Aaron Tippin Biography

3 July 1958, Pensacola, Florida, USA. Tippin was raised in South Carolina and was granted a pilot’s licence when he was 15. At that time he wanted to be an airline pilot but circumstances changed when he lost his job in the aircraft industry and his marriage broke up, and when he was 28 Tippin found himself working in Nashville as a songwriter. Charley Pride recorded ‘Whole Lotta Love On The Line’ and he secured a recording contract with RCA Records. Comedian Bob Hope was impressed with his debut single, ‘You’ve Got To Stand For Something’, and he invited Tippin to come and sing this patriotic anthem to the troops involved in the Gulf War. This was a major boost for his career with the single reaching the country Top 10. Tippin wrote all the tracks on his 1990 debut album, You’ve Got To Stand For Something Else, which he recorded with an excellent studio band including Mark O’Connor, Larrie Londin, and Emory Gordy Jnr. , who also produced. The album was both modern and a throwback to the country music of the 40s, mixing honky-tonk anthems with sentimental anthems.

Many of Tippin’s songs are about the American working man and he has acquired a strong female following with such macho songs as ‘I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way’ (from 1992’s Read Between The Lines). This album also generated his first US chart-topper, ‘There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With The Radio’. His third album The Call Of The Wild was another major success, and spawned the Top 10 hits ‘My Blue Angel’ and ‘Working Man’s Ph.D.’. On his fourth album Lookin’ Back At Myself, Tippin parodied the Blues Brothers in ‘Mission From Hank’, while ‘Country Boy’s Tool Box’ featured the dubious lyric, ‘you just don’t fool with a country boy’s tool’.

Tippin’s popularity began to wane following his 1995 US number 1 hit ‘That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You’. He switched to the Lyric Street label in the late 90s and began peddling an even deeper patriotic line, epitomised by albums such as What This Country Needs (1998) and People Like Us (2000). The latter marked a resurgence in Tippin’s commercial fortunes, climbing into the country Top 5 and spawning the number 1 hit ‘Kiss This’. He was also on hand to provide the rallying cry of ‘Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly’ following the terrorist attacks in September 2001. This major country hit also reached the pop Top 20.

Tippin subsequently left Lyric Street to form his own label, Nippit Records. His debut for the label was 2006’s Now & Then, which included three new songs and newly recorded versions of 10 Tippin classics.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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