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Music meme day two

I keep meaning to do this, and failing. You wouldn't think typing a few words would require such effort! Anyway, Day Two: A song you like with a number in the title. I like a lot of songs with numbers in the title. On reflection, an awful lot of them are the numbers one and two though, so for that reason, I'm going with a far less common number. This is the fantastic Sixteen Tons, by Tennessee Ernie Ford, released in 1956. Ernie Ford was mostly known for his comic songs, but this one is right out of Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath. Along with a great piece of social commentary, it has one hell of a bass line.


As a bonus, have Guy Mitchell's Ninety-Nine Years (Dead Or Alive), partly because it's great, partly because I like to sneak in a little Guy Mitchell here and there, and partly because, some half dozen years before Bond hit cinemas, it's clearly the Bond theme.


So there you go. Two songs with numbers in the titles. Next time I shall try to get a little more modern. I might even make it into the 1960s.



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May. 30th, 2017 03:27 am (UTC)
I love "Sixteen Tons". Such a good song. There's a kids science center near where I live that I used to go to all the time when I was little and one of their displays was an 1800s coal mine with that song on a loop on the speaker. I always think of that whenever I hear it. :P

Love Guy Mitchell, too! :D
May. 30th, 2017 08:51 pm (UTC)
Have you heard any of the other versions of the song? Frankie Laine put out a version at around the same time as Tennessee Ernie Ford, but it sounds more like a love ballad, and left me rather cold. There's also a 1946 version by Merle Travis, but I don't like that one either! Both are on YT.

And Guy Mitchell is great fun. His songs always make me smile. :)
May. 31st, 2017 12:16 am (UTC)
I've heard Frankie Laine's and agree it's odd. Not Merle Travis's, though, but I'll listen to it later. :D

Me, too. :)
May. 30th, 2017 01:04 pm (UTC)
That really is a Bond theme! Are you sure they didn't re-use it?
May. 30th, 2017 08:57 pm (UTC)
If they did, it was uncredited! Monty Norman wrote the Bond theme, and has always said that he plaguarised himself, by reusing a song that he wrote for a cancelled musical in the early sixties. The music for "Ninety-Nine Years (Dead Or Alive)" was written by a bloke called John Benson Brooks. I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but it's funny how very Bondian it sounds!
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