His name sounded very hillbilly: Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919-1991). But don’t get fooled: hidden behind the hillbilly camouflage was a versatile singer and sophisticated entertainer. Tennessee Ernie Ford sang raw rock ‘n’ roll, country songs, standards and spiritual music. He had his very successful TV shows in the nineteen fifties and nineteen sixties.
Have a look at some wonderful duets with guitar player and singer Merle Travis (1917-1983). Who by the way wrote Ernie’s signature hit “Sixteen Tons”. The duets are from “The Ford Show”, aired 1960 on November 24. They just sing some ditties, but the joy and positive energy is overwhelming.