We missed celebrating National Model Railroad Month on account of a personal derailment, so this week we've got a seven-song tribute to all things train. Climb aboard this rockin' express that's guaranteed to put the clickity-clack back in your step.
SONG OF THE monDAY
“All Aboard” was written and recorded by Chuck Berry for his 1963 live album Chuck Berry On Stage. The song was recorded in the studio and a dubbed live audience track was added later.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
“Peace Train” was written by Cat Stevens for his 1971 album, Teaser and the Firecat. It peaked at No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100 and became Stevens’ first Top 10 hit in the US. The singer says he wrote the song while on a train thinking about Alfred Hitchcock.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
SONG OF THE thursDAY
“Long Train Runnin’” was written by Tom Johnston and recorded by The Doobie Brothers for their 1973 album, The Captain and Me. The song hit No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100 and has become one of the band’s most popular hits.
SONG OF THE friDAY
A statement about the Holocaust, “This Train Revised” was written by Amy Ray and recorded by Indigo Girls for their 1994 album Swamp Ophelia. It is also included on their live album 1200 Curfews (1995).
SONG OF THE saturDAY
Originally titled “Midnight Plane to Houston,” Gladys Knight and the Pips recorded “Midnight Train to Georgia” for their 1973 album, Imagination. The song hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy.
SONG OF THE sunDAY
With Micky Dolenz singing lead vocals, “Last Train to Clarksville” was The Monkees' debut single. Released in 1966, it hit the top of Billboard Hot 100. Compared to The Beatles' “Paperback Writer”, “Last Train to Clarksville” was featured in seven episodes of “The Monkees” – the most for any Monkees' song. The lyrics are about a soldier. Though the band wasn't political, it was a subtle statement about the Vietnam War.