Original Manuscript Of Patti Page Classic ‘Tennessee Waltz’ Donated To University
(AP) – A group including Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, have donated the original manuscript of the “Tennessee Waltz” to the University of Tennessee.
The song will be in the possession of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on the Knoxville campus of the school. The lyrics were written on the back of a large matchbox by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart in 1946 while they were traveling back to Nashville from a show in Texas. Upon their arrival they transferred the song from the matchbox to a sheet of music.
The song was made famous by Patti Page – and has been recorded by more than 500 musical artists. It’s also one of Tennessee’s state songs.