Going through my GTO 45 record collection that I collected over the years, I thought that many members on this board may not realize just how popular the GTO was at the time that influenced so many songs about the iconic car. I can't think of another car that has had as many songs sung about it. Most of these records came out in the tri-power era of the GTO.
The most famous is G.T.O. by Ronnie and the Daytonas (1964). The story goes that 2 kids wrote a song about the GTO and took it to Pontiac. Jim Wangers looked at the song and thought this would be a great promotion for the GTO. He changed a few lyrics and then approached The Beach Boys to sing the song. The Beach Boys wanted alot of money up front to record the song so Wangers found an obscure group called Ronnie and the Daytonas to record the song which became a hit. They sold a total of 1,250,000 records and the song was played on the radio an estimate of 7 million times.
Ronnie and the Daytonas' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjZ2S9JNVOE
The Beach Boys later did the song as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iticiSQwMdk
In 1978 Rodney and the Brunettes redid the original G.T.O. song and called it "Little GTO" and bought a 1967 GTO from his earnings from the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVtLo5omZV8
In 1964 Jan and Dean sang My Might GTO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z16bYF0w7n8
In 1965 Pontiac produced a record to promote the 65 GTO. This song was called GeeTO Tiger and was recorded by the Tigers. There were 2 versions of this record, one sold in the dealerships with a sleeve booklet that opened up showing the GTO burning rubber along with the tri-pwr carbs and the Hurst shifter. The other record was sold in stores where on the back of the record sleeve you could enter a contest to win a Hurst Gold 1965 GTO. These records have the most collectibility if you have the sleeve covers that came with them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrqLcp7uOj4
1965 brought another song, Go Go GTO by Carol & Cheryl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytuu-0rNh7M
In 1966 Gee Too Tiger by the Force Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TJWpXdURrA
In 1969 Paul Revere and the Raiders sang a song about a "special great one from Pontiac GTO" called THE JUDGE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2Ogj9ZuDYo
The 1st picture is the 1965 GeeTo Tiger record sleeve sold in the dealerships and the 2nd picture is the group that recorded the song The Tigers with the 65 GTO.