"Tennessee Saturday Night"
is a Western swing ballad written by Billy Hughes. The song tells of Tennesseans
having a good time on a Saturday night. Each verse ends with the refrain:
- ... they all go native on a Saturday night.
Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys had a huge hit with the song (Decca 45136), staying on the charts for 11 weeks, reaching #1 on March 19, 1949. Johnny Bond's recording (Columbia 20545) reached #11 later that year.
The Pied Pipers
(RCA 20-3360) and Ella Mae Morse
(Capitol 1903) also had early recordings of the song. Pat Boone
released a version in 1954. Roy Clark
's (Churchill 94007) reached #85 in 1982. Other well-know recordings include those by Ernest Tubb
(1961) and Jerry Lee Lewis
(1967). The song has been recorded numerous times.
- Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1