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#173578 - 02/15/08 11:21 AM Sixteen Tons  
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Sixteen Tons.

A song I used to sing a lot on my way to holiday jobs when I was sixteen. (never sweet)

I would like to find the original singer.
U-Tube gives Tennessee Ernie Ford and Johnny Cash.
But those are not the sounds I remember. Anyone who would know?


Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

#173579 - 02/15/08 11:49 AM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: BranShea]  
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Whether he was the original I wouldn't know but I do associate it with Ernie Ford from his TV show (AKA Tennessee Ernie, from the days when his show was sponsored by Chevy).

#173580 - 02/15/08 11:59 AM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: Faldage]  
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I was thinking of Frankie Laine, but this is the only thing I
can find associating him to that song. Yet it was I think his sound I remember. Utube:

Richie Milton " Sixteen Tons" by Merle Travis
Merle Travis (circa 1947) penned song "Sixteen tons" which I have always associated with the great Frankie Laine,but has also been recorded by numerous -

Another one with 'fabulous' lyrics was "Rock of Gibraltar" that was sung by Frankie Laine. I found the Lyrics. Pity it isn't on YouTube.

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#173581 - 02/15/08 03:21 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: BranShea]  
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Ooo, Bran. I have an original recording in the stack of old 45s Let me go see if I can dig it out.

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I'm back. The record I have is from Johnny Desmond, directed by Dick Jacobs. So no help from me at all, I guess, only adding one other name to the pile.

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#173582 - 02/15/08 03:44 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: belMarduk]  
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wikiteen tons : Another competing version by Frankie Laine was released only in the UK where it gave Ford's version some stiff competition on the charts.

-joe (was there any doubt?) friday

#173583 - 02/15/08 04:25 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: tsuwm]  
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Thanks anyway , Belle.
Yes, I had doubts about Frankie Laine. Ernie Ford's version, which I can get on YouTube is somewhat faster than I remember.
I must have had the Frankie Laine version.
I can't compare, cause the Frankie Laine version is not there.

#173584 - 02/15/08 04:35 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: BranShea]  
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man, there are a gazillion versions out there, including the "original" Merle Travis video.

also, here is British bluesman Richie Milton who recalls the Frankie Laine version. perhaps he performs it in Laine's style?

-joe (mule train/ghost riders) friday

#173585 - 02/15/08 04:56 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: tsuwm]  
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>>>man, there are a gazillion versions out there,

I notice that with a lot of old songs. It often happens that I'll be looking for a particular song, when I find it, it doesn't sound like what I remember. Further searching and I find other folks who've recorded the same thing.

I imagine it's like these days when every year or so, somebody will cover a song, and suddenly there's a new version floating around out there.

Try finding "Ooh child" on the net...there are something like 10 different versions.


EDIT: Typo

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#173586 - 02/15/08 05:22 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: belMarduk]  
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>>>man, there are a gazillion versions out there,

Yes, I've tried whatever looked promising of those gazillions. The further the page the more rubbish. And I don't remember a guitar at all. Milton is too bluesish. I appreciate the effort, but the real thing is the real thing. There often are originals from oldies to be found, but maybe for this one I must look for downloads.

("Ooh child" , new to me, I'll have a look. Something old, something new.)

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#173589 - 02/15/08 06:02 PM Re: Sixteen Tons [Re: belMarduk]  
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"Ooh child" Cat Stevens?

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