Convoy Novelty Song by Bill Fries and Chip Davis

Convoy Novelty Song

Convoy Novelty Song

Artist: C. W. McCall (Bill Fries)

Written by: Bill Fries and Chip Davis

Convoy (Excerpt)
Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth pullin’ logs
Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin’ hogs
We is headin’ for bear on I-one-oh
‘Bout a mile outta Shaky Town
I says, “Pig Pen, this here’s the Rubber Duck
And I’m about to put the hammer down …

Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy (1978)

Starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw

Convoy Novelty SongConvoy Original Movie Poster (1978)

Convoy Novelty Song

Written by Bill Fries and Chip Davis

Convoy is a novelty song performed by Bill Fries, under the pseudonym C. W. McCall. The song was written by Bill Fries and Chip Davis in 1975, with lyrics that capitalized on slang related to the mid-seventies citizens band (CB) radio fad.

The song spent six weeks at number one on the country charts and one week at number one on the pop charts. International audiences loved it too-the song went to number one in Canada, hitting the top of the RPM Top Singles Chart on January 24, 1976. It also reached number two in the UK.

Convoy was the inspiration for director Sam Peckinpah’s 1978 film of the same name.

Convoy Fun Fact
After the screenplay of Convoy was written, Bill Fries (also known as C. W. McCall) recorded a new version of the song, with lyrics that incorporated the characters and events of the film. This version plays during the final film credits.

Road Music: 23 Truckin Hits

Includes C. W. McCall’s Convoy

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Rubber Duck
Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Pig Pen, c’mon? Ah, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, fer shure, fer shure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon. Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy.

Convoy (1978)

Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Stand in Their Way!

Convoy Novelty SongConvoy Directed by Sam Peckinpah

CB Slang
Flag Town – Flagstaff, Arizona
Reefer – Refrigerated Trailer
Jimmy – GMC Truck
Shaky Town – Los Angeles
Front Door – Lead Truck in a Convoy
Bear or Smokey – Police Officer
Bear in the Air – Police Helicopter
Chicken Coop – Weigh Station
Sodbuster – Truck Hauling Farm Implements
Suicide Jockey – Truck Hauling Explosives

Convoy (1978)

Starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw

Convoy Novelty SongConvoy Special Edition

Rubber Duck
Ah, Rubber Duck to Sodbuster, come over. Yeah, 10-4, Sodbuster? Lissen, you wanna put that Microbus in behind that suicide jockey? Yeah, he’s haulin’ dynamite, and he needs all the help he can get.

Convoy Novelty Song

Bill Fries aka C. W. McCall Performs Convoy
The Mike Douglas Show (August 1976)

Convoy

Written by Bill Fries and Chip Davis

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Kris Kristofferson
I had a list of rules I made up one time. It says: Tell the truth, sing with passion, work with laughter, and love with heart. Those are good to start with, anyway.

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