Today’s live performance by William Price King is of the song written in 1946 by Bobby Troup and recorded that year by Nat King Cole.. It would be covered many times in the song’s history by artists in nearly every decade including Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and more recently by Glenn Frey.
Bobby Troup and his wife were on a road trip from Pennsylvania to California where Bobby hoped to pursue the Hollywood dream as a songwriter. They packed up their car and headed west beginning on Highway 40 and then onto Route 66. Bobby originally was going to write the song about Highway 40 but it was his wife, Cynthia who suggested “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”
The song lyrics celebrate the major towns on the route including St Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Texas and Flagstaff, Arizona ending at San Bernadino, California.
Although Bobby Troup would write songs for a number of artists, his own recording career was less successful. He did however act on the small screen and was known as his role as Dr. Jo Early in the 1970s hit show ‘Emergency’.
Here is William performing ‘Route 66’
William Price King
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
You can find William’s performances that we feature each Wednesday in the following link
And the previous posts on the life and music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald here..
Part three of the Ella Fitzgerald story is this Saturday.