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The Story Behind "Something About A Train Sound" by Irene Kelley

I co-wrote, "Something About A Train Sound" with Billy Droze & Terry Herd. There really is something about a train sound.  And I think you either love it or hate it when you live near the track.  I happened to love that sound and the images  it conjures.  Takes me back to a simpler time, reminds me of home and my grandparents farm as there was a train nearby.  I shared these thoughts and the chorus melody  with Billy & Terry. They grabbed on to the idea and we had the song in 2 hours tops. It happened so fast that I had to go back and listen to my recorder to see if actually got finished. Sure enough and I couldn't wait to record it.  We had the great fortune to have it as our first single from, "Benny's TV Repair" and top the charts at #1 for 5 weeks.


First American locomotive on rails at Castle Point, drawing, Hoboken, c. 1826

The concept of constructing a railroad in the United States was first conceived by Colonel John Stevens, in 1812. It was not until Christmas Day, 1830, when the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company completed the first mechanical passenger train, that the modern railroad industry was born.


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