1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Tennessee Waltz recorded by Patti Page introduced November 18, 1950
Written by Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
Orchestra conducted by Jack Rael
While they were waltzing, Patti Page’s best friend stole her sweetheart in this huge hit that remained at the top of the charts for 13 weeks. One of the biggest hits of all time, second only to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, the record sold more than ten million copies. Legendary jazzman, Buck Clayton provided the record’s memorable trumpet refrain. The song was originally intended to be the ‘B’ side of the forgettable holiday novelty song Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz and an old friend I happened to see"