ROUTE 90

Latest update on 07/04/2017

Artist: Clarence Garlow
Author: Clarence Garlow/Leon René
Label: Flair
Year: 1953

B-side of Crawfishin' (see there). Copied his own song rhythm in Purty Little Dolly. Route 90 is a highway across the southern USA. Runs from New Orleans over Houma, Lafayette and Crowley through Texas to California. Major stretches delayed when it became a 4-lane. In south Louisiana the original route's new number is 182.

Covers:

1958:

Chuck Berry [n°1 R&B as Sweet Little Sixteen; gets royalties for Surfin' USA, lyrics included; Chuck's intro copies Duane Eddy's Movin' n' Groovin' ('57)]

1962:

Jerry Lee Lewis [idem]

1962:

Beatles [idem, Live in Hamburg]

1963:

Beach Boys [melody in Surfin' USA; later issues showed a writing credit C. Berry/B. Wilson]

1963:

Johnny Hallyday [as Douces filles de seize ans]

1966:

Animals [as Sweet Little Sixteen]

1972:

Dick Rivers [as T'as seize ans demain]

1976:

Shakin' Stevens [as Sweet Little Sixteen]

1977:

Leif Garrett [hit GER & CH as Surfin USA]

1984:

King Biscuit Boy

1985:

Johnny Winter

1988:

Jesus & Mary Chain

1995:

Lobos

1995:

Gary Primich

1998:

Aaron Carter [hit GER & CH as Surfin USA]

2002:

Kyle Esplin [as Sweet Little Sixteen]

2008:

Rhythm Bombs

In fact the Sweet Little Sixteen & Surfin' USA melody has an even older origin: listen to the Hackberry Hop ('35) by Leo Soileau & His Three Aces, covered by cajun fiddler Harry Choates (Hackberry is a place on the old Route 90). One year before Soileau the Freres Breaux recorded the tune as T'as volé mon chapeau and another two months earlier husband and wife Joseph Falcon & Cleoma Breaux used the same melody in Ils la volet mon trancas (Bluebird - '34).

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