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”
- 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.