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Local Bar Inspiration For Number One Billboard Hit

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Local Bar Inspiration For Number One Billboard Hit

By Rebekah Rae. CREATED Mar 24, 2014

Omaha, NE - The country western song shoved him into the national spotlight. Decades later, Chip Davis is giving thanks to the local bar where he found his inspiration. 

Along side a quiet road outside city limits, there's a bar that's easy to overlook. Even the name is hard to remember.  The Forgot Store.
 
"It's a pretty good little neighborhood bar," says bar owner George Cullen.  Inside his neighborhood watering hole, memorabilia a bit harder to forget.
 
Encased in a gold painted frame, a gold record. "We're going to put it under lock and key cause I don't want the gold going out the door," chuckles Cullen.  
 
The record in Cullen's possession was awarded to country western song writer, Chip Davis after his 1975 song, Convoy, sold more than one million copies. 
 
"It's one of the most iconic truck driving songs ever written." A song about the open road. "The message of the song is the freedom of the open road and we're just going to get things done with or without the government and that's just the way it is."
 
Convoy topped the billboard charts for six weeks and decades later can be heard at karaoke bars around the nation and it all started in a dainty Ponca Hills bar. Decades before Cullen owned the Forgot store, Davis and partner Bill Fries found inspiration while enjoying a few beers and a cheeseburger.
 
Unless you're a trucker, the song doesn't make much sense. Cullen is a former big rig driver and has lived each lyric. "It's kind of amazing being out in the middle of nowhere two guys sitting in a little mom and pop bar writing a song that sells 20 million copies."
 
Davis still visits the bar often but even in his absence, his presence hangs on a wall. His gold record has found a home a mile outside Omaha in Cullen's neighborhood pub.