Car Tunes: Pontiac Blues
Sonny Boy Williamson w/ The Animals & The Yardbirds

In the early 1960s, as pop-music influenced doo-wop, soul and R&B became more popular than traditional blues, many blues musicians gravitated to Europe where they could still get work. In England they were embraced by a generation of young musicians that would later form the nucleus of what we now call the “British invasion”. Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) was one of those blues masters who kept his career alive in the UK, and as a result we have a couple of historically interesting recordings of Pontiac Blues, one with Sonny Boy backed by The Animals and another backed by the Eric Clapton era Yardbirds. I picked this song for this week’s Car Tunes because our Vintage Cars In Vintage 3D and Antique Auto Advertising posts today have put me in a pre-WWII state of mind and Sonny Boy II originally recorded Pontiac Blues in 1938.

Lyrics after the jump.

Pontiac Blues (Rice Miller Williamson)

I found out,
What my baby likes.
I found out,
What my baby likes.
She likes a whole lot of loving,
And a straight-eight Pontiac.

We gonna get on the highway,
And cut the bright lights on.
Get on the highway,
Got the bright lights on.
Turn the radio on,
Dig that voice from the North.

Oh,
[?]
Yes baby I know.
[?]
With your head in my chest,
[… in my bed ?]

We gonna move,
down highway 49.
We gonna move,
down the highway 49.
She got her head in my chest,
Sonny, ain’t this fine.

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Sonny Boy Williamson w/ The Animals & The Yardbirds

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