"Rocky Top" is an American country and bluegrass song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in 1967 and first recorded by the Osborne Brothers later that same year. The song, which is a city-dweller's lamentation over the loss of a simpler and freer existence in the hills of Tennessee, is one of Tennessee's ten official state songs.
A marching band version of the song “Rocky Top” has been played by the school's Pride of the Southland Band at Tennessee football games since 1972. When the Band played it for the first time during halftime of the Tennessee-Alabama game that year, the fans went bonkers, and at that point the then band director W.J. Julian knew his pupils were onto something. From then on, he kept “Rocky Top” in the Pride of the Southland’s repertoire.
The Osborne Brothers' 1967 bluegrass version of the song reached No. 33 on the U.S. Country charts, and Lynn Anderson's 1970 version peaked at No. 17 on the U.S. Country charts. In 2005, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ranked "Rocky Top" number seven on its list of 100 Songs of the South.
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