Pete Bowen’s cover of a song that constantly plays in his head. Fun rock & roll…love that slide.

The El Rex-X/David Lindley version inspired.

“Mercury Blues” is a song written by K. C. Douglas and Robert Geddins, and first recorded by Douglas in 1948.The song, originally titled “Mercury Boogie,” pays homage to the American automobile, which ended production in 2010.

The song has been covered among others by the Steve Miller Band (1967, at The Monterey International Pop Festival, and 1976, on their album, Fly Like an Eagle), David Lindley (1981), the Finn Pave Maijanen (1987), Alan Jackson (1993), Meat Loaf (2003) and Dwight Yoakam (2004). Lindley’s version, from his 1981 album El Rayo-X, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Meat Loaf’s version appears as a hidden track at the end of his 2003 album Couldn’t Have Said It Better. Dwight Yoakam’s version appears on his 2002 boxed set, Reprise Please, Baby, and later on his 2004 compilation album, Dwight’s Used Records. More recently, a lively, truly blues version appeared on Jackson Browne’s “Love Is Strange” (2010), backed by David Lindley.

Rights to the song were purchased by the Ford Motor Company (who already owned the Mercury marque). Ford, in turn, used it for a television commercial featuring Alan Jackson singing his version of the song with the word “Mercury” replaced by the words “Ford Truck.”

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