August 9

The Different Versions of Pee Wee King’s “Tennessee Waltz”

The Different Versions of Pee Wee King's “Tennessee Waltz” 1
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“Tennessee Waltz” is a song written by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart in 1947. It was said that the songwriters were inspired by Bill Monroe’s “Kentucky Waltz” that they also made a song for themselves while they were traveling to Nashville. It took Pee Wee King a year before he was able to record the song with his Golden West Cowboys Band.

Patti Page Version

Patti Page was the best-selling female artist of the 50’s. She is known for her songs “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window,” “I Went to Your Wedding,” and her most popular song that sold millions of copy, “Tennessee Waltz.”  Her version of the song in 1950 entered not only the country chart, but it was able to crossover the Billboard pop chart. Patti recorded the song as B-side to her Christmas song “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” yet her Christmas song did not receive much attention. Her version of the song “Tennessee Waltz” made her career take off.

According to Billboard, Patti Page’s recording of the song “Tennessee Waltz” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Chart. In addition, her song remained on the chart for a total of three weeks. In 1998, the song was inducted into the Grammy’s Hall of Fame.

Other Cover Versions

The song became a popular hit, especially when Patti Page covered the song, that many artists recorded a version of this song. Some of the artists who record this song were Patsy Cline in 1962, Emmylou Harris in 1981, Anne Murray in 1978, Elvis Presley in 1981, Kitty Wells in 1960, and Dottie West in 1967.

The Song’s Content

“Tennessee Waltz” is a song about a man introducing his lover to his friend. However, his lover was stolen by his friend. The man is left alone, while his lover is with his old friend.

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