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Chevy Van (song)

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"Chevy Van"
Chevy Van - Sammy Johns.jpg
Single by Sammy Johns
from the album Sammy Johns
B-side"Hang My Head and Moan"
Released1973; re-release January 1975
GenreSoft rock, country
Length3:52 (LP)
2:54 (single)
Songwriter(s)Sammy Johns
Producer(s)Jay Senter, Larry Knechtel

"Chevy Van" is a 1973 song, written and sung by Sammy Johns with instrumental backing provided by Los Angeles-based session musicians from the Wrecking Crew.[1] The song was a hit single in the United States and Canada in 1975, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and becoming a million seller.[2] It was played primarily on Top 40 stations in the 1970s; later re-recordings were done in a country vein.

It details how an unnamed male driver picks up an unnamed female, who then proceeds to eventually seduce him into a one-night stand in the back of his Chevrolet Van. At the end he drops her off "in a town that was so small, you could throw a rock from end to end. A dirt road main street, she walked off in bare feet," and laments "It's a shame I won't be passing through again." The song struck a chord with listeners in the sexually liberated 1970s when Johns released it. The popularity of the song is also reflective of the vansploitation films of the period. The original 1973 version was featured in the 1977 film The Van.

In more recent years, country artists Eric Church, Waylon Jennings, and Sammy Kershaw and rock artists Joe Pernice and Fu Manchu have each released covers of the song. Unlike Sammy Johns's original chorus that opens "Cause like a princess she was laying there...", the aforementioned artists sing "Cause like a picture she was laying there..."[citation needed]

Chart history


  1. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1975-05-03. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ NZ Top 40 Singles, 2 June 1975
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 3, 1975". Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
  8. ^ The Official New Zealand Music Chart - NZ End Of Year Charts 1975
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1975". Archived from the original on October 22, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2018.

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