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- Walter Mosley on Tennessee Ernie Ford’s ‘Sixteen Tons’
- ‘Sixteen Tons’: Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Heavy-Hitting Classic
Walter Mosley on Tennessee Ernie Ford’s ‘Sixteen Tons’
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Today marks the anniversary of two important dates in music history. On October 17, , Tennessee Ernie Ford passed away, leaving behind a wide-ranging and hugely significant musical legacy. He paved his way in the world through his gregarious personality, his humor, his wit, and most notably, his distinctive baritone singing voice. Not for money, mind you — we never got paid. We just enjoyed singing. Travis drew inspiration from his family back home in Ebeneezer, Kentucky. I owe my soul to the company store.
Cliffie Stone played bass on the recording. The line "You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt" came from a letter written by Travis's brother John. I owe my soul to the company store. A version recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford reached number one in the Billboard charts,  while another version by Frankie Laine was released only in Western Europe, where it gave Ford's version competition. The sole authorship of "Sixteen Tons" is attributed to Merle Travis on all recordings  beginning with Travis's own record and is registered with BMI as a Merle Travis composition.
‘Sixteen Tons’: Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Heavy-Hitting Classic
Sixteen Tons by Tennessee ernie Ford (Lyrics on Screen)