Tennessee Ernie Ford – All-Time Greatest Hymns
Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, he is remembered for his hit recordings of ”The Shotgun Boogie” and ”Sixteen Tons”.
He released almost 50 country singles through the early 1950s, several of which made the charts. Many of his early records, including ”The Shotgun Boogie”, ”Blackberry Boogie,” and so on were exciting, driving boogie-woogie records featuring accompaniment by the Hometown Jamboree band which included Jimmy Bryant on lead guitar and pioneer pedal steel guitarist Speedy West. ”I’ll Never Be Free,” a duet pairing Ford with Capitol Records pop singer Kay Starr, became a huge country and pop crossover hit in 1950. A duet with Ella Mae Morse, False Hearted Girl was a top seller for the Capitol Country and Hillbilly division, and has been evaluated as an early tune.
Ford eventually ended his KXLA morning show and in the early 1950s, moved on from Hometown Jamboree. He took over from band-leader Kay Kyser as host of the TV version of NBC quiz show Kollege of Musical Knowledge when it returned briefly in 1954 after a four-year hiatus. He became a household name in the U.S. largely as a result of his hilarious portrayal in 1954 of the ’country bumpkin,’ ”Cousin Ernie” on three episodes of I Love Lucy.
In 1955, Ford recorded ”Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” (which reached number 4 on the country chart) with ”Farewell to the Mountains” on side B.
Wonderful for reflection
– All-Time Greatest Hymns album for sale These classic hymns are inspiring when the spirit moves you. The clear strong voice of Tennessee Ernie Ford brings comfort to all who hear his music. His style ranges from classical renditions to folk to country style music. In essence, there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be an overtly religious person to capture the message in these hymns.