Tanya Tucker performs “What’s Your Mama’s Name” Live Video On Hee Haw.

The song would be included on the album, What's Your Mama's Name (Columbia 1973). It would be the first number one, for young Tanya Tucker.

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What’s Your Mama’s Name:

Lp cover Tanya Tucker ( Columbia 1973 )
Lp cover Tanya Tucker (Columbia 1973)

A song written by Dallas Frazier & Earl Montgomery, and recorded by Tanya Tucker on January 5, 1973, and released in February of the same year, for the Columbia label, with the production of Bill Sherrill, the song would reach number one on the country charts, on May 19, 1973, also getting to reach number one on Canadian country charts. The song would be included on the album, What’s Your Mama’s Name (Columbia 1973). It would be the first number one, for young Tanya Tucker.
Tammy Wynette also recorded an unpublished version of the song in the early seventies. His version was never officially released until after his death in 1998.

About the song:

Single Cover Germany Version ( CBS 1973 )
Single Cover Germany Version ( CBS 1973 )

The song tells the story of a man named Buford Wilson. The story begins when the young Buford travels to Memphis, Tennessee, in search of a woman with whom he had had a previous relationship in New Orleans. He spends the next decade asking people about the woman’s whereabouts, and is generally ignored. Now described not as a “young man” but as “a drunkard”, he has an encounter with a young woman with green

eyes. As it is said in the chorus of the song:

“What’s your mother’s name, girl? What’s your mom’s name? Do you ever talk about a place called New Orleans? Have you ever mentioned a man named Buford Wilson?”

Single Pinkerton County ( Solent 1974 )
Single Pinkerton County ( Solent 1974 )

Wilson is arrested for tempting a child, after he offered her a nickel candy if she revealed the identity of her mother, and is imprisoned for a month. The last verse describes how, about a year before the present, Wilson, now a “lost soul” that the county has to claim, is found dead in Memphis, in a ragged coat. Inside the coat pocket there is a “faded letter” that says: “You have a daughter, and her eyes are Wilson’s green”, which shows that Wilson’s intention was not predatory, but simply to find his lost daughter and return to connect with his mother, his loss Love.

Lp Cover Brush Arbor ( Capitol 1973 )
Lp Cover Brush Arbor ( Capitol 1973 )

Versions :

Lance James 1973 ( EMI Brigadiers )
Brush Arbor 1973 ( Capitol )
George Jones 1973 ( Epic )
Suzanne Prentice 1973 ( Master Records )
Philomena Begley 1974 ( Release )
Pinkerton County 1974 ( Solent )

Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name lyrics
[Verse 1:]
Thirty some odd years ago
A young man came to Memphis
Asking about a rose
That used to blossom in his world

People never took the time
To mind the young man`s questions
Until one day
They heard him ask a little green eyed girl

[Chorus:]
What`s your mama’s name, child?
What`s your mama’s name?
Does she ever talk
About a place called New Orleans?

Has she ever mentioned
A man named Buford Wilson?
What`s your mama`s name, child?
What`s your mama`s name?

[Verse 2:]
Twenty some odd years ago
A drunk down in Memphis
Lost a month of life and labor to the county jail

Just because he asked
A little green eyed girl a question
And offered her a nickel`s worth of candy
If she`d tell

A year and some odd days ago
An old man died in Memphis
Just another wayward soul the county had to claim

Inside the old man`s ragged coat
They found a faded letter
It said you have a daughter
And her eyes are Wilson green

[Chorus:]
What`s your mama’s name, child?
What`s your mama’s name?
Does she ever talk
About a place called New Orleans?
Has she ever mentioned
A man named Buford Wilson?

What`s your mama’s name, child?
What`s your mama’s name?
What`s your mama’s name, child?
What`s your mama’s name?

Single Tanya Tucker ( Columbia 1973 )
Single Tanya Tucker ( Columbia 1973 )

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