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Story Behind The #1 Song With Gary Hannan
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off
By Doak Turner
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2006-01-07
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Doak Turner gets the Story Behind The #1 Song, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” as told by one of the songwriters, Gary Hannan. He has lived in Nashville for eight years and had several independent cuts.

Gary recently had his first #1 song, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” recorded by Universal South recording artist Joe Nichols. Gary is a native of South Africa and writes for Judy Harris Publishing in Nashville.

Download: “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off

[Doak Turner] Where did the song title come from?

Gary Hannan About twenty five years ago I was serving in special forces in the Rhodesian war. While in base camp, in between operations, my buddies and I would sit around a fire and pass the guitar around. We would tell jokes and one-liners and amuse ourselves to relieve the stress of the situation.

It was there I first heard the comments, “Brandy makes me randy” ... “Whiskey makes me frisky” …, and “Tequila makes my pants fall off.” I used the tequila line a lot thru the years, and have heard it used a lot in New Zealand when I was over there in the eighties.

[Doak Turner] So, how did you take that title and make it a #1 song?

Gary Hannan I was out for a couple of beers with my buddy, John Wiggins, at the Broadway Brew House in late 2004. He offered me a shot of tequila, to which I gave my usual response, “Hell no, it makes my pants fall off!” John said, “That's a great song idea … let's write it, but make it a woman and change pants to clothes.” I said no way, it would be too offensive and would never get cut. John was adamant that it could be done and, trusting his better judgment, we got together the next morning and wrote “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.”

We demoed the song four months later, and my publisher played it for Tony Brown (Senior Partner of Universal South Records), who heard it for Brooks and Dunn. In one week we also had major interest for Tim McGraw, Tracy Byrd and a couple of others. When Ronnie Dunn said they already had enough drinking songs on the new album, Universal South A & R head Mike Owens picked up the song for Joe Nichols. The video has been in hot rotation for both CMT and GAC.

[Doak Turner] What’s next for you?

Gary Hannan I’m going to continue to write songs and start doing seminars for songwriters. One of the topics will be “Staying the Course for Your First #1 Song.” I will be doing the first seminar on February 10th and 11th in Nashville with another co-writer, Max T Barnes Jr.

[Doak Turner] Where can readers find out about the seminar?

Gary Hannan They can write you at doakt@comcast.net for details of the event.

[Doak Turner] Thanks, Gary – continued success to you and more #1 songs in your future!

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