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Re: Story Behind the Song, "Old Tige"
Manendra, thanks for posting this! I had read about the real life occurrence that happened to Jim which was similar to "Old Tige", and it sure is a strange story. I agree that this was a good pairing of songs on this 45, even though "Old Tige" was a old track from a five year old LP at that time. However, RCA Victor released quite a few 45's back in those days with older songs on the B-side, maybe more than you realize. They especially did this with Elvis. Some of his 45's that were released in the mid-'60's were sometimes TWO old album tracks released back to back. In other cases, they would release a new song as the A side, and reach back five or six years for an old LP track to use as the B side, much like Jim's "Distant Drums"/"Old Tige" release. RCA was always re-releasing old material on 45's to get as much mileage as they could out out of them.
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