Friday Five: Cola

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 12th, 2012

Nectar of the Gods. That’s what a friend of mine and I call the sweet goodness that is known as Coca-Cola. It hits the spot for millions of patrons a day in more than 200 different countries. That’s not too bad for something that was intended as a patent medicine when it was invented by John Pemberton in 1886. The dark brown soda is also the inspiration behind many different songs and soft drink companies over the years. What is your favorite (song, that is, not soft drink)?

5. Mel Tillis – “Coca-Cola Cowboy”

This gem was a Number One hit back in 1979 and was featured in the Clint Eastwood film, Every Which Way But Loose.

 

4. Wanda Jackson – “Rum and Coca-Cola”

A hit for The Andrews Sisters in 1945, this remake was on Jackson’s 2011 album, The Party Ain’t Over.

 

3. Roy Orbison – Coca-Cola Commercial

The sunglasses-sporting great one was also a pitch man for Coca-Cola back in the day.

 

2. Dottie West- “Country Sunshine”

This tune was originally released in a Coca-Cola commercial in the early 1970s. It was so popular that West cut it as a single and named an album after the song as well. It became a #2 hit. It is the reason she got the nickname of Miss Country Sunshine.

 

1. NRBQ – “RC Cola and a Moon Pie”

Big Bill Lister released the first version of this song in the 1950s, but this cover by NRBQ is an excellent version of the classic as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3J9Jx4SYNE

 

  1. Rick
    October 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Wanda Jackson’s take on of “Rum and Coca-Cola” makes me appreciate just how good the Andrews Sisters version truly was! (lol) Gosh, a song about a mother and daughter prostitute team that was a hit in the mid 1940’s! That must have been pushing the censorship envelope a bit back then.

    Big Bill Lister wasn’t much of a vocalist, so improving on his versions of songs isn’t all that difficult. That NRBQ cover is definitely top shelf (where the Moon Pies are stored for safe keeping).

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