Merle Haggard performs “Movin On” Live On Pop! Goes The Country.

The song reached number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, the song remained in the charts for 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, reached number # 15.

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Movin On:

Movin ‘on, song written and recorded by Merle Haggard 6 The Strangers for the Capitol label, the song was recorded on June 21, 1974, at Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA, Merle was accompanied on the recording by: Roy Nichols (guitar), Norman Hamlet (steel), Tiny moore (electric mandolin), Chuck Berghofer (fender bass), Biff Adam (drums), Mark Yeary (piano) and Don Markham (sax). With the production of Ken Nelson, the single was released on May 12, 1975, on July 12, 1975, reached number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, the song remained in the charts for 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, I reached number # 15. It was the twenty-second number # 1 in Merle’s career.

Lp cover Merle Haggard ( capitol 1975 )
Lp cover Merle Haggard ( capitol 1975 )

The song was included in Merle’s eighth studio album, Keep Movin ‘On (capitol 1975), the album was released on April 21, 1975, and on June 14, 1975, it reached number # 1 on the charts. US Top Country Albums for four weeks in a row, and staying for 31 weeks on the charts. Keep Movin ‘On would be one of Haggard’s most commercially successful albums, containing three number one, Moovin’ on, Kentucky Gambler and In the Good Old Days (When Things Were Bad).



This was the main theme of the 1974-1976 NBC series Movin ‘On. The series was starred by Claude Akins and Frank Converse as truck drivers, and lasted 46 episodes. The song was one of many country songs that paid tribute to the American truck driver traveling by road. It should not be confused with the country standard “I’m moving on ” by Hank Snow.

Netherland Cover Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1975 )
Netherland Cover Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1975 )

 

Some versions:

Kings Road 1976 (Pickwick)
Tom Cunningham 1978 (Lake County)
Cash Backman 1983 (Hammard)
Uncle Tupelo 1992 (Rockville)
David Allan Coe 2002 (King Records)
The Three Amigos 2011 (Dara Records)





Merle Haggard – Movin On Lyrics

[Chorus]
Big wheels rolling, big wheels rolling, moving on
Big wheels rolling, got to keep them going
Big wheels rolling, moving on

[Verse 1]
The white line is a life line to a nation
And men like Will and Sonny make it move
Living like a gypsy always on the go
Doing what they best know how to do

[Chorus]
Jamming gears has got to be a fever
Because men become addicted to the grind
It takes a special breed to be a truck driving man
And a steady hand to pull that load behind
Big wheels rolling, big wheels rolling, moving on
Big wheels rolling, got to keep them going
Big wheels rolling, moving on

[Verse 2]
All night country music keeps them going
And Will and Sonny keep on moving on
A good hot cup of coffee is waiting up ahead
And the rhythm of the highway hums along

[Chorus]

Single Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1975 )
Single Merle Haggard ( Capitol 1975 )

Miquel Batlle
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