Auto Tune: “Thirty More Miles to San Diego” by Dean Martin

August 5th, 2015 at 3:00pm

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Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

In the 1960s, San Diego, California went from being a sleepy vacation destination in Los Angeles’ shadow to a burgeoning big time city. That decade saw the opening of both SeaWorld and the University of California’s local outlet as well as the beginning of its major league baseball team to name a few local highlights.

During that time we’ll assume the Andersons made a trek there; that’s the Country Music Andersons I’m talking about. Liz was a prolific songwriter, and at times teamed up with her husband Casey. Of course they were the parents to one of the first country music superstars, Lynn Anderson, whose hit “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” remains one of the most successful country crossover records of all time.

So in 1967, Casey (the husband & father) took what he knew of San Diego and the loneliness of driving big rigs and penned “Thirty More Miles to San Diego.” It was a song full of lament – from the truck driver’s point of view – predicting his divorce due to time in his truck taking him away from his home and wife.

The song might not have grabbed a lot of singers at that time, but it was right in the Dean Martin wheelhouse. Dino had made a couple of best-selling albums with what we’ll call “SoCal Country.” Probably thanks to his appearances in some westerns like “Rio Bravo” and “The Sons of Katie Elder,” as well as his love of the genre itself, Dean added the song to the first of his two releases in 1967, Happiness is Dean Martin. And of course it never received its due, that is, until it was chosen as this week’s Auto Tune.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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One Comment to “Auto Tune: “Thirty More Miles to San Diego” by Dean Martin”

  1. dino martin peters Says:

    Mr. Drake, how cool to find ‘nother Dino-croon shared on your Auto Tune feature. Know that your efforts have been shared at ilovedinomartin.