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When wheels made music and lyrics

| Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on November 19, 2015

Inspiring models: This pink Cadillac model at London’s Hamleys toy store was expected to be one of the top ten Christmas choices in 2013.   -  Reuters

A 1964 model Ford Mustang vintage car at a 2007 ESPN-Star Sports Annual Drive in New Delhi REUTERS, ANU PUSHKARNA   -  Reuters

Cars personified as women, women personified as cars, power, wealth, road trips, just driving – many are the themes that people have written and sung about in songs that mention cars and their various brands. A young Bob Dylan sang of his Buick 6 as a woman in this 1965 blues number, while Prince’s Little Red Corvette is about a woman who “love 'em and leave 'em fast” and tells her “You need to find a love that's gonna last”. Then there’s Bruce Springsteen’s Pink Cadillac, his second song to mention the brand. It came after Cadillac Ranch. Mustang Sally, which stemmed from a drummer in singer Della Reese’s team who wanted a Mustang instead of the Lincoln she was planning to buy him, was recorded by Mack Rice in 1965. Hot Rod Lincoln by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, is a defining song for hot rod fans in the 1950s.

Published on November 19, 2015
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