I know this song because Billy C. Farlow sang it on the first Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen album, Lost in the Ozone. It’s pretty close to perfect (if you don’t watch the “video” part of this clip).
But 20 Flight Rock is an old rockabilly tune, half written by rock legend Eddie Cochran, who recorded it in 1957. And who died at age 21, so there is that.
I got into the Eddie Cochran catalog because of Commander Cody, and there’s lots there to like. And lots of historical interest, but Cochran’s performances have mostly been superseded by covers. This is the original 20 Flight Rock.
And this is an improbable, to me, cover of the song, performed by Jack White and Conan O’Brien on Conan’s first TNT show after he was paid to leave NBC. I have to say that Conan as rock guitarist and vocalist was incredible to me, until I saw this. Jack White and Conan are plenty weird, and this is plenty good.
Let’s thank Eddie Cochran and Ned Fairchild for this tune. Unless we’re too tired.