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08:21 AM
Sat 23, 2014
Ashton Group
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Nashville Restaurants
Neighborhood Cuisine
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Neighborhood : Downtown    Cuisine : American    Phone : 615-726-0463
Mom's was the original name of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Tootsie Bess bought Mom's in 1960.

She credits a painter with naming Tootsie's. She came in one day to find that he had painted her place orchid...thus the name Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

She was a singer / comedienne with "Big Jeff & The Radio Playboys". Jeff Bess was the bandleader and Tootsie's husband.
 

She recorded, "My Little Red Wagon" and "Tootsie's Wall of Fame"

Records recorded about Tootsie's include "The Wettest Shoulders in Town" and "What's Tootsies Gonna Do When They Tear the Ryman Down?"

Charlie Pride gave her the jeweled hatpin that she used to stick unruly patrons.

It is rumored that Roger Miller wrote “Dang Me” in Tootsies.

Famous early customers were Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Hank Cochran, Mel Tillis, Roger Miller, Webb Pierce, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and many more.
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