May 29, 1961 - Ricky Nelson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Travelin' Man'. Singer-songwriter Jerry Fuller wrote it with Sam Cooke in mind, but Cooke's manager was unimpressed and did not keep the demo, which eventually wound up being passed along to Nelson.
The song was produced by Joe Johnson who was also famous for The Champs recording of "Tequila". Joe was the owner of 4 Star Record Company and Challenge Records in Nashville. Its b-side, "Hello Mary Lou", reached No. 9 on the same chart.
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