“Smokey Mountain Memories”, a song written in 1973 by Earl Thomas Conley and Richmond Devereux, was recorded by Mel Street for the General Recorded Tape label, was recorded in January 1975, with the production of Dick Heard, the song was released in February From 1975, on May 10, 1975, it reached # 13 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, with a total of 14 weeks remaining on the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, It reached number # 43.
The song was included in Mel's fourth studio album, Smokey Mountain Memories (GRT 1975), the album was released February 1975, and reached # 16 on June 14, 1975, on the US Top Country charts Albums, and remaining in the charts a total of 25 weeks.
About the Smoky Mountain:
It’s been said that you can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can never take the mountains out of the boy. Perhaps no song better epitomizes this saying than Smoky Mountain Memories. No matter how far away one goes from these mountains or how much time elapses from his / her childhood in these hills, memories of the Smokies will never fade from one's mind and love for them will ever remain in one's heart.
Larry Sparks 1975 (King Bluegrass Records)
Earl Thomas Conley 1982 (RCA)
Mel Street - Smokey Mountain Memories Lyrics
Smokey Mountain memories bout my home in Tennessee
Yesterday keeps calling me calling me home
Mountains rising in my soul higher than the dreams I've known
Misty eyes they cling to me my Smokey Mountain memories
An old grey man with a dog asleep at his feet
Plays a worn out fiddle full of melodies
He smiles with his eyes but the lines on his face
Told me as much as the tunes he played
Talking bout my Smokey Mountain memories pretty girl from Tennessee
I was such a fool to leave leave her all alone
Think about her in my dreams I wonder if she thinks of me
I always hold her close to me in my Smokey Mountain memories
[ harmonica ]
So mister play your fiddle please play some moutain memories
I've been down a lonely road so far from home
Nothing left to hold on to I made some plans but they fell through
Now there's nothing left for me but my Smokey Mountain memories
Smokey Mountain memories bout my home...