Some 'Tennessee Waltz' Trivia
On March 6, 1947, Redd and Pee Wee were traveling by truck from a performance in Henderson, Texas. The radio was turned to WSM's Grand Ole Opry. As they listened to Bill Monroe sing 'The Kentucky Waltz,' Pee Wee jokingly said to Redd, 'Why haven't you written a song about your home state of Tennessee?'
At that moment, with pencil in hand and nothing but the cover from one of those large boxes of wooden matches on which to write, Redd began scribbling the words to the 'Tennessee Waltz.' Upon returning to his home in Nashville, he transcribed what he had written onto paper and penciled in the notes.
Tennessee Waltz is second only to Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ as the biggest selling song of all-time.
Norah Jones played it as a tribute/encore during a live show at The House of Blues in August 2002.
The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band & The Baylor University Golden Wave band both play ‘Tennessee Waltz’ after every football game.
There was a ride at Opryland (amusement park in Nashville, Tennessee called ‘The Tennessee Waltz’ that was a revolving swinging ride, with 48 swings suspended in a carousel made in Austria.
There is a blouse available called 'Tennessee Waltz Blouse.'
The ‘Tennessee Waltz’ was awarded BMI’s 3,000,000 Airplay Award. This prestigious honor is shared with Barry Manilow’s, ‘I Write The Songs,” Frank Sinatra’s “ My Way”, Hank William’s, ‘Your Cheatin Heart,” Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender” and Roger Miller’s, ‘King of the Road.”