The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

April 9, 2022

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.

Lyrics:

(Genius)

 

I was dancing with my darling to the Tennessee Waltz

When an old friend I happened to see

I Introduced her to my loved one and while they were dancing

My friend stole my sweetheart from me

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz

Now I know just how much I have lost

Yes, I lost my little darling on the night they were playing

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

I was dancing with my darling to the Tennessee Waltz

When an old friend I happened to see

I Introduced her to my loved one and while they were dancing

My friend stole my sweetheart from me

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz

Now I know just how much I have lost

Yes, I lost my little darling on the night they were playing

The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

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