Nat "King" Cole's song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" was considered for the show's theme. But CBS wanted an original theme to avoid paying the expensive royalties for Cole's song. Nelson Riddle's "Route 66 Theme" hit number thirty on the Billboard Hot 100, and was nominated for two Grammys. George Maharis recorded a version of Cole's song as a tribute.
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