The Legend-News

Monday, 2002 February 17 : Volume 5, Number 4

What We Got Here in this edition of The Legend-News.

A Mighty Big Convoy
Setting a new record.

As fans of C.W. McCall, we've all pictured in our minds the image of a "thousand screamin' trucks" as they neared the end of the mighty "Convoy". But exactly how many trucks can you fit into a convoy? Ten? One hundred? Two hundred?

World's Largest Truck Convoy 2002

Last year on June 27, the Orange County Sheriff (Orlando, Florida) sponsored a fund-raising event for the Special Olympics: an attempt to create The World's Largest Truck Convoy. Corporal Norm Schneiderhan, a deputy sheriff, organized the 2001 event, which raised $17,000. Ninety-seven trucks participated in the convoy, and Guinness World Records has recognized the event as the record in a new category.

For 2002, Schneiderhan is once again organizing the event, scheduled for July 20. The convoy will begin at the intersections of Florida state highways 434 and 408 (East-West Expressway), in the Waterford Lakes Shopping Center, and travel 16 miles west to the Central Florida Fairgrounds for a barbecue and prize give-away. The East-West Expressway will be completely shut down for the duration of the Convoy.

For information: download this brochure (PDF, 308K); or call 407.836.8675 (Corporal Schneiderhan's office; e-mail to or the Special Olympics of Florida at 800.322.4376.

TruckinWives has pictures of the 2001 World's Largest Truck Convoy.

Critter Notes
What the fans are doing.

A while back on the Other Wild Places mailing list, there was a discussion of custom CDs of C.W. McCall music, and what would you put on yours? Mark Landis told of his selections, and Ken Thompson added a few songs to that list and created his own mix CDs. Ken also created inserts for the CDs, and if you want to recreate Ken's selections, download the inserts (PDF, 596K) and make your own CDs.

A small trip through salt mine city: a page in Russian about the song "Convoy". The song lyrics are in English (just guess where this page's author got them), but the remainder of the page is definitely Cyrillic. For the trivia-minded, "convoy" in Russian is spelled something like "KOHBON" (the "N" is actually reversed left-to-right, with a breve above it).

Cary Dodson contributed a list worthy of Jeff Foxworthy: "You May Be a Red Neck Pilot If..." The C.W. McCall-relevant item was "You refer to flying formation as 'we've got us a convoy.'" And archy pointed us to more truckin' humor at Memphis Flyer Interactive (which has nothing to do with aviation), in a column by Chris Davis: "Pour Me Another Cup Of Coffee: The true confessions of a truck-drivin' man".

By the way, Dave Dudley has a new album of trucker-only tunes: American Trucker. It's been available since last November, but we're just getting around to mentioning it.

Mike Nicolen, whose CD "Mike Nicolen" was reviewed here (The Legend-News, 2002 October 8), is feeling a bit down due the death of Waylon Jennings, and we're not feeling too good ourselves. However, Mike liked our review (of course) and he's added it to his web site.

And Eric Williams was wondering, "what's the most underrated song by C.W. McCall?" that should have been a 'greatest hit' but isn't. His choices were "Wilderness", followed by "Glenwood Canyon" and "Old 30". Greg Hembree votes for "Old Glory", while the staff of The Legend-News picks "Oregon Trail".

Old Home Café
Back where it all began

C.W. McCall continues his week of co-hosting Music City U.S.A. with T. Tommy Cutrer, November 1975. This selection is from Wednesday's show, November 19.

[T. Tommy] You know who your little wife — what do you call her? R.W.?

[C.W.] No, R.J.

[T. Tommy] You know who R.J. looks like to me? A young version of Mary Rees Davis.

[C.W.] Well, now let me take a look at her. Yeah...

[T. Tommy] Does R.J. laugh out loud a lot?

[C.W.] Yeah.

[T. Tommy] Mary will just cackle. She's worse than Eddy Arnold. She's a female Eddy Arnold laugher. When Eddy laughs, you can hear him laugh three blocks away.

[C.W.] R.J.'s a laugher. She laughs hard when she laughs. She's tryin' to keep quiet now.

[T. Tommy] How you doin' now, R.J.?

[R.J.] Fine, fine.

[T. Tommy] She talks Southern, y'know: "fine, fine". Where'd you find R.J.?

[C.W.] Southern Pottawattamie County, actually. Up there by Council Bluffs? She's an Omaha girl.

[T. Tommy] This story about "Write Me A Song": now the title of this sounds like something Tom T. Hall would write.

[C.W.] Well, it's a pretty simple little song, kinda one of those ones that you can sing along with. But it doesn't go too much of anywhere; it's one that we put on the album because we write all of our own material, but now we're askin' for new material from other writers, so that's what it says: write me a song, but don't write me a sad song. Write me a song that's well, you gotta listen to the record.

[T. Tommy] You're seriously lookin' for someone to write you another one.

[C.W.] We're doin' all ourselves, but there's gonna come a time when we're gonna need some help. So if you're gonna write me a song, write it this way.

[T. Tommy] It's got a be a funny song, though.

[C.W.] Yeah, we kinda like 'em that way.

Song A’ Th’ Week
Words without music. Call 'em poems.

Most musical acts don't write all of the material that they perform. The members of the act may pen a song or two, and fill the remainder of an album with compositions from professional songwriters. Even James Taylor, one of the best examples of the singer/songwriter, didn't write all of the songs that he recorded.

All of the compositions on the first four albums by C.W. McCall (Wolf Creek Pass, Black Bear Road, Wilderness, Rubber Duck) were written by Bill Fries and Chip Davis. As this week's installment of Old Home Café indicates, Bill realized that he couldn't write every song. But he was going to record songs that were written by others, he wasn't going to settle for the standard country themes of drinkin' and cheatin'.

Write Me A Song
(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
From the album Black Bear Road

Write me a song about singin'
Write me a song about free
Do a little tune about lovin' and a-livin'
Do it just for me

But please don't make it a sad song
I don't wanna sing the blues
For god's sakes make it a glad song
I got no time to lose

Now, write me a song about rivers
Write me a song about trees
Do a little tune about climbin' the mountain
Play it in the key of me

But please don't make it a sad song
I don't wanna sing the blues
For god's sakes make it a glad song
I got no time to lose

Lay a little get-down rhythm
Sprinkle in a dash a' soul
Mix it with a little bit a' breakdown country
Plus a lot a' Rock an' roll

But please don't make it a sad song
I don't wanna sing the blues
For god's sakes make it a glad song
I got no time to lose

Well, write me a song about summer
Write me a song about sun
Do a little tune about good times
Do it just for fun

But please don't make it a sad song
I don't wanna sing the blues
For god's sakes make it a glad song
I got no time to lose

The Legend-News is Copyright 2002 TechRen Enterprises. "Okay, this was not in the movie." Thanks to Bill Fries and Chip Davis for the words and music.