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Here’s an open secret about “Rocky Top”: it’s not Tennessee’s official fight song*. But that fact doesn’t matter to Volunteers fans. The catchy, beloved tune is practically synonymous with their school.
*UT’s official fight song is “Down the Field.”
“Rocky Top” has been played at Tennessee football games since 1972, but before we get there, let’s talk about how the song came to be. It sprung from the minds of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, a husband-and-wife country songwriting duo that penned hits “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye, Love,” and “Love Hurts.” For a stretch in 1967, the Bryants stayed at the Gatlinburg Inn in Gatlinburg, Tenn., while they worked on a record for Hee Haw star Archie Campbell.
“It was an album about golden memories or something along that line and they thought that was a little depressing and said…