Sixteen Tons [Bear Family]

Sixteen Tons [Bear Family]

by Tennessee Ernie FordTennessee Ernie Ford


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Tennessee Ernie Ford was one of the biggest singing stars in the '50s. After an Army stint during World War II, Ford left his Southern roots for the proto-fame of several radio jobs in Los Angeles. He soon met bassist and Capitol A&R man Cliffie Stone and proceeded to cut a slew of hit sides for the label. The country bumpkin character Ford had developed in radio was put in front of the mike and surrounded by some of Capitol's top country session men. Along with Stone, Ford's band included the likes of guitarist Jimmy Bryant, pedal-steel wizard Speedy West, drummer Roy Harte, and pianist Billy Liebert. This generous Bear Family disc rounds up 25 of Ford's prime Capitol sides, including the hit title track and sides bearing both his Ma & Pa Kettle persona and more straightforward honky tonk in the Hank Williams mode. Beyond Ford's incredibly varied singing, there's a wealth of stellar contributions from his cohorts -- Bryant and Liebman are particularly impressive. As usual, Bear Family provides excellent notes and very thorough discography details. A must for fans of vintage country music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127154873
catalogNumber: 15487
Rank: 74374

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tennessee Ernie Ford   Primary Artist,Vocals,Finger Snapping
Merle Travis   Electric Guitar
Kay Starr   Vocals
Helen O'Connell   Vocals
Wade Ray   Fiddle
Cliffie Stone   Bass
Billy Strange   Acoustic Guitar
Jack Fascinato   Piano
Jimmy Bryant   Electric Guitar
Roland Bundock   Bass
Bobby Gibbons   Acoustic Guitar
Roy Harte   Drums
Charles Parlato   Trumpet
George Bruns   Trombone
Darol Rice   Bass Clarinet
Harold Hensley   Fiddle
Eddie Kirk   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Liebert   Accordion
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Red Murrell   Acoustic Guitar
Lou Busch   Piano
Larry Tice   Clarinet
Paul Mason Howard   Zither

Technical Credits

Tennessee Ernie Ford   Composer
Merle Travis   Sound Effects
Robert Allen   Composer
Anita Kerr   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Jimmy Bryant   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Billy Kemp   Composer
Leon Washington   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Lee Gillette   Sound Effects
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Cary Ginell   Liner Notes
Allan Roberts   Composer
R. Saunders   Composer

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