Calling||Cow Island Music|
|Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash||Truckstop In La Grange||Walk Alone||Texacali|
|Whiskeytown||Theme for a Trucker||Strangers Almanac (Deluxe Edition)||Outpost|
|The Byrds||Truck Stop Girl||(Untitled) /(Unissued)||Columbia/Legacy|
|Gram Parsons||Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man||Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels: Live 1973||Atlantic Records/ATG|
|Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague||Truck Drivin’ Cat With Nine Lives||Miles Away||Spinout Records|
|Ry Cooder||The Dying Truck Driver||My Name is Buddy||Nonesuch|
|Willie Nix||Truckin’ Little Woman||Southern Blues Masters||Goldenlane Records|
|The Jazz Butcher||Bakersfield||The Jazz Butcher’s Free Lunch||Rev-Ola|
|Social Distortion||Bakersfield||Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Deluxe Edition)||epitaph|
|Tom Russell||Bakersfield||Hotwalker||Red Music|
|Chris Hillman||Bakersfield Bound||Bakersfield Bound||Self Produced|
|Merle Haggard||A Bar In Bakersfield||Merle Haggard: Best of the 90’s, Vol. Two||curb|
|Fatt Katt & The Von Zippers||The Birth Of Bakersfield||That Bakerbilly Sound||Fatt Katt Music|
|The Real Nasty||Whiskey For Breakfast||Strangers and Friends||Real Nasty|
|Larry Daniels & The Buckshots||Bakersfield Steed||Bakersfield Rebels||ace|
|Gary S. Paxton||Bakersfield||Bakersfield Rebels||ace|
|Dr. BLT||Menno Nite Fever||Dr. BLT Self Produced||Self Produced|
|Waylon Jennings||MacArthur Park||The Best of Waylon Jennings||RCA|
|Buck Owens||Massachusetts||The Warner Bros. Recordings||Warner Bros|
|Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan||That’s Alright Mama||Songs from the Real America||Swingin’ Pig Records|
|Commander Cody And His Hot Lost Planet Airmen||Truck Drivin’ Man||Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites||MCA Records|
|Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen||Rip It Up||Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites||MCA Records|
|Donna Summer||Last Dance||The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer||UTV Recods|