Whatever Happened To Red Simpson
The history of Country Music is famous for a lot of different ‘theme’ type songs.
There’s the drinkin’ songs. There’s the cheatin’ songs. There’s the patriotic songs. The great story song’s.
And, of course, great truckin’ songs, too. Dave Dudley had the trucking anthem ‘Six Days On The Road’. Red Sovine talked us through a lot of great trucking songs. There was C. W. McCall, even Country Music Hall of Famer’s Alabama would climb into the cab and takes us down the road.
And in 1971, there was ‘I’m A Truck’, a big Top 5 country truckin’ hit for Red Simpson.
Red was born in Bakersfield California, the youngest of 12 kids. Being in Bakersfield, it was probably inevitable that Red was heavily influenced by the legendary Buck Owens, with whom he wrote songs. In fact, remember Buck’s #1 hit ‘Sam’s Place’? Red Simpson wrote that one, along with a number of other songs.
It was in 1971 that Red had his one and only national Top 5 hit, ‘I’m A Truck’ (perhaps ironically, a song he didn’t write).
And that was it for Red as far as Top 10 hits that he performed.
He released a number of albums and many singles, almost all with a ‘trucker’ theme. If you ask some of the ‘older truckin’ boys and girls’, they’ll probably remember their trucker singin’ friend Red Simpson.
So whatever happened to Red Simpson?
Well, Red is alive and well at the age of 79. He still lives in the Bakersfield area and although he doesn’t tour anymore, he still occasionally takes the stage, especially a regular gig at Trout’s in Oildale, California.
In the meatime, we still have those truckin’ favorites of Red Simpson, including that 1971 smash ‘I’m A Truck’.