Tennessee

Album: Jan & Dean's Golden Hits (1962)
Charted: 69
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the first song Buzz Cason and Bobby Russell wrote together; Cason would later write "Everlasting Love," and Russell would write "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia."

    Both songwriters are from Tennessee, so they made it the setting for this song. "They say write about what you know, so we wrote about Tennessee," Cason told us.
  • Cason and Russell released the first version of this song in 1961 as part of a studio group they assembled called The Todds, which released the song on Todd Records. That went nowhere, but Jan & Dean had a modest hit with the song. The duo had even more success with another Cason/Russell song, "Popsicle," which went to #21 in 1966.

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