Single Of The Day-Jim Nesbitt “A Tiger In My Tank”
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Single Of The Day takes you back to 1965 for a little Country Hot Rod music from Jim Nesbitt. South Carolina-born Jim Nesbitt is remembered for his novelty music, with nine Country 40 appearances between 1961 and 1970. Six of those singles would break into the Country 20, with one, “Lookin’ For More In ’64″, breaking into the top 10.
Today’s Single Of The Day is one of the six Country 20 hits, “A Tiger In My Tank”. Released by Chart Records, it made it’s debut in January, 1965, and would climb as high as fifteen on the charts. The title is taken from a popular ad slogan of the time, from Esso (now Exxon), that suggested using their gasoline was like putting a “tiger in your tank”. The record is up tempo, with what I would label as a strong Rockabilly-style sound. While no loud guffaws, it is a somewhat whimsical piece that comes off pretty well; strong enough that, unlike many novelty records, this one doesn’t burn out as quickly, at least as far as my ears are concerned.
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