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Rocky Top Links and Its Origins in Gatlinburg Where Felice Lived

April 22 2003 at 4:57 PM
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Response to Felice Bryant -- Author of Tennessee State Song and Smokies Anthem "Rocky Top"

There's a bunch of stuff on Felice:

Below is an item from the Osborn Brothers Website
Rocky Top" was written by husband and wife team, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant in the spring of 1967. We recorded the song in October of '67 and it was released on Christmas day, December 25, 1967. At the time it was written, according to the writers, there was no such place. It was purely a fictitious place from their imagination. Since then, I'm told, there is such a place. Not a town mind you, just a place. If you stand on top of the hill above the Holiday Inn in Gatlinburg, and look across and above the Holiday Inn, there is a mountain peak which is called Rocky Top. I've never been able to see it myself. All I can see is the lift going up the side of that mountain. It was written in room number 9, in the Gatlinburg Inn, on the strip in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Their songs in 1975 had sold more than 200 million records. "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Love Hurts," "We Could," "Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go," "Let's Think About Living," "Country Boy," "Things," and on, and on.
Two of my closest, life long friends. Boud has been gone about 10 years and Felice still lives in Gatlinburg. They moved there a few years before Boud passed away, built the Rocky Top Inn motel and just enjoyed their life.

You can download Rocky Top mp3 from:

Here's the Rocky Top Lyrics

You can listen to low bandwidth .midi file at

Here's Rocky Top mountains in Tennssee

Here's a page on the histories of Tennessee songs.

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