Nutbush City Limits is the title track of the album Nutbush City Limits and released as a single one of the biggest Ike & Tina hits, especially in Europe. Tina wrote the lyrics, because the melody reminds her of her hometown Nutbush. Ike & Tina performed this song at several tv shows for promotion (Musikladen, Cher Show) and live at their concerts, but strangely enough, there was no live version released on any album. The Australian maxi single from 1978 contains a disco version as well as a very rare longer version of the song „Funkier Than A Mosquitas Tweeter,“ which was written by Tina’s sister Alline. Nutbush City Limits is one of the few Ike & Tina songs which Tina even performed in her concerts after the divorce from Ike. She also re-recorded it as a dance version in 1991 for her Simply The Best greatest hits collection and once again for the 1993 What’s Love Got To Do With It soundtrack album in a more original styled version.
Released in August 1973 from United Artists Records on 7“ & 12“ vinyl, Nutbush City Limits reached #2 in Germany, #4 in England and #22 in America. An additional 12“ maxi single was released in Australia from Festival Records in 1978.
Vinyl Single (UK) - Front Cover
Vinyl Single (UK) - Back Cover
A. Nutbush City Limits 2:57
Written by Tina Turner / Produced by Ike Turner
Recorded at Bolic Sound, March 1973
B. Help Him 3:46
Written by A. Williams / Produced by Ike Turner, Andre Williams
Recorded at Bolic Sound, July 1972
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A. Nutbush City Limits (Extended Disco Version) 5:40
B. Funkier Than A Mosquitas Tweeter (Long Version) 4:05
Written by Alline Bullock / Produced by Ike Turner
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(dmc) Nutbush City Limits 4:56
Remixed by Sanny X
Vinyl Single (Europe) - Front Cover
Vinyl Single (Italy) - Front Cover
Vinyl Single (Germany) - Front Cover
Billboard Promo - August 04, 1973
And isn’t it nice to hear Tina (Bullock) Turner and her husband doing so very very well out in Hollywood, California. And isn’t it nice to hear that she and Ike remember their old friends and past good times in Nutbush on their brand new single record, NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS.
The song is a change in sound for the young couple, who have apparently gone through quite a number of changes since leaving home to seek their fortune.
Everyone in Nutbush recalls PROUD MARY with pride, and NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS (UA-XW298-W) is going to be their biggest and best yet! Hooray for you, Ike & Tina, you’ll always be number one in Nutbush. With a bullet!
United Artists Promo