24 Jul 2016

Karl Du Fresne's road trip of American song titles

From Standing Room Only, 2:40 pm on 24 July 2016

The only reason it was Tulsa that Gene Pitney was 24 hours from, apparently, was simple alliteration.

In his book A road tour of American song titles, published by Bateman, journalist Karl du Fresne talks about stories like these, his love of American music and his road trips to 24 towns and cities referenced in songs.

Some places were just as he imagined them from the music, others weren't. 

Karl told Lynn Freeman he'd have loved to have driven down the famous Route 66 - except that it hasn't existed since the 1980s.

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