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I've cut the following out from a much longer article devoted to the 'Grateful Dead' song "Truckin'", posted by a "guest" called 'snow & rain' and published on May 3rd 2017 as part of a broader feature in the "Grateful Dead Guide" called "Truckin' and Truckin' Jams: 1970-1974":
Robert Hunter [lyricist] went with the band on their March 1970 tour to write them a road song. (There's a "Lost Live Dead" post about the timeframe in which the Dead wrote "Truckin'" [ at http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2015/04/march-24-1970-pirates-world-dania-fl.html ])
In a 1986 Relix interview, Hunter recalled, "I wrote that song in several different cities, starting off in San Francisco. I finished it up in Florida. I was on the road with the band and writing different verses in different cities, and when we were in Florida I went outside and everybody was sitting around the swimming pool. I had finally finished the lyrics, so I brought them down and the boys picked up their guitars, sat down, and wrote some rock 'n' roll changes behind it."
And from a recent Hunter interview with David Browne:
Q: "Truckin'" also was completed on the road with the 'Dead', wasn't it?
A: Yeah, I think it was in Florida, and I had been writing it for some time. I think I finished it there - it was not a song I just dashed off. And then I gave it to them. They were all sitting around the swimming pool, the guitars there, and they did a good job on it. I wrote all the lyric. 'Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me' - I think that [part]'s Phil [the group's bass player]. It took me a couple of months to write and it maybe took 'em about half an hour to put it together.
[ Much more at: http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2017/05/truckin-1970-1974-guest-post.html ]
Although today's version is from the 1970 album, when released as a much-shorter single (in the United States only in 1971), it reached No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 in time for the Christmas Day chart of that year, eventually leaving these listings after a total of 8 weeks.
1970 - Warner Bros Records - United States - Album version, from "American Beauty" - the shorter single version was released in 1971.
Posted: 1st December 2018