a country music singer. He was associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives but set to music. The most famous example was his 1976 number one hit "Teddy Bear." In 1965 Sovine found his niche when he recorded "Giddy-Up Go," which, like most of his other trucker hits, was co-written by himself with Tommy Hill. It is spoken, rather than sung, as the words of an older long-distance truck driver who rediscovers his long-lost son driving another truck on the same highway. Minnie Pearl released an answer song titled "Giddy-Up Go Answer." Sovine's version of the song spent six weeks atop the country charts and crossed over to the pop charts. Other truck-driving hits followed, including:
"Phantom 309," a tale of a hitchhiker who hops a ride from a trucker who turns out to be the ghost of a man who died years ago giving his life to save a school bus full of kids from a horrible collision with his rig. This particular story was later adapted by singer/songwriter Tom Waits who performed "Big Joe and Phantom 309" during his Nighthawks At The Diner recordings. Waits' version of this song was covered by Archers of Loaf on the 1995 tribute album, Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits. Musician Steve Flett named a recording project after the song. The song was originally written and recorded by Tommy Faile
"Teddy Bear," the tale of a disabled boy who lost his truck driver father in a highway accident and keeps his CB radio base as his only companion.
"Little Joe," a tale of a trucker and his devoted canine friend which became his last big hit. Comes with splice, pads and 7 day money-back guarantee.