Travelin’ Man and Other Destination Songs

Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat







By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



I’m driving the car listening to Sirius radio and enjoying the decades of songs available at my fingertips. Depending on my mood, I might feel nostalgic and play music from the 1960s and 70s, or perhaps another decade. My next favorite decade is the 1980s, for a different reason. It was when two of our children were in their teens and the house was filled with this music and their friends were over and sometimes dancing in the family room.

Those were certainly fun days for all of us! Creeping into the early 90s music, our youngest had a different blend of her favorites — some were good and with others, I’d ask her to lower the music blaring from her room as I found it annoying. She was a dancer and lead choreographer in high school and college so her musical tastes were eclectic to say the least. She’d play Mozart when studying, but switched to totally different music when she was rehearsing a Janet Jackson or Madonna dance routine for a school dance show. As I listened recently to Ricky Nelson’s Travelin’ Man classic from 1961, I thought about how many songs had a destination in their title. See how many you remember.


  1. The classic soul Gladys Knight & the Pips 1973 hit: Midnight Train to?
  2. Yellow Rose of ?
  3. Tony Bennett’s signature song is I Left My Heart in?
  4. No one sings this song better than Patti Page about the sand dunes and salty air of Old (two words).
  5. Glen Campbell’s sad, but romantic By the Time I Get to? This was only one of his destination hits.
  6. The other was a Vietnam era song popular between 1965 and 1967. Listen closely to the sad lyrics of this song about a place that begins with the letter G.
  7. Of course I can’t leave out my all time favorite, Elvis Presley and his Blue?
  8. A 1943 Broadway collaboration, the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was about what state? The title of this play is the same as one of the classic songs of the production.
  9. For readers who remember the TV program, Your Hit Parade, this song stayed on top of the pop chart for five weeks. The title was Deep in the Heart of ?
  10. Let’s not forget “Ol Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra’s signature tune.


  1. Georgia
  2. Texas
  3. San Francisco
  4. Cape Cod
  5. Phoenix
  6. Galveston
  7. Hawaii
  8. Oklahoma!
  9. Texas
  10. New York, New York
August 1, 2018 |

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