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Charlie Ryan is gone

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wayfarer, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. wayfarer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2003
    Posts: 1,790


    I just read in our local paper that Charlie Ryan, the man behind 'Hot Rod Lincoln' passed away on Saturday. He's lived here in town for a long time. If anyone is interested, his funeral is Friday at 1 and I can post the contact info if anyone wants to send a card.
  2. raffman
    Joined: Sep 28, 2005
    Posts: 658


    I'll play his "Hot Rod Lincoln" on my jukebox Fri at 1:00
  3. Bill.S
    Joined: May 5, 2004
    Posts: 449

    from NW OH

  4. side_valve
    Joined: Sep 22, 2002
    Posts: 834

    Alliance Vendor

    As a kid, that song grabbed my insides. Good journey Mr. Ryan!

  5. Fasterthanu
    Joined: Jan 26, 2008
    Posts: 66


    That is to bad, he will be missed.
  6. nexxussian
    Joined: Mar 14, 2007
    Posts: 3,240


    Dang! I never got to meet him, sad to hear he's gone regardless.
  7. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,686


    Great song. Turn it up.
    Joined: Oct 6, 2007
    Posts: 700


    Sorry to hear that. I still enjoy that song every time I hear it. Thanks, BOBBY FORD
  9. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,705

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    As a fellow who has penned a few tunes, it is amazing when that perfect mix of words come together to touch lives.

    I can't think of a song that captures the passion and attitude that is hot rodding better than"Hot Rod Lincoln"

    I never knew the man, or if he considered himself an "artist" but he painted a word picture with that song that continues to inspire young gearheads to this day.

    God Speed Charlie. And Thanks...

  10. Cargo
    Joined: Jun 18, 2007
    Posts: 232


    We should all be "drinkin" a toast. He left us a big chunk of Hot Rod history! RIP
  11. wayfarer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2003
    Posts: 1,790


    I thought about taking the afternoon off and cruising to his funeral. I never met the guy, but saw him around at local car shows quite a bit.
  12. CLSSY56
    Joined: Dec 19, 2002
    Posts: 1,219


    Charlie, you will be missed.
  13. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,892

    from Drag City

    R.I.P Charlie Ryan. The real Hot Rod Lincoln.
  14. Godspeed to the dude in the Hot Rod Lincoln
  15. k-member
    Joined: May 25, 2002
    Posts: 2,114


    Dang, he was a real cool dude and friendly as could be. RIP Charlie.
  16. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

  17. Aman
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,522

    from Texas

    Another icon gone. This has been happening way too much lately but I guess we're all getting older. I think it would be great if someone can post a little bio about the man and his car. RIP brother.
  18. nailheadroadster
    Joined: Jun 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,522


    Ya heard the story of the hotrod race that fatal day

    When the Ford an' the Mercury went out to play

    Well this is the inside story an' I'm here ta say

    I'm the kid that wasa drivin that Model A

    The song has been redone so many times but none of the other versions even compare to Charlie's. I know the whole song by heart without even hearin the music. LOL
  19. Big Tony
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 3,589

    Big Tony

    I've got that ring tone on my cell phone....RIP and Thanks for such a classic piece of history.
  20. god speed did hotrods proud!
  21. old beet
    Joined: Sep 25, 2002
    Posts: 5,750

    old beet

    Will miss a friend. R.I.P. Charlie! He entertained us many times at local car shows. He leaves behind a wonderful story tellin wife!.........OLDBEET
  22. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,381

    from New York

    I saw The Commander around Christmas. Great Show
  23. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,262


    I just now listened to that song, as I do every morning while getting my cup of coffee, and bearings on what to do today. Charlie is as much a part of hotrodding as american graffiti, HE WILL BE MISSED!!!!
  24. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    well my poor old pop said he'd start drinkin
    if I didn't stop driving that hot rod lincoln
    I wound her up and I let her go
    now I'm with the devil down here below
    I took the final turn up at grapevine hill
    I happened to meet a truck after rolling still
    I tried to cut between two headlights there
    til I found out they was a matching pair
    I lived my life over just before the crash
    every chance I ever took went by in a flash
    I smelled rubber burning and I heard gravel whine
    a little boy said charlie, end of the line
    as the crash was echoing across the plains
    they were tidying up my last remains
    boy you can say bro to yer oversized pot
    I was down here shoveling and it's mighty hot
    the devil was standing there with a pointed tail
    he was crackin a whip it was worse than jail
    he had little black horns on top of his head
    his teeth were green and his eyes were red
    He hated to see a man out of work
    He kept things stern ya couldn't shirk
    Things are really jumpin in the lower level joint
    if you didn't understand you soon got the point (ahhhhhhhh!)
    It's not dull down here he says to me
    This is the hotrod section we're full ya see
    A new batch today and more tomorrow
    that guy over there keeps yelling for laura
    (tell laura I love her)
    (ahhh shut up and keep shovelin!)
    he raced for the loot to by a ring for his chick
    he shoulda went to work cuz his tires were slick
    I was pouring on the coal, his spinners were a hummin
    I had the fire good and hot cuz I new he was a commin
    black denim trousers with an eagle on his back
    totalled out his cycle on a Cadillac
    A nash rambler guy we called second gear
    finally got it in high and he landed here
    they kept pourin into hades in a steady stream
    when I woke up from that awful dream
    I called my pop and said you can quit drinking
    cause I'm jackin up that hotrod lincoln
  25. HotRodFreak
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,935


    Charlie was truly a great guy. He always bought his model A coupe on shortened lincoln chassis to NSRA events in Spokane where I lived, and to the Top Hat Tavern on special occasions. He also came to a local beer bar in Spokane Valley that his daughter frequented where he played and sang on many Sunday afternoons. He also wrote STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD and many other country tunes.
  26. irishpol
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 689

    from Texas

    I meet Charlie back in the ninties on my way to bonneville when I stop for gas... What a gentle man:) He unloaded the coupe and took me for a ride! we hung out for about 2 hours in that parking lot talking cars & music. I came away with a pile of photos & tapes and the memory of a true gentleman hot rodder, We could learn a thing or two from how he lived his life.... Farewell friend... Gods speed!
  27. Steve Ray
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 673

    Steve Ray

    "Writer of "Hot Rod Lincoln" moves to drag race in the sky

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Charles Ryan, the Spokane man who co-wrote the hit song "Hot Rod Lincoln," has run his last road race.

    Ryan died Saturday at age 92 after a long battle with heart disease.

    "Anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting with, or working with Charlie, knew one thing: He was the REAL DEAL!" wrote Karl Bingle, a friend who operates the Web site .

    "He had the kind of spirit and personality that immediately brought a smile to your face and challenged you to live life to the fullest," Bingle wrote. "His amazing contributions to country and rockabilly music will never be forgotten."

    Ryan and W.S. Stevenson wrote "Hot Rod Lincoln" and Ryan first recorded it in 1955. It has been recorded many times since.

    Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen made it a hit in 1972, and it has been a mainstay of popular culture for decades. The song passed the 1 million-play mark in the summer of 2000, according to Broadcast Music Inc.

    Ryan was born in Graceville, Minn., on Dec. 19, 1915, grew up in Polson, Mont., and moved to Spokane in 1943. He served in the Army in World War II.

    He worked as a musician and songwriter, touring with Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton and others. He married Ruth Scheffler of Polson in 1943 and they had three children.

    The song was inspired by Ryan's commutes in his 1941 Lincoln from Spokane to play gigs at the Paradise Club in Lewiston, Idaho.

    "One night his Lincoln chased a friend's Cadillac over the Clearwater River bridge and up the Lewiston grade," the Web site said. "The telephone poles were whizzing by so fast they looked like picket fences as Charlie later referred to in his hit song."

    The song concluded with the rueful line, "Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin' if you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln!"

    Ryan's version hit the Billboard Top 100 charts in 1960 and stayed there for six months. Many versions exist, with the words often altered by each new group.

    Ryan is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

    On July 19, 2003, "Charlie Ryan Day" was celebrated in Spokane and the state of Washington.

    "Your song 'Hot Rod Lincoln' is an anthem for a generation," former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., said.

    "Charlie is a state treasure," former Gov. Gary Locke wrote. "His musical career, which began in Spokane during the early 1930's, has spanned more than six decades. This is a remarkable testimony to his ability to delight and engage audiences of all ages."

    A memorial service was set for Friday at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane."

    My older brother had the Commander Cody version on 45 rpm and used to play it for me while he had me sit in a "roadster" made of cardboard boxes. I think I was about 5 at the time.
  28. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    I saw Charlie and the A at a car show in Vancouver in the late '50's, early '60's. Great show, great car, great guy. The world is a better place for him having been here.
  29. Charlie touched us all,with those great hot rod tunes,from long ago. Charlie we will miss you.:( R.I.P.

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