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    Smile Anyone know an old country music tune "Wheels"?

    I had a friend in the 1970s who played "Wheels." He was from Iowa, and was 55 years old at that time. I can find no reference to it on the internet. Anyone know it?

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    Do you remember any of the lyrics?

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    I remember an instrumental called Wheels from the 50's but at the time it was played on rock and fool stations.

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    Didn't Linda R do Wheels? in the 70's

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    Are you referring to "rolling on rubber wheels" by the Stanley Bros.?

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    or Heart Like A Wheel?

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    There's a Gram Parsons tune called Wheels, recorded by the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Knoxville Grass, for two, as well as by Parsons. The String-A-Longs had a Ventures-like instrumental hit called Wheels in 1961. A quick Google search will bring up YouTube "videos" of each. If neither of them is what you're looking for, there may be more to the title than that one word.
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    I learned "Wheel's" from an old lp by Sam Mcgee 40 years ago. It's an instrumental and Sam played it finger style guitar. A familiar tune if you were around in the 50's. Here are a couple of references to it. The 2nd one you can listen to it and buy it. Key of A if I remember right

    http://sondahl.com/sammcgee.html

    http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/...ar+Pickers.htm

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    Default Re: Anyone know an old country music tune "Wheels"?

    The only one I know is the one Allen referenced.


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    It was the String-a-longs tune that I remember.

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    Sam McGee is playing a (great!) fingerstyle guitar version of the String-A-Longs' instrumental.
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    The OP says he "played" Wheels (rather than saying he "sung" it) so I'm guessing it's the instrumental, not the Gram Parsons song. That tune still gets played. I've got several versions but I'd have to go through my collection to find the artists. I think Chet Atkins or someone like that may have done it.

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    I was taught a tune called Wheels from a guitar teacher in the early 80s. I'd never heard the tune before he taught me, and unfortunately, I don't remember how it goes anymore. No dots or tab; he taught strictly by "watch me."
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    Another grass version is by Bill Emerson, Mark Newton, Emory Lester on their (I think) only release. Good record.

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    Here's the String-A-Longs' version:




    Should be played on an AM car radio, IMHO.
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    I have the Sam McGee version tabbed out. It's in A and it's the best solo fingerpicked guitar version I've ever run into. I could send a photocopy to anyone what wants it.

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    Man, I hate this song, solely because somebody at the local jam sings a really melodramatic, folksinger/belter version of that lasts twenty minutes whenever she shows up. That Flying Burrito Bros version is surprisingly tolerable.

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    Here's a current performance.
    http://elderly.com/recordings/items/ROUN-CD0652.htm

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    No, the man who played it was not a singer, so I don't know of any lyrics. Thank you for your response, GDAE.

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    She did one called Heart like a Wheel. Not the same tune. Thank you for writing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SincereCorgi View Post
    ... is surprisingly tolerable.
    My family has said that about my playing.
    Life is short, play hard. Life is really really short, play really really hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Here's the String-A-Longs' version:




    Should be played on an AM car radio, IMHO.
    YAY! That's the one!!! Thanks a bunch and a lot!

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    Dear Friends, Allen Hopkins found it! It's by the String A Longs. See his post, where the original 45" record plays it. Sorry I can't reply to each of you. I did not realize I had not subscribed to this thread. Thanks so much to all who took you time to reply.

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    Gram Parsons' "Wheels":

    We've all got wheels to take ourselves away
    We've got telephones to say what we can't say
    We've all got higher and higher every day
    Come on, wheels, take this boy away

    We're not afraid to ride
    We're not afraid to die
    So come on, wheels, take me home today
    Come on, wheels, take this boy away

    Now when I feel that my time is almost up
    And destiny is in my right hand
    I'll turn to him who made my fate so strong
    Come on, wheels, make this boy a man

    We're not afraid to ride
    We're not afraid to die
    Come on, wheels, take me home today
    Come on, wheels, take this boy away
    Come on, wheels, take this boy away
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    Did Dwight Yoakum do a version of it ?
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