[Dixielandjazz] Tennessee Waltz

Barb Jordan jordan_barb at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 13 11:53:37 PDT 2009

Also, Canada's Anne Murray does a lovely rendition as well.


I almost prefer it to Patty Page's, but then I am a real Anne Murray fan.


Barbara Jordan

Burlington, Ontario, Canada
> From: barbonestreet at earthlink.net
> Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 11:59:13 -0400
> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Tennessee Waltz
> CC: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
> To: jordan_barb at hotmail.com
> Dear Listmates:
> Here's more than you want to know about The Tennessee Waltz. Basic 
> facts are that there is no specific dance, Tennessee Waltz, Patti Page 
> is the top record seller of it at over 10 million, and it is the #2 
> most played song in the USA. after White Christmas.
> BTW, Norah Jones has a pretty good, recent, rendition of it.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> The Tennessee Waltz (1947)
> Co-writer: Redd Stewart
> Artists: Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys, Cowboy Copas, Roy 
> Acuff, Patti Page, Lacy J. Dalton, Les Paul, Sammy Kaye, Spike Jones, 
> Guy Lombardo, Louvin Brothers, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Margaret 
> Whiting, Chet Atkins, Faron Young, The Ames Brothers, Connie Francis, 
> and many others.
> Many country hit songs were created as the result of the writer being 
> inspired by listening to another song. Such was the case in the 
> creation of the country standard, "Tennessee Waltz."
> Pee Wee King, was on the road to Nashville, Tennessee with his band 
> vocalist and good friend, Redd Stewart. He and Redd would often ride 
> in the luggage truck together while on the road, so as to be by 
> themselves to concentrate on their songwriting. As they crossed the 
> Texas/Arkansas border in Texarkana, the radio was blaring out Bill 
> Monroe's "Kentucky Waltz," which prompted the two of them into a 
> discussion as to why there had never been a waltz written about the 
> state of Tennessee? Pee Wee and Redd decided that it had probably just 
> been overlooked by the music business folks and that the two of them 
> should do so right away before someone else did! The duo decided to 
> write a set of lyrics to "No Name Waltz," a tune that the band had 
> used as a theme song for several years, but had never taken the time 
> to write lyrics to the melody. So on a late Friday night in 1946, 
> while crossing the Texas/Arkansas border, Pee Wee King and Redd 
> Stewart wrote the lyrics to what would become one of country music's 
> most popular tunes - "The Tennessee Waltz."
> The RCA single of "The Tennessee Waltz" made the country charts on 
> April 3, 1948 and peaked at number 3. It was on the charts for 35 
> weeks. The record also scored a number 30 on the pop music charts. 
> Cowboy Copas also scored a number 3 hit on the song that same year, 
> while Roy Acuff's version made it to number 12. Patti Page's 1951 
> version of the tune topped out at number 2, while Pee Wee re-recorded 
> the song, which made it to number 6. Lacy J. Dalton recorded it in 
> 1980 and took it to number 18.
> In 1965, Tennessee Waltz became the fourth official song of the 
> state. It was adopted by Senate Joint Resolution 9 of the 84th 
> General Assembly.
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