The song “Get your kicks on Route 66” was written by Bobby and Cynthia Troup
The King Cole Trio, who first recorded Bobby and Cynthia Troup’s
musical tribute to the highway, is pictured in the center.

In 1946 Bobby Troup, an aspiring songwriter and music arranger, drove from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to advance his career. During the long trip, his wife, Cynthia, suggested that he write a song about highways, and she thought of the rhyme “Get your kicks on Route 66.” Bobby wrote the rest of the words and music as they traveled the famous highway. In Los Angeles he performed the song for Nat King Cole, who made it a hit.

Immortalized in folklore, cinema and song, Route 66 is the legendary old road that passes through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip from Chicago to Santa Monica. The song "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" is one of the most popular road songs ever written.


If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, that’s the highway that’s the best,
Get your kicks on Route 66.
It winds from Chicago to L.A.,
More than 2,000 miles all the way,
Get your kicks on Route 66.
Now you go through St. Looey, Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You’ll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona, don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip,
Get your kicks on Route 66.
Get your kicks on Route 66.

—Bobby Troup


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