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From the time that Ford first stepped into Capitol's recording studio in 1949, until he left the label in '76, he recorded everything from swinging hillbilly boogies to American saga songs, pop standards and country favorites. This 20-track collection, focusing on his early days in the studio, assembles some of his biggest hits, but also a number of rarities and songs never reissued in the U.S. Highlights: "Smokey Mountain Boogie," "I'll Never Be Free" (with Kay Starr), "Hey, Good Lookin'" (with Helen O'Connell), "Sixteen Tons" and more.


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Milk 'Em In The Mornin' BluesTennessee Ernie Ford 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Country JunctionTennessee Ernie Ford 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Smoky Mountain BoogieTennessee Ernie Ford 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Anticipation BluesTennessee Ernie Ford 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Mule Train (1996 Digital Remaster)Tennessee Ernie Ford 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Cry Of The Wild GooseTennessee Ernie Ford 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. I'll Never Be FreeKay Starr/Tennessee Ernie Ford 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Shot-Gun Boogie (Digitally Remastered 96)Tennessee Ernie Ford 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I Ain't A-Gonna Let It Happen No MoreTennessee Ernie Ford 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. You're My SugarKay Starr/Tennessee Ernie Ford 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Streamlined CannonballThe Dinning Sisters/Tennessee Ernie Ford 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Hey, Good Lookin'Helen O'Connell 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. HamboneTennessee Ernie Ford 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Everybody's Got A Girl But MeTennessee Ernie Ford 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Snow Shoe ThompsonTennessee Ernie Ford 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Hey, Mr. Cotton PickerTennessee Ernie Ford 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Kiss Me BigTennessee Ernie Ford 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Sixteen TonsTennessee Ernie Ford 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. First BornTennessee Ernie Ford 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. HicktownTennessee Ernie Ford 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002SW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I always loved "Sixteen Tons", but I never knew any of Tennessee Ernie Ford's other songs. This collection, which is in chronological order, was terrific from beginnning to end, with lots of singable songs and excellent recording quality. Some of my favorites were "Milk 'em in the Morning Blues", "Country Junction", "I'll Never Be Free", "Hey Mr. Cotton-Picker" and, of course, "Sixteen Tons", but most of the other songs are very good, also. This CD is also a great value -- lots of songs for the price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For this release I can't be my hyper-critical self when it comes to the lack of his hit singles, simply because it doesn't advertise itself as such. Still, while there is a preponderance of Tennessee Ernie compilations dealing with a genre - religious hymns - for which he is also fondly remembered, he did put 37 hits onto the Billboard Country and/or Pop charts from 1949 to 1959, all for Capitol Records.

But just try and find a definitive "Greatest Hits Of" or "Best Of" for this genial balladeer, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990, a year before his death at age 72 on October 17, 1991. And that's a crime really.

Here they manage to give us 10 of those hits plus two uncharted B-sides, although one of the latter, I Got The Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues, backed his first hit ever, Tennessee Border, in April 1949 (# 8 on what then passed for the Country charts) on Capitol 15400, and that breakthrough hit is not here.

The hits they do provide are: Country Junction - # 14 Country in May 1949 on Capitol 15430; Smokey Mountain Boogie - # 8 Country in September 1949 on Capitol 40212; Mule Train - # 1 Country for 4 weeks and # 9 Pop in late 1949 on Capitol 40258, and its B-side, Anticipation Blues, which also charted at # 3 Country; The Cry Of The Wild Goose - # 2 Country and # 15 Pop in early 1950 on Capitol F1124; I'll Never Be Free - a duet with Kay Starr which hit # 2 Country and # 3 Pop in the fall of 1950 on Capitol F1124; The Shot-Gun Boogie - # 1 Country for 14 solid weeks and # 14 Pop in late 1950/early 1951 on Capitol F1295 (it's uncharted flipside, I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More, is also here); Hey Mr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mur29 on April 4, 2006
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He has great voice, fine songs.

"Sixteen tons" is highlight.

Good compilation,good booklet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomas on June 7, 2009
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I've always loved Tennessee Ernie Ford and I'm enjoying this cd. I highly recommend it if you want to go into nostalgia mode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PBV on October 1, 2008
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If you like classic country then TEF is a must have. A few songs are a bit corney but who cares. Highly recomended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. McMurdo on June 19, 2008
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I got this for my Dad, but I was tempted to keep it for myself. I love Tennessee Ernie Ford's style and that smoooooth voice. I could listen to him over and over again. In fact, I'll probably end up getting it for myself at some point. For now, I keep playing it whenever I'm at my friend's house. His "Fifteen Tons" is classic!
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By Ed P on February 1, 2013
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I got this because it has "16 Tons" on it which is one of my favorite songs of all time, but I was still young when it came out. But, I've only listened to it less than a dozen times since I got it two days ago. And now I just listen to all of the songs on the album, but just remember, I'm 75 years old. But they don't make music like this any more <smile>
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By FaerieChar on September 12, 2013
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I grew up listening to Tennnessee Ernie Ford. He as one of my Dad's favorite. Besides Elvis, he was one of the first people I remember listening to on the Louisiana Hayride. This CD has most of his earlier songs and of coarse, his most popular. If you are a Ford fan, you will love him. Of coarse, my sixteen year old grandson, said who is he?
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