B-side sentimentalizer: `Tennessee Waltz' in the history of popular music

September 1992
Musical Quarterly;Fall92, Vol. 76 Issue 3, p337
Academic Journal
Takes a look at why Patti Page's `Tennessee Waltz' was the most successful record of its era. Recorded 300 times; Easy transparency of Page's version has discouraged musicological investigation, scholars and musicologists raised on the classics have dismissed it for its popularity, and rock 'n'roll aficionados shun it for its artificiality; Composed by Pee Wee King; Variety lent by the instrumental improvisations; The offbeat phrasing; The recasting of the vocal line; More.


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