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)

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>The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 18

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Tonight’s rockabilly has a hillbilly slant but it’s still got that swinging rockabilly bass and rhythm- Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 16 Tons, with a song that still rings true.

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