Sixteen tons and what do you get? Well, if you were Tennessee Ernie Ford, one of the biggest hits of the 1950s. “Sixteen Tons” would have been one of the biggest hits of the year but part of its run at the top extended into 1956.
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919-1991, was a country singer who reached the peak of his popularity during the mid-1950s to mid-1960s. He had his own television variety show, 1955-1965. “Sixteen Tons” would be his signature song as it topped all of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 11/26/55 – Seven weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 11/26/55 – Six weeks at number one.
Moat Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 12/3/55 – Eight weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 Chart – 12/3/55 – Six weeks at number one.
Ford would continue to perform until near the end of his life. Bless his little pea-pickin’ heart.