The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 117

‘You move 16 tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt’

There’s a non-rockabilly cover version of rockabillyish song for tonight’s post- and from Mexico to boot. Alberto Vazquez’s 1963 cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 16 Tons was a hit in Mexico and beyond. I’ve posted the Tennessee Ernie Ford version before, which I think is what led to Ctel furnishing me with this cover (and there’s also a Redskins cover too). And it gave The Clash the name and intro music for their 1980 tour. Good stuff all round.

16 Toneladas (16 Tons)

Mulatu

More sounds from what is patronisingly called ‘World Music’ (as if music from everywhere outside the English speaking world is all one big thing)- this time from veteran Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke (piano, organ, vibraphone, percussion). He’s got a new one out but this one is from Ethiopiques Vol 4. Jazzy and instrumental.

Yegelle Tezeta