Truck Driver Songs: Jim Nesbitt “I Aint Never Been Passed”

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Ready for another episode of our long-running series Truck Driver Songs? If you haven’t seen one, this is where we look back at some of the cool country and rock hits that musically define the great American trucker in music. Some are new, some are old, all are unique.

Jim Nesbitt is well-known among older truck drivers who heard plenty of his country songs on the radio in the 60s and 70s, but Nesbitt has become one of the more obscure truckin’ country singers as the years wore on. His songs were usually upbeat and had a bit of humor to them, but they never went full on into parody pieces like Moe Bandy and C.W. McCall wrote during their heydays.

Jim Nesbitt had his first hit with “Please Mr. Kennedy” in 1961. It was released on Dot Records and became a number one hit on the Billboard charts.

His next hit, “New Frontier” reached No. 11 on Billboard. It was recorded on Rush Records in 1962. He had another hit in 1964 on the Chart label with “Lookin’ For More In ’64” It reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts. He also recorded “A Tiger In My Tank”. It stayed on the Cash Box charts for 13 weeks.

Nesbitt became less active as a performer after his last chart hit in 1975 and then unfortunately left us in 2007.