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WCSX Classic Cuts : Roll On Down the Highway

WCSX Classic Cuts

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

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.”

Bachman & Turner - Roll On Down The Highway (LIVE) - Rama, Ontario

Bachman & Turner performing Roll On Down The Highway at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario -- August 26, 2010.