Burt Young shouts into his CB radio in a scene from the 1978 film Convoy, which was inspired by C.W. McCall’s hit song of the same name.
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That the 1976 song “Convoy” was created by a fictional musician is perhaps the least interesting thing about it. Attributed to singer-songwriter C.W. McCall — a character originally invented and performed by advertising executive Bill Fries for a bread company’s ad campaign — the song tells a tale of truck drivers protesting government regulations on a struggling industry. It features a conversation between them as they drive from California to New Jersey, spoken in the truckers’ inscrutable vernacular:

There’s armored cars and Interstate tanks and jeeps and rigs of every size.
Yeah, them chicken coops was full of bears and choppers filled the skies.
Well, we shot the line and we went for broke with a thousand screamin’ trucks
And 11 long-haired Friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus.

Source: NPR


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