(above) Route 66 Travel Mat #1: Chicago to Springfield, MO (click map twice for full size, approx. 1300 x 1800). Mats copied from http://roadsidephotos.sabr.org. Click on the maps once or twice to enlarge.
Route 66 Travel Mat #2: Springfield, MO to Shamrock, TX
Route 66 Travel Mat #3: Shamrock, TX to Los Angeles
1913 Maps: Gallup, NM to Los Angeles, CA
The site Bygone Byways posted a set of 15 pages, mostly maps, covering the far western end of Route 66 from Gallup to Los Angeles, copied from the 1913 Arizona Good Roads Association’s Illustrated Road Maps and Tour Book. The blog title is a link to the set of maps. An example (1044 X 2048 pixels):
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 (Bobby Troup) – Troup composed the song in 1946.
Excerpts from the Wikipedia song profile:
It was first recorded in the same year by Nat King Cole…The song’s lyrics follow the path of the U.S. Route 66 highway, which used to run a long distance across the U.S., going from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California. The title was suggested to Troup by his first wife, Cynthia.
Troup conceived the idea for the song while driving west from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California, and the lyrics — which include references to the U.S. highway of the title and many of the cities it passes through — celebrate the romance and freedom of automobile travel. In an interview he once said the tune for the song, as well as the lyric “Get your kicks on Route 66,” came to him easily, but the remainder of the lyrics eluded him. More in frustration than anything else he simply filled up the song with the names of towns and cities on the highway.
The lyrics read as a mini-travelogue about the major stops along the route, listing several cities and towns that Route 66 passes through, viz. St. Louis, Missouri; Joplin, Missouri; Oklahoma City. Oklahoma; Amarillo, Texas; Gallup, New Mexico; Flagstaff, Arizona; Winona, Arizona; Kingman, Arizona; Barstow, California; and San Bernardino, California.
Nat King Cole and his Trio — 1946
Bing Crosby & the Andrew Sisters with Vic Schoen and his Orchestra, 1946
Nat King Cole and his Trio – Snader telescription, titled Route 66, 1951
Harry James and his Orchestra, vocal: Gordon Polk — from the 1955 Columbia label LP Jazz Session, CL 669
Patti Page — from the 1958 LP
Chuck Berry – (non-single) originally released on his 1961 LP “New Juke Box Hits” (mono)
Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses – from the 1961 LP “Prima calls for the listeners/dancers to do the Twist, the name of a dance inspired by (and the dance craze set off by) Chubby Checker’s 1960 recording of The Twist, a single which topped the charts twice in separate runs in 1960 and 1962.
Bobby Troup Quintet – from “The Julie London Show”, Japan, May 1964 — The composer and his band lay down a tight version of the song.
Iza Zając & Jarosław Małys – Jazz Bratysława Festiwal, 2008(?)
Big Friendly Jazz Orchestra — 2008(?), “in their club house, with a guest pianist” says the provider. The name BFJO is evidently another name for the Takasago High School Jazz Band from Takasago, Japan. (replaced with HD version, 30 Nov 2013)
Lawanda Smith Jazz Quartet at the Nile Club in Bakersfield, California – posted 31 December 2009
David Matthews and Friends – date unknown; posted (Youtube) 17 August 2009
“A group of Musicians affiliated with the MJO play Dave’s arrangement of this classic piece of Americana. With Carolyn Leonhart Vocals, Chris Hunter Saxophone, Eddie Gomez Bass, Haru Takauchi Guitar, Rob Bargad Piano, Terry Silverlight Drums and the Manhattan Strings.”
Route 66 – The Marathon Tour – by Greene HD Productions
Episode 1 (of 14)
Description at Vimeo (uploaded 23 May 2009),
Take a trip across the country and back in time. Discover the America of years gone by on historic Route 66. Called the Main Street of America, it linked East and West for nearly 60 memorable years and became part of our national folklore in the process.
This is episode one of our very successful 14 part series that covers The Mother Road in detail. The DVD set can be found at most major DVD retail outlets.
Route 66 – Official Associations (from the Oklahoma Route 66 Association)
|Oklahoma (this site)||www.oklahomaroute66.com|
|National Historic Route 66 Federation||www.national66.org|
|Route 66 Corridor Preservation (Nat’l Parks Service)||www.cr.nps.gov/rt66
|Route 66 Preservation Foundation||www.cart66pf.org|
|Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project||www.illinoisroute66.org|
|Oklahoma Dept of Transportation||www.okladot.state.ok.us/memorial/route66/route66.htm|
Route 66 tour, state-by-state:
- Route 66: The Main Street of America @ Bygone Byways
Route 66 photos:
- Route 66: The Signs of 66 — state by state, at roadsidephotos.sabr.org
- Flickr: The Route 66 Neon Signs Pool — 2,081 photos (as of 17 Feb 2013)
Selected Route 66 links:
- http://www.national66.org/ website of the National Historic Route 66 Federation
- http://www.cart66pf.org/ Route 66 Preservation Foundation
Bobby Troup and Julie London feature pages at Songbook:
- Route 66 - 1946
- The Three Bears - 1946
- Baby, Baby All the Time - 1946
- Bobby Troup Sings Troup
- Julie London Sings Bobby Troup, 1955-1967 recordings