☀️ Song of the Day: “The Tennessee Waltz” by Patti Page

Today’s song of the day is an American country song, “The Tennessee Waltz,” by Patti Page.

Fun Facts:

  • “Tennessee Waltz” was written in 1946 by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart, with King writing the music and Stewart the lyrics.
  • The song was well-received upon its release, but it became a multimillion seller after being sung by Patti Page.
  • A specific 1950 recording of Page’s rendition became exceptionally popular, particularly in Japan. Today, it remains Japan’s best-selling song of all time.
  • Page released “The Tennessee Waltz” as a single in November 1950. Its B-side track was “Long, Long Ago.”
  • In 1965, the song was adopted as one of Tennessee’s official state songs.
  • Other artists who have covered the hit include Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Ray Brown & the Whispers, Leonard Cohen, and more.
  • Patti Page was born as Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927, in Claremore, Oklahoma. She described her family as poor and large, her being one of eleven children. She grew up without electricity and often helped pick cotton along with her siblings.
  • In 1997, Page was formally inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
  • In 2013, shortly after her passing, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

Originally published at https://song.of-the-day.com.

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J.N. Estey

J.N. Estey

She/her. MSW. Published writer and poet. Columbia ’21. ☀️ = Professional work, 🌙 = Personal work.