Charles "Charlie" Ryan (December 19, 1915, Graceville, Minnesota – February 16, 2008, Spokane, Washington) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for co-writing and first recording the rockabilly hit single "Hot Rod Lincoln".
Ryan grew up in Polson, Montana and moved to Spokane in 1943. He served in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, he worked as a musician and songwriter, touring with artists such as Jim Reeves and Johnny Horton. In 1955, he and W. S. Stevenson wrote "Hot Rod Lincoln", and Ryan recorded the first version of the song (as "Charlie Ryan and the Livingston Brothers"). Ryan released a remake in 1959 as "Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders"; the song was later covered by Johnny Bond (1960) and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (1972), among others.
Birth name: Charles Ryan Born: December 19, 1915 Origin: Graceville, Minnesota Died: February 26, 2008 (aged 92)
I just picked this @ the flea market for a mere 2 bucks. Most of the songs are just different takes on "Hot Rod Lincoln" and the ones that aren't.... well, meh. But its still a fun little record and the cover w/ the Hot Rod & Guitar is aces Daddy-O!!!