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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Rock City Boogie (CD)

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Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Rock City Boogie (CD) CD 1
01 I've got the milk 'em in the morning blues Tennessee Ernie Ford
02 Tennessee Border Tennessee Ernie Ford
03 Philadelphia lawyer Tennessee Ernie Ford
04 Country Junction Tennessee Ernie Ford
05 Smokey Mountain Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
06 Anticipation Blues Tennessee Ernie Ford
07 Mule train Tennessee Ernie Ford
08 The cry of the wild goose Tennessee Ernie Ford
09 Feed 'Em In The Morning Blues Tennessee Ernie Ford
10 I'll Never Be Free - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Starr, Kay Tennessee Ernie Ford
11 Ain't nobody's business Tennessee Ernie Ford
12 Cincinnati dancing pig Tennessee Ernie Ford
13 Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women Tennessee Ernie Ford
14 I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More Tennessee Ernie Ford
15 Shotgun Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
16 Tailor Made Woman - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Carr, Joe "Fingers" Tennessee Ernie Ford
17 She's my baby Tennessee Ernie Ford
18 Mister And Mississippi Tennessee Ernie Ford
19 You're My Sugar - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Starr, Kay Tennessee Ernie Ford
20 Rock city boogie - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Dinning Sisters, The Tennessee Ernie Ford
21 Streamlined cannonball - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Dinning Sisters, The Tennessee Ernie Ford
22 Kissin' Bug Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
23 Woman is a five letter word Tennessee Ernie Ford
24 Hey, Good Lookin' - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / O'Connell, Helen Tennessee Ernie Ford
25 Cool Cool Kisses Tennessee Ernie Ford
26 Blackberry Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
27 I'm hog tied over you Tennessee Ernie Ford
28 Hey Mr Cotton Picker Tennessee Ernie Ford
29 Catfish Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
30 I don't know Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer (Bear Family Records) Five-Cd And Book Boxed Set Scores Grammy Nomination For Best Album Notes

 

Ted Olson, traditional country music scholar and professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. a stone’s throw from Bristol, Tenn. — country music’s birthplace and the hometown of Tennessee Ernie Ford — was producer and annotator of the Ford set.

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-1991) sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, and charted 17 Top Ten country singles and four Top Ten pop singles over a 35-year recording career. He also played significant roles in radio and television broadcasting.  But although he left a legacy of diverse and singular recordings and was a major influence on the generation of country and rock musicians that emerged in his wake, Ford’s stature as a culture figure receded from view to the point that recent generations have not recognized his name or his music. 

 

Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait of an American Singer, a 2015 boxed set from Bear Family Records featuring 5-CDs and a hardcover book, has gone a long way toward rehabilitating Ford’s reputation as a pioneering crossover artist and as an early shaper of rock ’n’ roll.  That set has now been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Album Notes category. The album notes writer for the new Tennessee Ernie Ford set, Ted Olson, also served as producer of the release. 

 

Journalist and author Barry Mazor wrote in The Wall Street Journal: “Ford’s adventurous 1949-1960 secular recordings for Capitol Records are the focus of a new, enormously entertaining 154-track boxed set, Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait of an American Singer (Bear Family Records). Music historian Ted Olson’s detailed notes track this ‘stellar singer who refused to let arbitrary genre rules dictate how he should interpret a song.’ The records themselves, though, as they evolve in production and performance, ultimately tell the rich story.”

 

The online music magazine The Second Disc praised the release:  “Bear Family’s presentation of Portrait of an American Singer is naturally exquisite in the label’s traditional fashion.  The LP-sized box houses its five discs in individual jewel cases with unique artwork and track listings.  The accompanying hardcover book written by the set’s producer, Ted Olson, would be worth the price of admission on its own. With more than 125 pages, it includes a remarkable text that amounts to a biography of Ford even beyond the period covered in the set.  This exceptional essay is joined by an array of photographs from the Ford family archives, plus detailed track-by-track liner notes (a rarity even among Bear Family boxes!), and an expectedly comprehensive discography by Bear Family’s Richard Weize and Russ Wapensy. Though the focus here is on Ford’s secular material (he would later immerse himself even more fully in gospel and spiritual recordings), the track-by-track notes and discography even address the sides which aren’t included. Ulf Hattwig’s remastering is superb.”

 

Ford launched his recording career in the late 1940s within the Country & Western field, and scored a dozen Top 20 country chart hits through the end of 1951. Yet within that same period he placed half a dozen Top 20 hits on the pop singles chart, demonstrating to his label, Capitol Records, and to disc jockeys and fans across the U.S. that there was broad appeal for his music.  In the early months of 1955, Ford’s version of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was a top five hit on the country chart as well as on the pop chart, foreshadowing Ford’s ultimate crossover achievement. Toward the end of that same year, his smash single “Sixteen Tons” topped both charts simultaneously, and rose to #1 in the U.K.  That release sold more than four million copies, and proved to be one of the most influential singles of the 1950s, inspiring many among the next generation in the U.S. and the U.K. to pursue careers in music. Becoming Ford’s signature song, “Sixteen Tons” was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and into the National Recording Registry.

 

After “Sixteen Tons,” Ford could not compete with the younger upstarts of the rock ’n’ roll era (only two of his releases after “Sixteen Tons” rose into the Top 40 pop chart), yet he had already shown all comers — from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis to Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Glen Campbell — that an artist need not be limited by an artistic persona shaped in previous performances and recordings. For younger musicians wanting to be unbound by any fixed artistic identity, Ford was a worthy and proven role model, and the fascinating story of his life and career is conveyed in Portrait of an American Singer through Ford’s innovative, influential recordings and through Olson’s comprehensive, compelling notes.

 

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Tracklist
Ford, Tennessee Ernie - Rock City Boogie (CD) CD 1
01 I've got the milk 'em in the morning blues
02 Tennessee Border
03 Philadelphia lawyer
04 Country Junction
05 Smokey Mountain Boogie
06 Anticipation Blues
07 Mule train
08 The cry of the wild goose
09 Feed 'Em In The Morning Blues
10 I'll Never Be Free - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Starr, Kay
11 Ain't nobody's business
12 Cincinnati dancing pig
13 Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women
14 I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More
15 Shotgun Boogie
16 Tailor Made Woman - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Carr, Joe "Fingers"
17 She's my baby
18 Mister And Mississippi
19 You're My Sugar - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Starr, Kay
20 Rock city boogie - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Dinning Sisters, The
21 Streamlined cannonball - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / Dinning Sisters, The
22 Kissin' Bug Boogie
23 Woman is a five letter word
24 Hey, Good Lookin' - Ford, Tennessee Ernie / O'Connell, Helen
25 Cool Cool Kisses
26 Blackberry Boogie
27 I'm hog tied over you
28 Hey Mr Cotton Picker
29 Catfish Boogie
30 I don't know