“Tennessee” Ernie Ford was born…Ernest Jennings Ford on February 13, 1919 in Briston, Tennessee. He charted 29 country hits from 1946-1976. He was one of America’s favorite hymn singers. In 1957 his album…”Hymns” peaked at #2 and remained on the charts for 277 weeks.
In March of 1955 his recording of…BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT became a #5 hit on the Billboard Pop Music charts. In November of 1955 he was back on the pop chart…this time with a song that would become his trade-mark signiture tune…SIXTEEN TONS on Capitol Records. The single charted on November 12, 1955 and was originally the “B” side of his record…YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A BABY TO CRY.
The song was written by Merle Travis and Ernie Fords version hit a note with radio DJ’s who soon fliped the singe to discover this classic tune. “Tennessee” Ernie Fords…SIXTEEN TONS…charted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart and remained at #1 for 10 weeks. On the Billboard Top 100 it charted at #1 and held the top-spot for 8 weeks. The record became one of the biggest hits ever to that date and sold millions of records. This classic single won a Grammy: Hall of Fame award.
“Tenessee” Ernie Ford passed away in October of 1991 at the age of 72…As he would say on his TV show…”Bless your little pea-pickin’ hearts”…Bless yours Ernie…Thanks for the music!!!!
CLICK ON THE TITLE…”TENNESSEE” ERNIE FORD IS SINGING HIS MILLION-SELLING #1 HIT…”SIXTEEN TONS”
Till the next time—Joe