“Movin’ On” is a composition and recording of American country music singer Merle Haggard. Released in May 1975, it was the third single and partial title track from the album Keep Movin’ On. Originally, it was the theme song to the 1974-1976 NBC-TV series of the same name. is a composition and recording of American country music singer Merle Haggard. Released in May 1975, it was the third single and partial title track from the album Keep Movin’ On. Originally, it was the theme song to the 1974-1976 NBC-TV series of the same name. In addition, it references the lead characters of the series, Sonny Pruitt and Will Chandler, by name. Sometime in July 1975, they released a full-length version of the track that topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Besides serving as the main theme to Movin’ On, the song was among many in country music to pay homage to the American over-the-road truck driver. This track is totally different from the country standard “I’m Moving On” by Hank Snow.
In the TV Series Movin’ On, Claude Akins is known as the character for his old-time independent “big-rig” truck driver Sonny Pruitt. The other star Frank Converse is his college-educated co-driver Will Chandler. Most of the episodes usually centered on Sonny and Will. They are always on the road becoming involved in the lives of people they met or met again. As they are always traveling in the various places, it is where they found themselves.
The pilot episode was a made-for-television movie which originally had the title In Tandem. This was so in reference to the tandem axles on the tractor and trailer. Moreover, it also had the meaning that they drove as a team or “in tandem”.
Akins and Converse actually drove the trucks while filming. They have been trained and have obtained their chauffeur’s licenses. They acquired the forerunner to the commercial driver’s license prior to making the pilot episode. Executive producers for the series were Barry Weitz and Philip D’Antoni. Akins later went on to appear in another trucking-related TV series, the more comedy-oriented B.J. and the Bear.
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