The letter from Mr. G. A. Shaw entitled “Can You Remember Motoring Songs?” stirred any memory once again. Perhaps readers will remember some of the many songs written about the “‘T” Ford: —
“Let’s Take a Ride in the Jittery Bus,” “The Little Ford Rambled Right Along,” “Gasolene Gus and his Jittery Bus.” “I didn’t Raise my Ford to be a Jittery,” and so on. However, Ford was not the only make of car to feature in song titles. “In my Mercer Racing Car,” by J. S. Meek and A. Christensen, came on the scene about 1914 and later on “Take me on a Buick honeymoon,” by Ben Black and Art Hickman, swept America.
Mr. Shaw mentions that the earliest of any note first came to the public in 1905, but a great many more of equal merit were in fact published before, for instance: “Love in an Automobile,” by A. R. Dixon, first, appeared in 1809: “My Automobile Girl,” by B. J. Morris, in 1900; and “My Auto Lady,” by G. S. Atkins, in 1901.
Considering the fact that at least 100 songs have been written pertaining to motor cars, I foresee a large following to this new subject, and I look forward to reading other readers’ contributions.
I am, Yours, etc.,
M. J. Williams.
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