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Born on March 6, 1934 in Higley, AZ, Red Simpson was the youngest of 12 children raised in a musical family that relocated to Bakersfield during his childhood.
During the Korean War, Red was stationed on the USS Repose where he formed a country group -- the Repose Ramblers. Upon his return to California, Red played numerous clubs including the Blackboard on weekends.
In the 60's, Red's writing talents came to the forefront with Someone to Love and Gonna Have Love. In 1966, Ken Nelson asked Red to record some truck driving material for Capitol including Tommy Collins' Roll, Truck, Roll. Red followed up with Highway Patrol and Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves. In 1967, Buck Owens recorded Sam's Place penned by Red & himself. Shortly thereafter Red decided to focus on songwriting. During this period, Red wrote The Kansas City Song among other hits.
In 1971, Red re-entered the recording studio to cut I'm a Truck for Portland which was picked up by Capitol and hit the top spot on Cashbox. The single and the chart are on display at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. Red then rejoined Capitol and released Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer, Awful Lot to Learn About Truck Drivin' and Truckin' Trees for Christmas. Following his tenure with Capitol, Red closed out the 70's cutting Truck Driver's Heaven, Truck Driver Man and Wife, and The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver.
In the 1995, Red re-entered the studio to record a pair of duets with Junior Brown -- Semi Crazy and Nitro Express.
Although Red no longer tours, he performs frequently in the Bakersfield area including a regular Monday night gig at Trout's in Oildale.
Red Simpson Red Simpson - Roll, Truck, Roll
Roll, Truck, Roll
Red Simpson Red Simpson - The Man Behind The Badge
The Man Behind The...
Red Simpson Red Simpson - Bakersfield Dozen
Bakersfield Dozen
Red Simpson Red Simpson - Truck Drivin` Fool
Truck Drivin' Fool
Red Simpson Red Simpson - At Central Songs Studio `68
At Central Songs...

Red Simpson Red Simpson - At Central Songs Studio `70
At Central Songs...
Red Simpson Red Simpson - I`m A Truck
I'm A Truck
Red Simpson Red Simpson - The Very Real Red Simpson
The Very Real Red...
Red Simpson Red Simpson - Truckers` Christmas
Truckers' Christmas
Red Simpson Red Simpson - Ramblin` Road
Ramblin' Road

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