It’s been quite a few decades since Tennessee Ernie Ford was a name on people’s lips, but thanks to a beautiful, definitive set from Bear Family Records, that may change, and with any luck an old legend will be thrust back into the spotlight.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait of an American Singer (1949- 1960) is a five-CD collection, released on the 60th anniversary of one of Ford’s most iconic and beloved hits, “Sixteen Tons.”
The definitive set, which contains 154 tracks, is a treasure for any music fan, showcasing the remarkable, prolific career of one of the first major “crossover artists,” who not only found success in his country and gospel roots, but also with pop, rock and r & b, with such hits as “Give Me Your Word,” “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” “The Shotgun Boogie,” and “I’ll Never Be Free.” It also contains a hardcover book, penned by Grammy nominated music historian Ted Olson, Ph.D., with essays, album notes, illustrations and rare photographs.
In his life, Ford was honored with inductions into the Country Music and Gospel Halls of Fame, and in 1984 he was the first country artist to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Elmore is giving away the collection to one lucky winner.
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