59 Years Ago: Buck Owens’ “Tiger By The Tail” Goes No. 1

59 Years Ago: Buck Owens’ “Tiger By The Tail” Goes No. 1 | Classic Country Music | Legendary Stories and Songs Videos

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Buck Owens’ hit song “Tiger By The Tail” is a country music classic that has stood the test of time.

The song was released in December 1964 and quickly climbed the charts, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on February 20th, 1966. It also crossed over to the pop charts, reaching number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

What is “Tiger By The Tail” About?

“Tiger By The Tail” is an upbeat, catchy tune with a memorable guitar riff and infectious chorus. The song tells the story of a man who’s been living life in the fast lane, but now he’s found himself with a “tiger by the tail” – a metaphor for a situation that’s difficult to control. Despite the challenges, the man declares that he’s not afraid to keep living life on his own terms.

The song’s success helped cement Buck Owens’ status as one of the most influential figures in the history of country music. Along with his band, the Buckaroos, Owens pioneered the “Bakersfield Sound,” which was a reaction to the polished, Nashville-style country music that was popular at the time. The Bakersfield Sound was characterized by a stripped-down, raw sound that emphasized electric guitars and drums, and it had a major impact on the evolution of country music.

“Tiger By The Tail” has stood the test of time.

“Tiger By The Tail” remains a beloved classic of the genre, even nearly 60 years after its release, and it continues to be covered by country artists to this day. Its timeless message of living life on your own terms, even in the face of adversity, is one that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds.

It was included in the 50th CMA Awards opening and was performed by Brad Paisley and Roy Clark

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