One of the most memorable car trips for me was our drive from Kansas to California in 1963. My father had been transferred and we were moving to California! My folks decided that the cross-country drive would be a nice vacation and a great way to see the country. I believe they may have regretted that decision afterwards because my brother - hereinafter referred to as Butthead - and I sang "California Here I Come" almost the whole trip. I think my parents wanted to kill us or at least tape our mouths shut. We were annoying little travelers, but we saw the country!
We took the famous "Mother Road", Route 66, for much of the journey as part of our trip. We stayed at motels that are now a part of history, ate at diners that were part of Americana and saw the fading glory of what had been, and still is, the most famous road in America. Roadside attractions beckoned and we stopped at them all. We saw the Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon and we bought obligatory souvenirs to mark the memories. Butthead always wanted something that would shoot or make noise, the better to bug me with during the rest of the trip.
What made this trip infinitely more "cool" for Butthead and myself was one of our favorite television shows during this time (1960 - 1964) was "Route 66". Butthead and I pretended we were Buz and Todd - we were in our Chevy (not the red Corvette but it was a Chevy!) gettin' our kicks on Route 66! When we weren't singing "California Here I Come" we were singing or humming the theme from the "Route 66" TV series. My poor, poor parents.
Here for you are some singers infinitely more pleasant to listen to performing the "Route 66" Theme:
Buz and Tod in their Red Corvette:
Here's the theme music I remember from Nelson Riddle and some of the sights I saw along the famous Mother Road:
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