My Kind of Country

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In Memoriam: Steve Ripley dies at 69

Ripley was the lead singer of The Tractors. The group is best known for their iconic debut single “Baby Likes To Rock It,” which hit #11 in 1994:

A year later The Tractors released their Christmas album, which featured a holiday-themed take on the song entitled “Santa Claus is Comin’ (In A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train):”

The album also featured “The Santa Claus Boogie,” written solely by Ripley:

The Tractors are perhaps also known for their spirited cover of the Rolling Stones classic “The Last Time.” which served as the lead single from Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones:

3 responses to “In Memoriam: Steve Ripley dies at 69

  1. Paul W Dennis January 8, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I’m not sure that I would describe anything that the Tractors recorded as “iconic” but I did enjoy their debut album and the Christmas album that followed

  2. Luckyoldsun January 8, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    P.D.–LoL. Any hamburger stand that’s been around since the Clinton Administration is now going to be called “iconic” somewhere. If the Tractors were iconic, then “Dumas Walker” is a classic of American songdom and the Kentucky Headhunters deserve a wing in the H-o-F.

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