I must admit I hadn’t heard this song until I watched the season premiere of Mad Men the other night. Perhaps because I love early garage rock, or just the way in which the song was used I immediately went and bought it on Itunes.
The version used on Mad Men is a cover performed by UK group Nashville Teens in 1964. The original was written by John D. Loudermilk, who didn’t have any success with the semi-autobiographical song. As it turns out he actually had more success as a songwriter for other people including the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash & Marrianne Faithful among others.
“Tobacco Road” was the only hit for the Nashville Teens in the US (though they did have some moderate success in the UK.) War had a hit with the song as well. (Which is funny, because at first I thought that Nashville Teen’s version was actually The Animals.)