Chevy Van (2:53)

Cover of Golden Classics

From Golden Classics and 29 other releases

“Chevy Van” was a hit single for American Sammy Johns. Certified gold for selling 500,000 copies on May 5, 1975, the / tune captured part of the ethos of the and has had a long following. It’s frequently played by stations. Johns wrote the tune, and Jay Senter produced it. Larry Knechtel, a key figure in the 70s group Bread, served as a session man.

The song’s lyrics describe a passionate yet fleeting romance between the protagonist and a brown-skinned, sweet-faced girl who “climbed in and took control”. He leaves her at a small town tiny enough to “throw a rock from end to end” and bids her goodbye. The prominent use of acoustic guitar riffs and Johns’ easy, breezy-sounding vocals creates a calm, warm atmosphere throughout the whole song.


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  • hollyheer

    John, I am disappointed in you....This is our time :)

    23 Jan 5:17pm Reply
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  • The80sFan

    ABSOLUTELY STELLAR track from 1973 and a favorite of mine from the early '70s era! Hard to beat the melody and lyrical content on this one!

    20 Dec 2012 Reply

    good tune

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Wow, I haven't heard this in 4ever. It's still great, anything in the moonlight is great!!

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • rockerchick45

    I can never get tired of listening to this song!!

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • coolhotrodder

    cool tune

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • hollyheer

    That's alright with me :)

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • wbierman

    Nice way to end Friday's workday and head into the weekend - everyone have a great one! Weather here is going to be beautiful!

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • wbierman

    Hey rockerchick! I too, for whatever reason, remember ALL the words to this. This is disturbing as I find it's true on all the songs from, you know, back in the day. And yet, what did I do yesterday? No clue. Oh well, the memories are good ones - great track!

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • CaptainMidnyte

    roll one and pass it to the left................lmao

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rockerchick45

    I can remember all the words to this!!...This is one of the best songs froms "back in the day"!!

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • websrfr

    takes you WAAAAAAAAAY back

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • rustieman


    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • rainwalker55

    a much more laid back time...great song

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • revatman

    Fu Manchu does a pretty heavy cover version of this.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • JohnnyMo1961

    it's 2010 now i drive my kid to hockey practice in my HONDA van...oh well

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • websrfr

    I have a Chevy Camaro...does that count?

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • rockerchick45

    What a great, smooth song......

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • plaidsheep

    get some sleep and dream of rock & roll. :-) hippies having casual sex in the back of a van. It don't get any more 70s than that ....

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
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