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Tiger Man

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(Burns / Louis)

 

Information:

Tiger Man was written by Joe Hill Louis and Sam Burns and recorded by Louis on November 17, 1952. His recording was not released. In 1953 Rufus Thomas recorded Tiger man at Sun Records, with Joe Hill Louis playing guitar. Thomas's recording, which mentioned "hound dog" and "bear cat" in the lyrics, did not chart. Kenneth Banks played bass on both versions.

 

Some have speculated that Elvis recorded Tiger Man at Sun Records, but that has not been substantiated. Elvis did sing Tiger Man in concert on a number of occasions, usually in medley with Mystery Train. The August 17, 1969, rebroadcast of the Elvis TV Special used Tiger Man as a replacement for Blue Christmas, which was sung in the original December 3, 1968, telecast. An August 10, 1970, performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas was used in the documentary Elvis - That's the Way It Is.


Lyrics:


I am the king of the jungle

They call me the tiger man
I am the king of the jungle
They call me tiger man
If you cross my path
You take your own life in your hands

1. Yeah, I get up on a mountain
And I call my bear cat back
Yeah, I get up on a mountain
And I call my bear cat back
My bear cat comes a runnin'
And the hound dogs get way back


1.1. (repeat)


Where it was released:

First released on Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star and Others 


LPs/CDs:

- Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star and Others (1968)

- Elvis Sings Flaming Star (1969)

- Elvis In Person (1969)

- Elvis In Person at the International Hotel Las Vegas (1970)

- Legendary Concert Performances (1978)

- The Legendary Recordings of Elvis (1979)
Elvis Aron Presley (1980)

Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (1981)

- Collector's Gold (1991)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters (1995)

- Platinum - A Life in Music (1997)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Tiger Man (1998)

- Burbank '68 (1999) - FTD

- Elvis Rockabilly (2000) - Millennium Masters

- That's the Way It Is - Special Edition (2000)

- One Night in Vegas (2000) - FTD

- Dinner at Eight (2002) - FTD

- Spring Tours '77 (2002) - FTD

- The Nashville Marathon (2002) - FTD

- Elvis at the International (2002) - FTD

- Closing Night (2004) - FTD

- The Impossible Dream (2004) - FTD

- Elvis NBC TV Special - The Vinyl Classics Edition (2005)

- Summer Festival (2005) - FTD

- Elvis Today (2005) - FTD

- Elvis Sings Flaming Star (2006)

- Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- Elvis in Person (2008) - FTD

- The Way It Was (2008) - FTD

- The Complete '68 Comeback Special (2008)

- That's the Way It Is (2008) - FTD

- Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas (2008) - FTD

- A Minnesota Moment (2010) - FTD

- Showtime! Birmingham/Dallas '76 (2010) - FTD

- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD

Live in Las Vegas (2011) - FTD

- Another Saturday Night (2012) - FTD

Hot August Night (2013) - FTD

- The Return to Vegas (2014) - FTD

Elvis in Alabama (2015) - FTD

NBC-TV Special (2016) - FTD

- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD
Spirit of Jackson, MS (2016) - FTD

What Now My Love (2018) - FTD

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Sold Out (1974) - E.C.P.

- The Hillbilly Cat "Live", 1954-1974, Volume 1 (1974) - Brookville Records

- Command Performance (1977) - ECP

- America's Own (1979) - Geneva

- The Burbank Sessions, Volume 1 (1979) - Audifon Records

- Standing Room Only, Volume 2 (1979) - Eagle Records Corp.

- That's The Way It Is (1980) - Amiga Records

- Long Lost Songs (1985) - Vault Records

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