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What We Got Here

The weather here in McHenry, Illinois is still way too summery for my liking, but the forecast does show a probably of cooler temperatures this week (especially at night!). I may not need to drink a gallon of water everyday.

Remastered at Last

Remember six months ago, when I mentioned that there was a secret project in progress? Well, the cat escaped from the burlap and here’s the skinny: Wolf Creek Pass, an album of 26 remastered tracks from the original LPs by C.W. McCall, will be available on August 21. Here’s what’s on it:

  1. Wolf Creek Pass
  2. Night Rider
  3. Classified
  4. Old 30
  5. I’ve Trucked All Over This Land
  6. Four Wheel Drive
  7. Rocky Mountain September
  8. Old Home Filler-up an’ Keep on a-Truckin’ Cafe
  9. Sloan
  10. Glenwood Canyon
  11. Convoy
  12. Black Bear Road
  13. The Silverton
  14. Lewis and Clark
  15. Oregon Trail
  16. Ghost Town
  17. Wilderness
  18. Riverside Slide
  19. Crispy Critters
  20. There Won’t Be No Country Music (There Won’t Be No Rock ’N Roll)
  21. Silver Iodide Blues
  22. Aurora Borealis
  23. ’Round The World With A Rubber Duck
  24. Nishnabotna
  25. Camp Bird Mine
  26. Niobrara

For the record: tracks 1 through 10 are the original LP of Wolf Creek Pass, complete, in their original order; tracks 11 through 16 are from the LP Black Bear Road; tracks 17 through 22 are from C.W.’s third LP, Wilderness; and tracks 23 through 26 from the fourth LP, Rubber Duck.

Several of these tracks were re-recorded for the 1990 CD release, The Real McCall: An American Storyteller; but “Old 30”, “I’ve Trucked All Over This Land”, “Sloan”, “Lewis and Clark”, “Oregon Trail”, “Riverside Slide”, “Silver Iodide Blues”, “Nishnabotna”, and “Niobrara” have never been available on any audio CD.

A big thank you to David Thrussell of Omni Recording Corporation for this release, because he obviously appreciates good music. Check out the catalog on the Omni site and you’ll find a lot of good albums.

Just in case you want to buy a copy (and if you don’t, why are you reading this?), you can pre-order it at Amazon.

The First “Convoy” Video?

Critter David Frederick spotted a new C.W. McCall music video on YouTube, and it’s one that you probably haven’t seen before.

The song is “Convoy”; it features C.W. (Bill Fries himself) behind the wheel of a big rig, living the lyrics of the song. It’s not as exciting as the motion picture, but most of the words of the song have pictures to go with them.

C.W. Sightings

If you missed it, a Canadian convoy.

Critter Greg Lucke was out in Colorado, visiting Ouray, and I got this message:

We are sitting in the Main Street Theatre listening to Wolf Creek Pass and waiting for the San Juan Odyssey to start.

But just before we bought the tickets, guess who we ran into coming out of the Ouray Post Office?

Yep, Bill.

A sighting by C.W.: a collection of photographs of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, on the Denver Post site.

New Critters On The Block

Larry Coffman of Possum Trot, Kentucky. He found an old cassette and it brought back the good memories.

Gorden Keyler

Larry Waggoner, who found a copy of American Spirit, and it got him thinking.

Lon Hardy, a Colorado boy who went to college in Nebraska.

Blake Bogs and his Dad

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Bloomfield to Baghdad, the latest novel from Tom Claffey.

American Spirit and The Real McCall: An American Storyteller, a two-album bundle from American Gramaphone.

Alan Chafin is selling books from his personal library.

The latest review on The Thinking Chick’s Guide: The English Patient (1996).

Gone 10-7

Ernest Borgnine — Sheriff Lyle ‘Cottonmouth’ Wallace in the 1978 movie Convoy — died on July 8, at the age of 95.

Previously, in The Legend-News

From the 1999 June 7 issue of The Legend-News.

Previously, in The Legend-News

In January of 1976, “Convoy” reached number one on the Billboard popular and country music charts. C.W. McCall fever was sweeping America, and “Convoy” was arguably the most over-played song on the Top 40 list.

In 1978 the “trucking craze” was still going strong. To the real truckers this infatuation meant little, because the 55 mile per hour speed limit was still in effect.

But to the general public, trucking was entertainment. On television there was “Movin’ On” (1974 to 1976), which chronicled the adventures of Sonny Pruitt and Will Chandler. At the movies you could see “White Line Fever” (1975), “Truck Stop Women. (1974), “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977), and of course the favorite movie of this web site, “Convoy” (1978).

Truck Directin’ Man

When you think of truck movies, “cheap” and “cheesy” are the usual adjectives that spring to mind, but “Convoy” wasn’t either. It wasn’t a terrific film, and the acting was a bit lame, but it had a Big Name Director: Sam Peckinpah, best know for his 1969 bloodfest “The Wild Bunch”.

The plot of “Convoy”: The Man, in the form of Sheriff Lyle (Ernest Borgnine), busts a trucker with the handle of “Spider Mike”, thereby incurring the wrath of the just-trying-to-do-our-job truckers lead by “Rubber Duck” (Kris Kristofferson). The storyline somewhat parallels the original song by C.W. McCall, including a climactic armed confrontation between the truckers and the National Guard. As they say in the Great White North, “it blowed up real good”.

To distinguish between the original song and the movie’s version, the movie version is called “Convoy (new version)”. And the song as presented in the movie isn’t the same as the song on the soundtrack album, Music From the Motion Picture “Convoy”. The “extra” stanza is included below; it’s the one that begins “Texas dawn and the charge was on”. It was probably omitted because with that stanza, the song doesn’t flow as well and the final two lines are a repetition of the final two lines of the preceeding stanza, “New Mexico on I-four-oh”.

But as movies go, “Convoy” isn’t a waste. It’s not a great Peckinpah film, but it does have heroes, villains, trucks, cops, and explosions; everything that goes into the making of a good motion picture.

And if you notice any physical resemblance between Kris Kristofferson and Frank Converse (Will Chandler of “Movin’ On”), well, that’s just a coincidence.

Song A’ Th’ Month

The revised adventures of the Rubber Duck.

Convoy (new version)
(C.W. McCall, B. Fries, C. Davis)

From the album Music From The Motion Picture “Convoy”.

[On the CB]
Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Love Machine? Ah, 10-4, Pig Pen, fer shure, fer shure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Taco Town. Yeah, we definitely got us the front door, good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy...

Film reel Arizona, noon, on the seventh of June
When they highballed over the pass
Bulldog Mack with a can on back
And a Jaguar haulin’ ass
He’s ten on the floor, stroke an’ bore
Seatcover’s startin’ ta gain
Now beaver, you a-truckin’ with the Rubber Duck
An’ I’m about ta pull the plug on your drain

’Cause we got a little ol’ convoy
Rockin’ through the night
Yeah, we got a little ol’ convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
’Cross the U-S-A

[On the CB]
Ah, breaker, Pig Pen, this here’s the Duck, again, and ah you wanna back off on them go-go girls? 10, roger, ’bout five mile or so. Yeah, them hogs is gettin’ in-tense up here.

New Mexico, on I-four-oh
Like a Texas lizard on glass
One thousand pedals was mashin’ the metal
Them bears was a-walkin’ the grass
We trucked all day and we trucked all night
Big Benny improvin’ our style
We could tell by the smell
We was headin’ for Hell
And the Devil was Dirty Lyle

’Cause we got a great big convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a great big convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
’Cross the U-S-A.

[This next verse appears only in the movie itself; it’s not in the song on the soundtrack album.]

Texas dawn and the charge was on to the pits of Alvarez town
We had nine of our best comin’ outta the west
And the ultimate hammer was down
Yeah, speed-trap city and we showed no pity
’Cause the whole damn place was a pile
We could tell by the smell it was trucker’s hell
And the devil was Dirty Lyle

[On the CB]
Ah, now here’s the plan, Pig Pen. When we get to the pass, we’re gonna put on our fish costumes, pass out the Vaseline® an’ an extra ration a’ rum for the men. That should do it.

Now Lyle was a creep
He was tacky and cheap
But he had him a badge an’ a gun
He hated the Duck and he hated his truck
And he loved to bust truckers for fun
So he followed the line
And he bided his time
And he watched for his chance to strike
Then he picked on a trucker
Yeah, a wiry ol’ sucker
Yeah, the trucker they call Spider Mike
But the great Rubber Duck
Sorta run outta luck
When he crossed that final bridge
There’s choppers and rigs full’a guns an’ pigs
They’s wall-to-wall on the ridge
He showed no fear as he grabbed his gear
An’ he stuck it in grandaddy low
Them guns went boom
An’ his ass went zoom
An’ the Mack took a terminal blow

[On the CB]
Ah, how ’bout ya, Big Nasty, c’mon there. Say, listen, Big Nasty, we sure are glad you was along on this here run ta kick ass, dontcha know? Ah, 10-4, I know you can’t say "kick ass" on the CB. Back.

Well, that big black Mack stopped dead in her tracks
When the trailer blew high in the air
There was pieces of truck and some pieces of Duck
And junk and debris everywhere
Then the rig took a drink an’ commenced to sink
And there was no Duck no more
But that evil smile from Dirty ol’ Lyle
Shone south from the north Texas shore

’Cause we got a mighty convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a mighty convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
’Cross the U-S-A.

Convoy! Ah, 10-4,
Convoy! Pig Pen, what’s your twenty? Omaha? Well,
Convoy! they oughta know what to do with them hogs out there fer shure. Well, listen, good buddy,
Convoy! keep the bugs off’n your glass and the bears off’n your ass. We’ll
Convoy! catch you on the flip-flop. This here’s the Rubber Duck on the side. Southbound an’ down.
Convoy! We gone. ’Bye,’bye.

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