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This was written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1947 and was originally a hit for Pee Wee King in 1948. Patti Page's recording is the best known version of this song, selling 10 million copies, the largest selling record by a female artist in recording history.
This was concurrently #1 on the pop, country and R&B charts, a feat no other artist in recording history can claim.
In 1965 this became one of the state of Tennessee's official state songs. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Patti Page originally recorded the country waltz to serve as a B-side. The record company was betting on its flip side, a Christmas novelty, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," which disappeared within weeks of its release, to be replaced by "Long Long Ago". "Mercury wanted to concentrate on a Christmas song and they didn't want anything with much merit on the flip side," Page later recalled. "They didn't want any disc jockeys to turn the Christmas record over. The title of that great Christmas song was "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," and no one ever heard of it."
This was the last song to sell a million copies of sheet music.
The success of the Patti Page version led to covers by Jo Stafford and Les Paul with Mary Ford (both of which reached the Top Ten) whilst versions by Teddy Johnson and Anita O'Day both topped the UK charts.
Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand
, is a fan.