While in Nashville, Tennessee
, USA, to record their country-influenced album Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, The Byrds
encounter influential country music radio deejay Ralph Emery at WSM, and realise from his attitude towards them, that there is a yawning gulf between rock music and country music. Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons of The Byrds
will be inspired by this meeting to write their acerbic song Drug Store Truck-Drivin' Man about Emery.
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) : I do like Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man. That was one of the best things that came from working with Gram. He and I wrote that in London. When we'd recorded 'You Ain't Going Nowhere', we took it to Ralph Emery at the major Nashville radio station WSM, and we asked him to play it on the air, but he didn't like it, and he refused to play it. So a couple of months later, Gram and I were sitting in a hotel room in London, and decided to write a song about Ralph, which was Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man.
(Source : interview with Johnny Black, Mojo Magazine, Sept 2002)