Mason Williams | Classical Gas

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Classical Gas

by Mason Williams

This is a cover version of the 1968 hit. Same key (A minor), same tempo (m.m.156), same structure except for (4) bars; I added a (4) bar tag at the very end.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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Classical Gas - Cut to the Chase Info

Classical Gas topped the charts in August 1968. Making it to #1 on Cashbox’s Top 100 and #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Classical Gas won three Grammys in 1968 (March 1969 Awards Ceremony)
Two Grammys for Me
~ Best Instrumental Composition
~ Best Instrumental Performance
One for Mike Post
~ Best Instrumental Arrangement

It is the most played instrumental on the radio of all time (any instrument) and has logged over 6 million BMI airplays.
It is the most recorded instrumental composition recorded by (covered) other artists of all time.

Classical Gas is the most famous guitar piece in the world (or so many guitar players tell me… a highly subjective claim, but one of the most famous at least.)

Original recording (1968 Hit) Album/Track Production Info:
• Album cut on WB LP 1729 released February 1, 1968
• 45 rpm single released from LP / B-side Long Time Blues
• Album produced by Mike Post
• Classical Gas arranged by Mike Post
• 4-trk recording! Cut length (3:00)
• 2-trks for orchestra / 2-trks for Classical Guitar+12-string overdub
• After rehearsing, we kept the first take!
• The horns were tubens (Wagnarian horns/upright bell French horns) + brass

I started writing Classical Gas in August of 1967. I was also writing comedy for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2nd season). I worked on it between writing comedy bits for Tom & Dick and their guests. I’d finish a bit or reach an impasse with a piece and while it simmered in my sub conscience, I’d pick up the guitar and take a break before tackling the writing again. The
music I wrote was mixed in with thinking about Tom & Dick spots, plus ideas for guests such as: Greer Garson, The Association, Janet Leigh, Pete Seeger, Bobbie Gentry, George Burns, Herman’s Hermits, Betty Davis, Mickey Rooney,
Noel Harrison, Jane Powell and The Who!

Classical Gas has been recorded by some very famous guitarists. Chet Atkins, Glenn Campbell, Michael Chapdelaine, Tommy Emmanuel & groups such as The Ventures, Area Code 615, California Guitar Trio & orchestras such as Hugo Montenegro, Paul Mauriat & John Williams / the Boston Pops.

Classical Gas has been used in various TV shows and films throughout the years.

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