EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #46 : “WELFARE CADILLAC”- GUY DRAKE

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Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #45: “Welfare Cadillac”- Guy Drake. January 31, 1970.

  • Single: “Welfare Cadillac”- Guy Drake
  • Record Company- Royal American
  • Genre: Novelty- Country
  • Written by Guy Drake
  • Time: 3:07
  • B-side:”Keep Off My Grass”
  • Album
  • Grade: F
  • Peaked at #63 spent 14 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

This novelty- country single was the only Hot 100 appearance for Guy Drake who was born in Weir, Kentucky in 1904- and died in 1984 at the age of 79. Drake was a country singer- comedian. This was Drake’s only appearance on the Country Singles Chart also-where it peaked at #6.

I had only heard of this song -from reading a story about how when the great Johnny Cash was at The White House – The Tricky One asked him to play this song- which was popular at the time  and he didn’t. Instead of playing “Okie From Muskogee” another song Nixon requested or “Welfare Cadillac” -he played one of his own- “What Is Truth?” a song about youth and freedom which had an anti-war second verse.  Take that Milhous.  Below an article on Johnny sticking it to Nixon.

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/30142/when-johnny-cash-met-richard-nixon

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