Ride Mustang Sally, Ride

March 31, 2011 12:00 AM

Mustang Sally, by Wilson Pickett, is probably one of the most famous songs about cars to have ever been released.

There are some fun facts about this '60s R&B classic that many drivers might not be aware of, however.

For example, did you know that Pickett wasn't the first person to record the song? According to the aptly named Songfacts.com, a singer by the name of Bonny Rice (aka Sir Mack Rice), released a version of "Mustang Sally" in May of 1956. It reached #15 on the R&B charts.

A year and a half later, Pickett released his own recording of the classic, which hit #6 on the R&B charts and #23 on the Pop charts.

A rumor arose after Sally Ride completed her Space Shuttle missions stating that NASA Mission Control had played the song as a wake-up call in the rocket.

The song, famous for its lyrics like "Mustang Sally, guess you better slow your Mustang down" and "all you wanna do is ride around Sally (Ride, Sally, Ride)," has appeared in a number of films including Miss Congeniality and The Commitments. 

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