Where is ‘Rocky Top’?

With last night’s win over Rutgers, Coach Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee Lady Vols won their seventh national basketball championship. Several times during the game, the UT Band played “Rocky Top,” the University fight song.

Just where is Rocky Top? The song was written in Gatlinburg by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Wikipedia claims that the song names one of the three peaks of Thunderhead Mountain, which, oddly enough, is located in North Carolina.

The folks in Leipers Fork, however, claim that “Rocky Top” is actually northwest of their town in rural Williamson County. In the early 20th Century, this was the poor end of what is now Tennessee’s wealthiest county, and moonshining was a common practice.

Wherever “Rocky Top” actually sits, it’s great to hear it on the winning end of national championships.



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