I've Got a Tiger By the Tail (album)

I've Got a Tiger by the Tail is an album by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, released in 1965. It reached Number one on the Billboard Country charts and Number 43 on the Pop Albums charts.[1]

I've Got a Tiger by the Tail
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 1965
RecordedDecember 1964
StudioCapitol (Hollywood)
LabelCapitol ST-2283
ProducerKen Nelson
Buck Owens and His Buckaroos chronology
I Don't Care
I've Got a Tiger by the Tail
Before You Go
Singles from I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
  1. "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail"
    Released: December 28, 1964

It was re-released on CD in 1995 by Sundazed Records with two bonus tracks, both live performances recorded in Bakersfield, CA at the Civic Auditorium in October 1963. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[2]


The album was an example of Bakersfield sound, country music developed in the mid to late 1950s around Bakersfield, California, and influenced both by rock and what was called hillbilly music.[2] The album featured the distinctive sound of Don Rich playing the telecaster.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]

In his Allmusic review, critic Cub Koda called the album "Owens' Bakersfield honky tonk sound at the height of its freight-train rumbling powers."[1] The album was Billboard's first #1 country album of the year, in 1965.[3]

Track listingEdit

Side one
  1. "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" (Harlan Howard, Buck Owens) – 2:12
  2. "Trouble and Me" (Howard) – 1:54
  3. "Let the Sad Times Roll On" (Owens, Red Simpson) – 2:14
  4. "Wham Bam" (Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, Don Rich) – 2:01
  5. "If You Fall Out of Love With Me" (Owens, Owens) – 2:15
  6. "Fallin' for You" (Owens, Owens, Rich) – 2:01
Side two
  1. "We're Gonna Let the Good Times Roll" (Owens) – 2:15
  2. "The Band Keeps Playin' On" (Red Simpson, Fuzzy Owen) – 3:02
  3. "Streets of Laredo" – 2:55
  4. "Cryin' Time" (Owens) – 2:30
  5. "A Maiden's Prayer" (Bob Wills) – 2:33
  6. "Memphis" (Chuck Berry) – 2:27

1995 bonus tracksEdit

  1. "This Ol' Heart" (Eddie Miller, Bob Morris) – 1:12
  2. "Act Naturally" (Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison) – 2:28


  • Buck Owensguitar, vocals
  • Don Rich – guitar, fiddle, vocals (lead vocal on "Wham Bam")
  • Doyle Holly – bass, guitar, vocals (lead vocal on "Streets of Laredo")
  • Tom Brumley – pedal steel guitar, guitar
  • Willie Cantu – drums
  • Mel King – drums
  • Bob Morris – bass, vocals
  • Jay McDonald – pedal steel guitar
  • Jelly Sanders – fiddle, guitar


  1. ^ a b c Cub, Koda. "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  3. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - Top Country Albums". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2009-08-26.