Tennesse Ernie Ford - Country Hits...Feelin' Blue - Analogue Productions LP

Tennesse Ernie Ford - Country Hits...Feelin' Blue - Analogue Productions LP

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200-gram vinyl

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original tape

Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jacket

Country Hits...Feelin' Blue, released by Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1964, is a throwback — or as the liner notes to this country classic (perhaps Ford's best) say, "You don't hear much singing like this nowadays — just a voice with easy guitar and bass accompaniment." But oh, what a voice. Ford's resonant-voiced baritone might be best known for his 1955 cover of Merle Travis' grim coal-mining song "Sixteen Tons," with sales topping 4 million copies. The hit cemented Ford's place as one of America's top entertainers — a singer and TV host who enjoyed success during the 1950s, '60s and '70s in multiple musical genres — country, pop, and gospel.

He first guested on the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, and in 1953 he became the first country singer to appear at London's prestigious Palladium. Soon NBC hired him to emcee the television game show Kollege of Musical Knowledge, and also to host his own weekday program. His subsequent prime-time network variety programs made "Bless your little pea-pickin' hearts" a household catch phrase and provided wide exposure for his musical renditions of great country and gospel favorites.