“Tennessee Waltz” Writer Dies

Redd Stewart, who co-wrote the country standard “Tennessee Waltz,” died Sunday (Aug. 3) in Louisville, Ky., at the age of 80. Stewart joined Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys in 1937, eventually replacing Eddy Arnold as the band’s lead singer and frequently performing on the Grand Ole Opry. Stewart wrote Ernest Tubb’s No. 1 hit, “Soldier’s Last Letter,” in 1944. Though King and Stewart co-wrote and recorded “Tennessee Waltz” as a country song in 1948, it was in 1950 and 1951 that Patti Page made it a huge crossover hit. Stewart is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday (Aug. 6) in Louisville. 08/04/03