Country Throwback: Watch Shania Twain Belt Tanya Tucker’s ‘Delta Dawn’ on TV

by Jacklyn Krol
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Get ready to be amazed by this “Delta Dawn” cover from Shania Twain.

A rare recording of Twain performing the hit was uploaded to YouTube. It is unclear what television show she performs this on, but it took place in 1993.

“She’s one of the singers that inspired me to become a country singer,” Twain told the audience before her performance. The crowd went wild for her rendition. She even mashed up Elvis Presley’s “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.”

Firstly, Twain first brought out Canadian country artist George Fox for Tanya Tucker’s classic. Secondly, Patricia Conroy joined in for Presley’s tune. Twain wasn’t the only country artist to give their take on the classic. Notably, Waylon Jennings gave a bone-chilling rendition of the tune.

Shania Twain on Singing ‘Delta Dawn’

“I think it’s more challenging to sing like that,” Shania Twain said of Tucker’s voice to Classic Bands.

She explained that you have to work with, practice, and get to know your voice, like she did. “That was kind of an exploring thing I did. That was more of the reason I did it. Music is such a fun thing. I like the best of all kinds of music really. I’ve always been Country based. I grew up listening to 8 track tapes of Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, just everyone.”

The History of Delta Dawn

In 1972, “Delta Dawn” was born from a 13-year-old Tanya Tucker. She first recorded a demo that reached the head of A&R for CBS Records, Billy Sherrill.

He signed her to Columbia Records. The ironic part is the fact that he wanted her to release “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” as her debut single. Tucker wanted “Delta Dawn” as she recently saw Bette Midler perform it on The Tonight Show.

For all the Country Music fans that can’t get enough of timeless hit “Delta Dawn,” be sure to check out Waylon’s cover here.

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