Hmmm. Doesn’t sound like this little old lady drove it only to church on Sundays. Early in 1964, there was an ad campaign from Dodge that had a little old, white-haired lady (played by Kathrn Minner) speeding down a street and sometimes a drag strip in a modified Dodge. Then she would stop and say, “Put a Dodge in your garage, Hone-ey!” She was in the pop culture consciousness. The song was written by Jan Berry, Don Altfeld, and Roger Christian. Jan and Dean recorded and released it as a in 1964 backed with “My Might G.T.O” as well as on their 1964 album The Little Old Lady from Pasadena. The song went to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Cash Box.
The instrumentation for “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” was provided by the infamous session musicians of The Wrecking Crew. For this track, they included Leon Russell (piano); Tommy Tedesco, Bill Pitman, and Billy Strange (guitar); Ray Pohlman and Jimmy Bond (bass); Hal Blain and Earl Palmer (drums); and Tommy Morgan (harmonica).
Jan and Dean were William Jan Berry, and Dean Ormsby Torrence, who formed in Los Angeles and 1958. They helped to shape the California Sound and vocal surf music.