Today is the birthday of Wayne King, otherwise known as “America’s Waltz King”. I hadn’t realized until reading it that our nation has been blessed with Waltz Royalty. Unfortunately for Wayne, American waltzing takes place in a very tiny kingdom.
King’s band is known for a number of old tunes, including this one.
King himself is the pride of Savanna, Illinois, a river town crammed so tightly into the northwestern corner of the state there was no room for an H at the end of its name. Savanna’s wikipedia page gives Wayne King top billing on its list of noteworthy residents.
- “America’s Waltz King” Wayne King
- Professional wrestler Tommy Treichel
- Billy Zoom (Tyson Kindell) founding member of the punk band X
- Major League Baseball player Pete Lister
- Former NASA astronaut Dale Gardner.
Of course we all have our specific areas of interest and personal preferences that we bring to the creation of any pecking order. Which is why I’m baffled that the astronaut is last on the list. Don’t get me wrong, waltzing is lovely and professional wrestling is fun, but Gardner wrestled satellites while weightless, and weightless is how the best waltzers look when they’re doing it right, so I figure he should get extra points for combining skills.
Who should get top billing as the most noteworthy resident of your town?