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Classical Gas Mason Williams (Warner Bros, 1968)

Classical Gas was originally an instrumental piece composed and performed by Mason Williams. (He has tinkered with his own piece several times over the years.) Classical Gas was born off Williams’ 1968 album, The Mason Williams Phonograph Record. Williams intended the piece to be the “fuel” for the classical guitar repertoire (hence “gas”). At the time, Williams was head writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Yes, Classical Gas debuted on the show. Classical Gas peaked in the top ten.