Celebrating 50 Years of Rocky Top
August 15, 2017
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Historic Gatlinburg Inn will celebrate the 50th Birthday of the iconic bluegrass standard, Rocky Top on Tuesday, August 15 at 5:00pm. Rocky Top was written in August 1967 by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in Room 388 of the Inn. The event kicks off with a special ceremony by the descendants of the original owners of The Gatlinburg Inn and Bobby Osborne. This is a rare opportunity to honor and elevate those who wrote the “Volunteer National Anthem” and State song in the lovely Historic Gatlinburg Inn.
In August of 1967 Hall of Fame songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant checked into Room 388 of the Inn. Taking a break from the album they were working on, they wrote the song “Rocky Top” in about 15 minutes; and the rest is history! The song was originally recorded by the The Osborne Brothers and released in December of that year. In 1972 it was played for the first time at a University of Tennessee football game by the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, and was an instant sensation. The song has been identified with UT sports teams ever since, and is a state song of Tennessee.
Dignitaries begin commemorative ceremony at 5:00 pm with entertainment to follow on the “Rocky Top” stage. Food and beverage vendors will be selling concessions. Musical guests will be Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Kenny and Amanda Smith, and Confederate Railroad.