'Convoy:' The Song That Made Truckers The Working Class Heroes Of The '70s
The chart-topping 1976 hit "Convoy," by C.W. McCall, tapped into America's fascination with CB radios and truckers. The song told a story about a hard-working trucker whose business is going to take a hit due to new trucking regulations -- in a way, everybody could identify with "Convoy." There was a gas crisis and rampant inflation in the 1970s; many Americans felt the little guy was getting squeezed by factors beyond his control. The simple story of a trucker fighting back against The Man captured the public imagination, winning audiences well outside its country-and-western genre. Not only that, but the song also showed the power of technology to unite people to a common cause… all before Twitter!