Eddie Kendrick’s – “Keep on Truckin”

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The 70’s were something special and oh what fun it was to hear the latest songs released. I still remember when this song hit the radio and all of the teenagers as well as adults went wild! I can still remember some of the funky dances back then, even though I was never quite the dancer, I still loved watching others move and groove to the music as I tried my hand at learning each new dance. Eddie Kendrick’s had such a smooth voice that seemed to spread over each song lyric like a good brand of butter! A fun song with hidden meanings directed at his former band, but still a song that has never grown old and is always exciting to hear Eddie’s voice as he continues to remind us to keep on truckin!

“Keep on truckin” is a phrase of encouragement meaning to stay focused regardless of circumstances or setbacks. The term originates from a song first recorded by Blind Boy Fuller in the 1930s, “Truckin’ My Blues Away.”

Truckin’ on down the line
Hey hey hey
I say keep on truckin’
Truckin’ my blues away

The phrase was popularized by the US underground cartoonist Robert Crumb in a one-page comic published in the first issue of Zap Comix in 1968. In this song, Kendrick’s is in pursuit of good lovin’, as he’s truckin’ to see his girl.

This song was Eddie Kendrick’s’ first major hit as a solo artist, coming two years after his departure from The Temptations. He believed it was the title that ensured it was a success. “The old people used to truck when they were dancing. And I knew the trucking industry would embrace the record,” Kendrick’s told Fred Bronson.

The song’s grooves were clearly aimed at the dance floor and it was arguably the first-recorded and released disco hit record. Other possible candidates for the first disco hit include “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia),” George McRae’s “Rock Your Baby,” The Hues Corporation’s “Rock The Boat” and Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.”

The line, “In old Temptation’s rain, I’m duckin'” is a sly reference to Kendrick’s’ former band, The Temptations.

Released in 1973 on the album “Eddie Kendrick’s,” the song peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 100. Upon its release in the summer of 1973, the song would finally bring Kendrick’s out of the shadow of his former band as the song’s catchy beats and melody became a crossover hit.

 

 

Song Lyrics –

Ooh…
Ooh…
Ooh…

Keep on truckin’, baby
I got to keep on truckin’
Got to get to your good lovin’
Huh…huh…huh…huh…huh…

Shame
A double shame on me, yeah
Love
Love, I let it control me, yeah

From just one kiss I am inspired
To lovers in time there’s a fire

And I’ll keep on truckin’, baby
I got to keep on truckin’
I got to get to your good lovin’
Huh…huh…huh…huh…huh…

Baby, its bad
It’s so hard to bear
Yes, babe
You’re hard to bear

I’ve got a fever rising with desire
It’s my love jones and I feel like I’m on fire

And I’ll keep on keep on truckin’, baby
I got to keep on truckin’
Got to get to your good lovin’
Huh…huh…huh…huh…huh…

Feelin’ good
No, you can’t stop the feelin’
No, you can’t stop the feelin’
No, not now

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Keep on truckin’ on
Keep on truckin’ on
Keep on truckin’

Keep on truckin’ on
Keep on truckin’

Yes, I’ve got a fever rising with desire
It’s my love jones and I feel like I’m on fire

And I’ll keep on keep on truckin’, baby

I’m the red ball express of lovin’
Diesel-powered straight to you, I’m truckin’
In old Temptation’s rain, I’m duckin’
For your love through sleet and snow, I’m truckin’, ooh

I’m the red ball express of lovin’
Diesel-powered straight to you, I’m truckin’
In old Temptation’s rain, I’m duckin’
For your love through sleet and snow, I’m truckin’

Ain’t nothin’ holdin’ me back nothin’
I’ll keep right on, right on truckin’
Ain’t nothin’ holdin’ me back nothin’
I’ll keep right on, right on truckin’

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, truckin’
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, truckin’

Writer/s: ANITA POREE, FRANK EDWARD WILSON and LEONARD CASTON

 

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