Apr 21, 2010
The very cool blog Any Major Dude has a continuing series of posts entitled "The Originals", where the roots of famous songs are explored. Today has a perfect posting to comment on, as the history of "Tennessee Waltz" is explored, beginning with the original from 1948 written by Pee Wee King and recorded first by the Cowboy Copas, and then by King. Of course, most of us know the Patti Page hit from 1950 as the definitive version. Lots to read and listen to here.
So let me put my two cents in and give you yet another version of "Tennessee Waltz", this one by Sonny Rollins. I've been on a bit of a Sonny kick these days, so click here and enjoy the Saxophone Colossus' take on the country classic. This one comes from Falling in Love with Jazz, a 1989 session in New York City that includes Rollins playing sax, Mark Soskin on piano, Jerome Harris on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums.