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Classical Gas

This is my arrangement for two guitars of the 1968 instrumental hit “Classical Gas”. It was composed and originally performed by Mason Williams with instrumental backing by members of the Wrecking Crew.

Originally named “Classical Gasoline”, the tune was envisioned to be “fuel” for the classical guitar repertoire. The title was later inadvertently shortened by a music copyist.

Williams was the head writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour at the time of the piece’s release and premiered the composition on the show.

“Classical Gas” was frequently performed by both Nokie Edwards and Gerry McGee live during concerts by the Ventures as well as in their own solo concerts.

March 17, 2020 at 6:25 am Leave a comment


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