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Love this guy's music and this song alot, great guy.
Record sleeve cover for January 1956 Capitol album that included ‘Sixteen Tons’ by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Cover of 'TV Guide' in March 1957, one of four he would appear on.
The top song in America during late 1955 and early 1956 was a tune about coal mining – a song about the hard life and poverty of being a coal miner. Its title was “Sixteen Tons” and it was made popular by a singer named Tennessee Ernie Ford. The song had actually been written in the 1940s, its verse grown piecemeal from oft-heard phrases and the lives of miners dating to the 1930s. And although the song had been previously recorded in the 1940s, it wasn't until the 1950s that it became a big hit.No. 1 Hit
“Sixteen Tons” hit Billboard’s Country Music charts in November 1955, and held the No. 1 position for ten weeks. By December 15, 1955, more than 2 million copies were sold, then making it the most successful single to date. It then crossed over to the pop charts, and held the No. 1 position there for eight weeks into early 1956. Ford later gave some background on the song’s recording in an interview he did with the Saturday Evening Post:
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