Nat King ColeĀ  - Get Your Kicks On Route 66

First performance: 01/09/1971


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 9 times: 
 
One show, triple bill, with the five-member Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. This was an outdoor show orchestrated by Tinker West's Blah Productions. Garfield Park is located at the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Ave, near the ocean. The line-up for this show is Springsteen, Van Zandt, Sancious, Tallent and Lopez. Bruce handles all the lead vocals.
 
1972-02-25 - THE BACK DOOR, RICHMOND
The Bruce Springsteen Band
 
1973-07-18 - MAX'S KANSAS CITY, NY
(late) : performed as the result of his own shouted request from the audience. 
 
1975-08-15 - BOTTOM LINE, NY
(late)
 
1980-10-23 - OLD TIMERS' CAFÉ, SEATTLE
In town a day early, Bruce bumps into Phil Hamilton, singer for the Montana-based Lost Highway Band. Due to perform that night at Seattle's Old Timer's Cafe, Hamilton invites Bruce along. That night Springsteen ventures out of the Olympic Hotel alone in the evening, walks a couple of blocks and pays the $1 cover charge to get in and listen to the band. Sat at the end of the bar, Bruce listens to the set before borrowing a guitar and joining the band in a three-song, 15-minute set, although it's not certain that "Gloria" was played. The following night, Springsteen dedicates "The River" to the band.
 
 
1982-06-12 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
Sonny Kenn
 
1989-09-29 - MATT'S SALOON, PRESCOTT, AZ
With the Mile High Band, house band of the country-western bar. A newspaper article comments that Bruce arrived at the bar on his motorcycle before jumping on stage. He played for an hour - the band asked him to play "Pink Cadillac", but Bruce couldn't remember the words. Springsteen apparently told Mile High Band's rhythm guitarist Denny Orr that he was on vacation and on his way to the Grand Canyon. Barmaid Brenda "Bubbles" Pechanec must have made an impression - a week or so later Bruce sent her a cheque for $100,000 (some sources say $160,000) after hearing she was having some trouble with medical bills. Pechanec had just returned to work after undergoing cancer surgery. 
 
Played during a guest appearance with John Eddie. The song also featured Elliott Murphy, Greg Kihn, and Marshall Crenshaw. The song started as T. Rex's 'Get it on' but was messed-up after the first verse and Springsteen rescued the situation by transforming it into (Get your kicks on ) Route 66. Springsteen sings backup vocals on the chorus during the Get it on part and sings lead vocals during the (Get your kicks on ) Route 66 part. Murphy, Kihn, and Crenshaw had each performed a solo set that night, followed by a set by Eddie and his band. Springsteen then joined Eddie onstage, as did the three other artists, jamming together on four songs. 
 
1994-11-13 - CASTAIC LAKE, CASTAIC, CA
With Jackson Browne. Bruce takes part in the eleventh annual Love Ride charity motorcycle ride. The Love Ride is a 50-mile motorcycle caravan with tens of thousands of participants, including celebrities Proceeds from the event (this year the ride raised $1,070,000) go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The rally finished at Castaic Lake, just outside Los Angeles, where a post-race Jackson Browne concert was held. Browne performed three sets and he was joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen during the third. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" is a popular rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup. The song uses a twelve-bar blues arrangement and the lyrics follow the path of U.S. Route 66 (US 66), which traversed the western two-thirds of the U.S. from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California. Nat King Cole, with the King Cole Trio, first recorded the song the same year and it became a hit, appearing on Billboard magazine's R&B and pop charts.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway, that's best
Get your kicks on Route 66

It winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66

Now you go through Saint Louie, Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty, you'll see
Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino

Won't you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66

Won't you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66