The Page recording was issued by Mercury Records as catalog number 5534, and first reached the Billboard pop music chart on November 10, 1950, lasting 30 weeks and peaking at #1. It also reached #2 on the Billboard country music chart. The song became Patti Page's biggest hit and has received many awards.
The Les Paul/Mary Ford recording was issued by Capitol Records as catalog number 1316, and also reached the Billboard top 10.
Other recordings were made by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (on Decca Records, catalog number 27336) and by Jo Stafford (on Columbia Records, catalog number 39065). A British version was also recorded by Petula Clark.
On the Cash Box best-selling record charts, where all recordings were combined, the song first entered the chart on November 25, 1950, reached #1 on December 30, 1950, and remained #1 through the February 3, 1951 chart.
The State of Tennessee adopted the tune as one of its state songs in 1965.
Norah Jones played it as a tribute/encore during a live show at the House of Blues in New Orleans on August 24th 2002. It is featured as extra material on the following DVD-release of the show.
The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band plays "The Tennessee Waltz" at the end of every football game.
The Appalachian State University Marching Mountaineers and the Baylor University Golden Wave Band both play "The Tennessee Waltz" following the end of every home football game.
Middle Tennessee State University and their Band of Blue also play a beautiful rendition of the "The Tennessee Waltz" at the end of their football games.
Like "Roll Over Beethoven", "The Tennessee Waltz" is a self-referential metasong, i.e. a song about the song itself.
The Tennessee waltz in four-quarter time.(interview with University of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer)(Cover Story)
Aug 01, 1999; As choreographed by Phil Fulmer, 45-5 since 1995, Coach of the Year, 1998 I started playing football in the seventh grade, mostly...