John D. Loudermilk, Wrote “Tobacco Road” and “Indian Reservation”

“Tobacco Road” Performed on BBC, 1984–View on YouTube

John D. Loudermilk was a prolific singer and songwriter of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, penning hits for a wide range of artists, from Johnny Cash to the Blues Magoos. Although he recorded many of his songs himself, his best-known hits were recordings by others.

The Nashville Teens, a British garage rock band, brought “Tobacco Road” to fame in the 1964, and “Indian Reservation” was a #1 hit by Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1971. Loudermilk (March 31, 1934-September 21, 2016) recorded both songs originally.

Loudermilk was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1976 and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a cousin of the country duo The Louvin Brothers.

“The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian” on Spotify