Number 1 With A Bullet: Eddie Kendricks’ “Keep On Truckin’”

Fusion 45 January 12, 2013 0

Eddie Kendricks Keep On Truckin'

The highest debuting single of the week of August 25, 1973, “Keep On Truckin’” became a #1 hit for one-time member of the TemptationsEddie Kendricks.

“I knew it was a hit because of the title,” Eddie Kendricks is quoted as saying in The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. “The old people used to truck when they were dancing,” he added about the song his producer, Frank Wilson, first played for him as a seven minute demo. “And I knew the trucking industry would embrace the record.”

Kendricks, whose distinctive tenor helped make numerous hits for the Temptations, was right about “Keep On Truckin’.” After its stellar debut, Kendricks saw his song make a steady eleven week climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent two weeks in November 1973.

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