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Here's an interesting piece of prose about Fireball:
I was so struck by
Charlie Harville’s marvelous “Ballad of Fireball”
poem that I literally jumped through hoops on the Internet to find and
reprint it, about ten months after the original article ran at Insider
Racing News. I’m most pleased to find the Ballad listed on your “Music”
page; it should be available for all to see. Though I never met
Charlie Harville, I think he’d be smiling down from Heaven to know that
his work was once again being read and appreciated.
The Ballad of Fireball - by Charlie Harville
They gathered there at the Charlotte
Racing's legends were there that May,
There was Richard and David and Jimmy
Pardue's Plymouth was the fastest ride.
The green flag dropped, they started to
Seven was the fateful lap, running at top
Struggling out from his own burning ride,
Six thousand grew still as they learned
His valiant spirit strove his body to
But his deeds and triumphs stayed in the
And memories of him still are alive
EPILOGUE - 1994
Fireball loved music and he really knew how to "cut a rug". He would genuinely get a kick out the music composed about him. The following is a compilation of songs, either written about Fireball or just titled Fireball.
'Fireball Rolled A Seven' - Dave Dudley: Known for his steady stream of trucking song hits, Dudley penned this race song about a racing acquaintance. Is it Fireball Roberts?
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'Fireball' - Johnny ReB: Never forgotten, Doris Roberts personally authorized this modern country rock tune about Fireball.
"The song 'Fireball' is a celebration to the
memory of NASCAR's first superstar, Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, who ruled
the superspeedways throughout the south and beyond with his inate
ability and tenacity. Johnny ReB, My thanks to you for capturing the
spirit and excitement of a very special era in auto racing."
Fireball - by Johnny ReB
well i seen a cloud of dust/come roarin'
well he came from daytona/to the carolina
hills, bound and
he gave a rebel yell/he's headed for the
tells his wife and his daughter when he
well the way the story goes/around the
Johnny ReB - Fireball CAV005 - 2002
'Fireball' - Deep Purple: Has nothing to do with Fireball Roberts really, this is just a personal favorite because of the title and great drum track. Offered on their greatest hits album.
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