With A Recent Lavish Boxed Set From Bear Family Focusing On The Sixteen Tons Singer's Early Years, Jack Watkins Thinks Tennessee Ernie Should Be Remembered More Fondly - And Especially For His Many 'boogies'
Tennessee Ernie Ford was a middle of the road TV showman when
he released the album bearing the title of his biggest hit. But many
of the early-50s tracks within its grooves actually revealed an underrated album of earthy, groundbreaking boogie. Jack Watkins hauls Sixteen Tons for another spin.