Classical Gas peaked at no 6 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 25 September 1968.
Williams was the head writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour at the time of the release of ‘Classical Gas’ and premiered the composition on the show. Williams performed it a number of times over several episodes.
Listen for the Wagnerian tuben horns on this track. A relatively rare instrument, it’s kind of a cross between a French horn and a trumpet. It’s also known as a Wagner tuba.
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