Produced by CBS, it’s part of a series that not only chronicled selections of popular songs from the 1950s through the 1980s, performed by the various original artists, but unfolding the cover insert also reveals an enclosed rebate card for Shell oil and oil changes. My son recently found a vintage cassette called Cruisin’ Classics Volume II 70’s & 80’s, which was offered by Shell. Knowing that I’m always looking for automotive-related blog subjects, he bought it for me.
Here’s the rebate card.
Oddly enough, except for Volume II’s Ramblin Man by the Allman Brothers and Rock’ n Me by the Steve Miller Band, Volume III’s Travelin’ Man by Rick Nelson and I Get Around by The Beach Boys, and Volume V’s Ventura Highway by America, few if any of the other 55 titles could be considered road songs or car songs.
Side 2 of the enclosed cassette.
Though I only have Volume II, some further research disclosed the songs found on the other five volumes, so here they all are, just in case you’re wondering. Volumes I, II and III were produced in 1989 and Volumes IV, V and VI followed for a summer 1990 introduction.
Song Lists and Cover Art
Volume I: 60’s & 70’s
The cover art is a rendering of the ‘60s style AM/FM car radio in a red dash panel.
You Can’t Hurry Love—The Supremes
Kind Of A Drag—The Buckinghams
I Heard It Through The Grapevine—Marvin Gaye
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher—Jackie Wilson
Joy To The World—Three Dog Night
Proud Mary—Creedence Clearwater Revival
Do You Believe In Magic—Lovin Spoonful
Hot Fun In The Summertime—Sly & The Family Stone
Lady Willpower—Gary Puckett & Union Gap
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)—The Byrds
Volume II: 70’s & 80’s
This cover art you see at the top of this article.
Uptown Girl—Billy Joel
Love Train—The O’Jays
Your Mama Don’t Dance—Loggins & Messina
Crocodile Rock—Elton John
Don’t Stop—Fleetwood Mac
What A Fool Believes—The Doobie Brothers
Sara Smile—Hall & Oates
Rock’ n Me—Steve Miller Band
Ramblin’ Man—The Allman Brothers Band
Volume III: 50’s & 60′
The cover art is a rendering of a 1950s or early 1960s AM radio in an aqua dash panel.
Johnny B. Goode—Chuck Berry
Great Balls Of Fire—Jerry Lee Lewis
All I Have To Do Is Dream—The Everly Brothers
My Girl—The Temptations
Travelin’ Man—Rick Nelson
That’ll Be The Day—Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Blueberry Hill—Fats Domino
He’s So Fine—The Chiffons
Reach Out I’ll Be There—The Four Tops
I Get Around—The Beach Boys
Volume IV: More 60’s & 70’s
Cover art is a rendering of an early red Mustang convertible on the beach.
Come See About Me—Diana Ross & The Supremes
Beautiful Morning—The Rascals
Midnight Train to Georgia—Gladys Knight & The Pips
Mr. Tambourine Man—The Byrds
Build Me Up Buttercup—The Foundations
Chain of Fools–Aretha Franklin
You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice—The Lovin’ Spoonful
How Sweet It Is—Marvin Gaye
My Guy—Mary Wells
Monday, Monday—The Mamas & The Papas
Volume V: More 70’s & 80’s
Cover art is a rendering of a yellow Corvette convertible.
Listen To The Music—The Doobie Brothers
It’s So Easy—Linda Ronstadt
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love—The Spinners
Can’t Fight This Feeling—REO Speedwagon
The Heat Is On—Glenn Frey
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go—Wham!
Kiss On My List—Hall & Oates
September—Earth, Wind & Fire
Volume VI: More 50’s and 60’s
Cover art is a rendering of a baby blue ’57 Chevy.
Sherry—The Four Seasons
Blue Moon—The Marcels
Oh, Pretty Woman—Roy Orbison
Why Do Fools Fall In Love?—Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Get A Job—The Silhouettes
Do You Want To Dance?–Bobby Freeman
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On—Jerry Lee Lewis
Yakety Yak—The Coasters
Oh, What A Night—The Dells
I couldn’t remember the price offhand, but a newspaper archive story of the day reported that each tape was, “just a $1.99 with an eight-gallon fill-up” at the Shell station. It was an interesting way to promote Shell and its oil rebates. Do you own or remember these Shell cassettes? Tell us your story.
Though I can’t readily recall, surely there were other gas station promotional music cassettes produced in this era. Do you remember any? If so, tell us about them.