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Rhythm-A-Ning” | Thelonious Monk Quartet w/ Johnny Griffin | Album: Thelonius In Action (1958) | Recorded at The New York’s Five Spot Cafe 

Johnny Griffin (Tenor Sax), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (Bass), Roy Haynes (Drums)

Amboy is located midway between Barstow and Needles on historic Route 66. Amboy was once a busy little town until the opening of Interstate 40 in 1973 caused travelers to bypass the town. Roy’s Motel and Cafe, besides providing food and lodging, also operated a gas station and garage. The current population of Amboy is reportedly 4.

Advice to Joe
Roy Acuff
Advice to Joe

Just remember Mr. Stalin how we both fought side by side
When Hitler and Mussolini had you whipped and how you cried
Uncle Sammy came to help you gave you strength, we gave you all
And now your great ambition is to see our nation fall

You will see the lightnin’ flashin’ hear atomic thunders roll
When Moscow lies in ashes God have you mercy on your soul
Here’s a question Mr. Stalin and it’s you who must decide
When atomic bombs start falling do you have a place to hide?

Roy’s cafe went out of business quite quickly.