After 35 year years of resenting my ‘one hit wonder’ status, I’m taking my friend John Williams‘ advice to embrace the Driver 67 ‘brand’.
With over half a million YouTube hits for Car 67 (about the same number of singles it sold) I finally have to admit I might have done something quite good…
And since I’m still writing and recording, I decided to blog about songwriting and my life in music.
Each week in 2014, I will put up a different song – usually my own, but occasionally by others – and once a month I will ‘release’ a new recording of a new song via this blog.
By the end of the year, there will be 12 new songs – an album’s worth. Depending on how successful the blog has been, I might then release these songs as an album.
For now, I’m putting this online to help me get the blogsite right.
If you come across the blog before it officially launches in mid-January, please let me know whether you’ll come back for the real thing. And leave any comment you feel like making.
See you in January, 2014.
Fabuloso! I’m immensely moved; Welcome Back Driver 67, George
Pretty good Paul, i like the ‘rock and roll ‘ feel to the song , showing my age i suppose , as you are !
If it was not free i may have bought it , sorry
Steve (Codsall Wolverhampton)
Liked that Paul. If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought that you were a privileged little bugger – 1st tv in 53? Mine was in 63!!!! Nice song – different & catchy. xx
First tv in 53 is a general comment on the televising of the Coronation. Up till then only rich people had a telly. I think it was around 1960 that we had one at our house.
Your new blog is not only great but makes very interesting reading . Back in the fifties when I was a child I lived in a cul-de-sac of 60 houses. My father was the only one to own a car (an old Ford). That’s my claim to fame!
Great track Paul, so many interesting sonic things on it, love the Elvis section, that Double Bass, fab! Vocals sound cool now, by the way, hope it starts up a wonderful new phase for The Driver.
welcome back Paul 😀 – perhaps an inspiration for a song – what’s happened to the people from the Car 67 song – you could call it “Memories of a Yellow Cortina” (from the one featured on TOTP)
36 years have passed, the ‘young lady’ is now in her 50’s … the rest is up to you 😀
would love to hear the finished result 😀
The reunion to include the Brummie “Controller”, and the other wondrous musicians, haired as to the time.
I don’t know if Paul was actually Six-Seven in his cabbing days, whence the song was partially drawn; I was “Victor Five Four” when I was a Delta Despatch motorcycle courier on my Commando 850, c 1978…….
That’s what one does with one’s Oxford Degree in Physics and Philosophy – and yes I did read Leonard Pirsig’s “Zen and The Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance”, else I would not have learned about “Gumption Breaks”.
You might have realised that a Mott the Hoople story would hook me in?Fantastic. Looking forward to the rest of the year especially if Loudon Wainwright III is included somewhere!! Martin.
I have two grandkids in America. I have sent their mother tapes and cds over the years of records that have meant something to me. Car 67 was on one of those recordings. My 4 year old grandson, Toby, loves the record and very often requests it in the car. The two year, old manages to say “Car 67” as it comes on. An extra bonus for Toby, is that he thinks it sounds like me. I am from Walsall, West Midlands. Toby will just start singing it occasionally, mangling the words and in a broad Maine accent, but very cute. I love the idea of two little kids loving this record. Another of Toby`s favourites, that he keeps singing, is the old Morecambe and Wise thing “Boom ooh yatta ta ta”. I am thousands of miles away from them but love influencing them like this. Kevin Bennett
What a lovely story. We never did crack the American charts – maybe your offspring can do an indie cover when they’re older! By the way, since you’re from Walsall, and ‘a certain age’, did you ever know a musician called Rob Noakes (not Rab, from Scotland, but Rob from Walsall)?