Gatlinburg Inn Celebrates 50 Years of “Rocky Top”

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic bluegrass standard, Rocky Top, which was written August 1967 by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in Room 388 of the Gatlinburg Inn, with a special event 4:30-10 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Gatlinburg Inn. The event is free and open to the public.

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 Tennessee song in the Historic Gatlinburg Inn.

Live music by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Kenny and Amanda Smith, and Confederate Railroad follows the commemorative ceremony on the Rocky Top stage. Food and beverage vendors will be selling concessions.   

Please contact Karen Massey to coordinate interviews at Karen.RockyTop50@yahoo.com.

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 University of Tennessee sports teams ever since, and is a state song of Tennessee.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010