Monday, June 19, 2006

"Tennessee" Ernie Ford


Mostly up-tempo numbers on this LP from the 50's hence the name "Ol' Rockin' Ern". Not sure where I bought it - probably a boot sale a few years back.

"The booming baritone voice of Tennessee Ernie Ford was best known for his 1955 cover of Merle Travis' grim coal-mining song "Sixteen Tons," watered down by the dulcet strains of a Hollywood studio orchestra but retaining its innate seriousness thanks to the sheer power of Ford's singing. But there was more to Tennessee Ernie Ford than that. Over his long career, Ford sang everything from proto-rock & roll to gospel, recorded over 100 albums, and earned numerous honors and awards, including the Medal of Freedom. A native of Bristol, TN, he began his career a DJ on local radio station WOAI. He sang in high-school choirs, and in the late '30s he left to study voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He held radio jobs in Atlanta and Knoxville between 1939 and 1941 and then joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After the war, Ford moved his family to San Bernardino, CA, and took a DJ job on a local radio station. It was there that he first took on the name "Tennessee Ernie." "

Find out more about Ernie HERE.

Ernie Ford - Catfish Boogie

Ernie Ford - Anticipation Blues

Ernie Ford - Shotgun Boogie

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3 comments:

spice-the-cat said...

No offence to any pipe smokers out there who might be reading this but this has to be the most uncool LP cover photo that I've ever seen.

I can imagine a whole range of narcotics being passed round during a recording session but never in my wildest dreams could I imagine pipe tobacco being one of them.

Then again, perhaps the music is the perfect soundtrack to accompany that blissed out 'Condor' moment.

michael said...

A different time back then ofcourse when pipe smoking and any kind of smoking come to that, was considered cool and even healthy!

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He had The Holy Spirit in his voice. I loved his singing his example and wish there were another like him. But there never will be. The greatest entertainer that gave me Jesus bumps down to my toes.