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RPM: Smilin’ Jack Smollon’s “Year of the Tiger”

2010 is the Year of the Tiger. Don't pretend you haven't thought it.

I must have been drunk with Disney anticipation — how else to explain forgetting to share Smilin’ Jack Smollon’s “Kentuck Klassics” last week. The choices were legion.

Not so with Arkansas. I believe the only time we played the Hogs during Smollon’s career as Lee County’s No. 1 radio pep-poet was in the ’84 Liberty Bowl. If he produced a tune for that game, I can’t find it.

But I don’t want to go without smilin’ for two weeks in a row.

And 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. (And don’t pretend you don’t feel it.)

And “Wolfpack” rhymes with “Razorback.” And if you slur it real fast, “Arizona Wildcats” kind of sounds like “Arkansas Razorkbacks”

And so the third installment (you can find the first here, the second here, the third here) of Rah-rahs Per Minute, TWER’s series focusing on the vinyl (and otherwise-formatted) sounds of Auburn Spirit too long relegated to the rotting Shasta box bulk-bins of our thrift stores and garage sales, is, like several previous installments, are two of… oh… 100 or so little ditties — two of the catchiest, I might add — salvaged from the dumpster behind the old WJHO offices (now WANI) in Opelika… Smilin’ Jack Smollon’s “Year of the Tiger” (1979 – Year of the Jer) and “This is the Year” (1977).



This is the year, the time is here, the Year of the Tiger is here. Shed not a tear, there is no fear… this is Auburn’s year… sing it, Jack.

… need more pep? Don’t forget the 1962 Beat Clemson pep-rally.

* 1957 media guide cover via WeaglWeagl.

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Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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