Actor, pianist and composer Bobby Troup wrote "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" in 1946 and must have lead a wonderful life as he was married for years to Julie London. Note his different pronunciations on the word "route". Everyone from The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, John Mayer and Depeche Mode has recorded this classic.
The King Cole Trio (Nat Cole, Oscar Moore and Wesley Prince) had the number one chart hit in the year it was composed. Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adam Coles) re-recorded "Route 66" again in 1956 and 1961.