OAK RIDGE — Visitors to this year’s version of the Oak Ridge Secret City Festival were treated to a rousing, 1940s Big Band version of a song written by a security guard about the days when the city was hush-hush.

OAK RIDGE — Visitors to this year’s version of the Oak Ridge Secret City Festival were treated to a rousing, 1940s Big Band version of a song written by a security guard about the days when the city was hush-hush.

 Willie “Little Red” Honeycutt wrote “Atomic City Boogie” in the late 1940s and recorded it in 1952.

One verse:

“Now if you like to boogie and you think you’re too old
Go down to Oak Ridge where the atoms grow
Just drink you some atoms from an old fruit jar
And you’ll be doin’ that Boogie eight to the bar.”

Read the whole story by Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Bob Fowler