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BARRIE, CANADA - JULY 2: Randy Bachman performs during "Live 8 Canada" on July 2, 2005 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. (Photo by Donald Weber/Getty Images)

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Bachman-Turner Overdrive: “Roll On Down the Highway”

The Hook: The band had the image of truckers, so they wrote a song to go with it.

Album: Not Fragile

Year: 1974

Writers: Rob Bachman and Fred Turner

Stats:
Drove to number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: BTO guitarist Randy Bachman explains how the idea for “Roll On Down the Highway” came about.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s Randy Bachman on “Roll On Down the Highway.” OC:…and stuff. :27

“‘Roll On Down the Highway’ was written by my brother Rob and Fred Turner and I helped them with a little bit of the format. But we always had the image, I guess because of the name Overdrive, which we got from a truckers’ magazine, of being truckers and blue collar workers and we were always big guys. And ‘Roll On Down the Highway’’s kind of our epitome of a song for a trucker rolling down the highway, getting in the truck and avoiding the police, who were out there trying to give you a speeding ticket and stuff.”