EAP's or, Extended Play albums came into existence in the early 1950s, preceding long-playing LP's by about five years. Although a 45 in size and speed, technology of the day made it possible for each disc to have two tracks per side, rather than one; a marketing bonanza for record companies, who could now re-sell two previously released singles in one package. Capitol released a total of nine EAP's on Ernie between 1950 and 1956, not including various promotional EAP's distributed over the years. The last of those 9, entitled simply. 'Tennessee Ernie Ford' was unique in that it was released just as long-playing albums were coming onto the scene, and ran at 33 1/3 rather than at 45.
1. Backwoods Boogies and Blues
Capitol EAP #I 413 // Released December, 1949 // Side 1: Shot Gun Boogie / Anticipation Blues Side 2: Smoky Mountain Boogie / Blackberry Boogie
2. Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford
Capitol EAP # 621 // Released August, 1951 // Side 1: I'll Never Be Free / You're My Sugar Side 2: Ocean of Tears / Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own / / Note: Ernie regarded his duets with Kay Starr as one of the high points of his recording career, which, at the time "I'll Never Be Free" was released, was only two years old. "She was one of pop music's biggest stars", Ernie recalled. "I couldn't believe I was given the opportunity to record with her."
3. Tennessee Ernie Ford (With Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Billy May)
Capitol EAP # 1-639 // Released 1954 // Side 1: His Hands / Somebody Bigger Than You And I Side 2: I Am A Pilgrim / There Is Beauty In Everything // Note: Hoping to broaden Ernie's already explosive appeal, Capitol's Lee Gillette took a gamble in the Spring of 1951, and paired Ernie with noted big band and orchestra leader, Billy May. Although the swing numbers that came out of those sessions (most notably, Ernie's knock-down duet with Betty Hutton on "This Must Be The Place) produced no real hits, Gillette's gamble paid off with Ernie's memorable theme from the Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe blockbuster, 'River Of No Return'. Capitol now had a bona fide pop sensation on their hands!
4. Tennessee Ernie Ford ~ 16 Tons
Capitol EAP # 1-693 // January, 1956 // Side 1: Sixteen Tons / River Of No Return Side 2: You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry / Give Me Your Word // Note: Somebody at Capitol thought it would be cute if they took one of Ernie's stock press shots, re-did it as a pencil sketch, and put him in a miner's hard-hat. Bad idea, bad cover. Bad Capitol
5. Tales Of Davy Crockett
Capitol DAP # 1-3235 // Released March, 1956 // Side 1: The Death Hug / The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (from the Walt Disney film, "Davy Crockett") / A Sensible Varmint Side 2: Crockett's Opinion Of A Thunderstorm / Farewell // Note: One could argue that besides rock and roll, the two biggest cultural... explosions... of the 1950's were the A-bomb, and coonskin caps. Disney's 'Davy Crockett' single-handedly created a generation of wilderness scouts, whose hero was the embodiment of everything America stood for, and Ernie was a natural to lend his voice to singing about this legendary icon. But uniquely, this rare EP featured more than just Ernie singing about Davy; three of the five tracks are narratives--adapted directly from a journal kept by Crockett while living in Kentucky--narrated, of course, as only a Tennessean could. This is a rare find for the serious collector of 50's memorabilia.
6. Tennessee Ernie Ford
Capitol # MA 1-1380 // Released July, 1956 // Side 1: Sixteen Tons / Mule Train Side 2: Shot-Gun Boogie / The Cry Of The Wild Goose // Note: The last EP released on Ernie by Capitol, this self-titled album of previously recorded hits was among a rare group of EP's issued by Capitol that ran at 33 1/3 rather than at 45 rpm, and were called 'Compact Double 33's'. A unique find for the serious record collector.
In 1956 and 1958, Capitol released three additional EAP's on Ernie: HYMNS, SPIRITUALS and OL' ROCKIN' ERN. What made these three unique was that each was released in three parts: 1, 2 and 3 - to contain all the songs found on the standard 12" albums. Weird, huh?
1. This Lusty Land
Capitol # T-700 // Released March 5, 1956 / Side 1 : John Henry / Trouble In Mind / Dark As A Dungeon / False Hearted Girl / Chicken Road / Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot? Side 2 : The Rovin' Gambler / In The Pines / I Gave My Love A Cherry / Nine Pound Hammer / Gaily The Troubadour / The Last Letter
Capitol # T-756 // Released October, 1956 // Note: Re-recorded in stereo, and re-released February 5, 1962 as Cap.# ST-756,this landmark LP remained on the Billboard Pop Charts for an unprecedented 277 consecutive weeks, breaking all records, and firmly establishing Ernie as almost single-handedly bringing gospel and inspirational music into the mainstream of American entertainment. In 1963, 'Hymns' was honored by Capitol as being the most successful LP ever recorded by a Capitol artist. Side 1 : Who At My Door Is Standing / Rock Of Ages / Softly And Tenderly / Sweet Hour Of Prayer / My Task / Let The Lower Lights Be Burning Side 2 : The Ninety And Nine / The Old Rugged Cross / When They Ring Those Golden Bells / In The Garden Ivory Palaces / Others
Capitol # T-818 // Released April 1, 1957 // Note: This LP was rerecorded in stereo, and re-released April 30, 1962 as Cap.# ST-818 Side 1 : Just A Closer Walk With Thee / I Want To Be Ready / Take My Hand, Precious Lord / Stand By Me / When God Dips His Pen Of Love In My Heart / Get On Board Little Children Side 2 :Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord / Were You There / Peace In The Valley / I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me / Wayfaring Pilgrim / He'll Understand And Say Well Done
4. Ford Favorites
Capitol # T-841 // Released March 18, 1957 // Side 1: The Watermelon Song / One Suit / Have You Seen Her / Call Me Darlin, Call Me Sweet- heart, Call Me Dear / That's All Side 2: Sixteen Tons / River Of No Return / You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry / First Born / Give Me Your Word
5. Ol' Rockin' Ern
Capitol # T-888 // Released September 30, 1957 // Note: Incredibly, after strong chart hits with nearly all of these great, original Ernie Ford-penned songs, somebody at Capitol decided it would be a good idea to re-record all of them, but with new arrangements. The result? A bad idea...but great vocals from Ernie ! Side 1: Milk'Em In The Morning Blues / Catfish Boogie / Anticipation Blues / Country Junction / Shotgun Boogie / She's My Baby Side 2 : Blackberry Boogie / Kiss Me Big / Ain't Nobodys Business But My Own / Smokey Mountain Boogie / I Ain't A-Gonna Let It Happen No More / The Lord's Lariat
6. The Star Carol
Capitol #T-1071 // Released October 20, l958 // Note: Ernie's first Christmas LP, this classic was re-released on CD December, 1988 / Side 1 : Joy To The World / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / The Star Carol / Hark, The Herald Angels Sing / Some Children See Him / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Side 2: O Harken Ye / Adeste Fideles / The First Noel We Three Kings / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / Silent Night
7. Nearer The Cross
Capitol #T-1005 // Released March 16, 1959 // Side 1 What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me / His Eye Is On The Sparrow Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere / Now The Day Is Over / Nearer My God To Thee Side 2 : Sweet Peace, The Gift Of God's Love / Whispering Hope / Lord, I'm Coming Home / I Need Thee Every Hour / Take Time To Be Holy / God Be With You
8. Gather 'Round
Capitol #T-1227 // Released July 20,1959 // Side 1 : Brown's Ferry Blues / Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair / Old Blue / Freight Train Blues / The Night Herding Song / Darby's Ram Side 2 : Pretty Little Pink Barbara Allen / Look Down / My Grandfather's Clock / Twenty-One Years / Left My Gal In The Mountains
9. A Friend We Have (With The Jordanaires)
Capitol # T-1272 //Released November 16, 1959 // Side 1: No Tears In Heaven / Precious Memories / When I Reach That City / An Empty Mansion / Where Could I Go But To The Lord / O Come Angel Band Side 2: Hold To God's Unchanging Hand/ Wondrous Love / Life's Railway To Heaven / Goodnight And Good Morning / Drifting Too Far From The Shore / My Jesus As Thou Wilt
10. Sing A Hymn With Me
Capitol # T-1332 //Released March 1, 1960 // Side 1: Onward Christian Soldiers / Oh How I Love Jesus / The Church In The Wildwood / I Love To Tell The Story / The Home Over There / Count Your Blessings / All Hail The Power Side 2: There Is Power In The Blood / When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder / Shall We Gather At The River / Bringing In The Sheaves / Brighten The Corner Where You Are / Jesus Loves Me / What A Friend We Have In Jesus
11. Sixteen Tons
Capitol # T-1380 //Released May 2, 1960 // Note: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the release of the single, Sixteen Tons, this great LP was re-released as a special Commemorative Edition CD by Capitol in November, 1995. // Side 1 : Sixteen Tons / Shotgun Boogie / Bright Lights & Blond Haired Women / Cry Of The Wild Goose / Milk'Em In The Morning Blues / Catfish Boogie Side 2 : Mule Train / Smoky Mountain Boogie / Philadelphia Lawyer / Country Junction / Anticipation Blues / Blackberry Boogie
Capitol # TAO-1434 //Released July 25, 1960 // Side 1 : O Mary, Don't You Weep / I Want To Be Ready / I Know The Lord Laid His Hand On Me / Steel Away / Old Time Religion / Go Down, Moses / Ain't Gonna Study War No More Side 2 : Joshua Fit The Battle / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Were You There / Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / Roll, Jordan, Roll / Hold On, Keep Your Hand On The Plow / Standin' In The Need Of Prayer
13. Come To The Fair
Capitol # T-1473 // Released December 1,1960 // Note: Recorded live at the Indiana State Fair, this is the only live LP Ernie ever recorded, and features the only live version of Sixteen Tons ever released by Ernie during his 27 years with Capitol. That version can be found today on Ernie's 1994 boxed set, Masters 1949-1976; released by Capitol in November of that year. (Click on the Collectors Sets link next door to jump to that page for more info on 'Masters'). // Side 1 : Back Home Again In Indiana / Bill Bailey / Medley: Your Cheatin' Heart ~He'll Have To Go ~ You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You Side 2: Tennessee Waltz / Sixteen Tons / Poem: I Asked God / Take My Hand Precious Lord / If I Can Help Somebody
14. Ernie Looks At Love
Capitol # ST-1542 // Released May 1,1961 // Side 1: Molly Darling / Cold, Cold Heart / Bouquet Of Roses / I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know / I Can't Help It Don't Rob Another Man's Castle Side 2: I Love You So Much It Hurts / Jealous Heart / I Gotta Have My Baby Back / Take Me In Your Arms & Hold Me / I Really Don't Want To Know / Half As Much
15. Civil War Songs Of The North
Capitol # ST-1539 // Released July, 1961// Side 1 : The Army Of The Free / Virginia's Bloody Soil / Marching Song (Of The First Arkansas Negro Regiment) / The Why And Wherefore / The Vacant Chair / The Fall Of Charleston Side 2: The New York Volunteer / The Faded Coat Of Blue / Marching Through Georgia / Just Before The Battle, Mother / The Girl I Left Behind Me / Union Dixie
16. Civil War Songs Of The South
Capitol # ST-1540 // Released July, 1961// Note: Both this and Ernie's Civil War Songs Of The North LP were re-released by Capitol, in their entirety, in CD form, on February 4, 1961.// Side 1 : Stonewall Jackson's Way / Lorena / Riding A Raid / Maryland, My Maryland / Goober Peas / I Can Whip The Scoundrel Side 2: The Bonnie Blue Flag / The Valiant Conscript / The Rebel Soldier / The Southern Wagon / Flight Of The Doodles / Dixie
17. Hymns At Home
Capitol # ST-1604 // Released December 2, 1961 // Note: One of Ernie's favorites, this LP was recorded on location in Bristol, Tennessee, at the Anderson Street Methodist Church, where Ernie sang as a child. The Choir is actually made up of Ernie's kin, recruited just for this project. // Side 1 : Sweet Hour Of Prayer / My Jesus, I Love Thee / Day Is Dying In The West / Break Thou The Bread Of Life / Did You Think To Pray? / Blest Be The Tie That Binds Side 2: (His) Amazing Grace / My Faith Looks Up To Thee / Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide / Jesus Paid It All / It Is Well With My Soul / I'm Comin' Home
18. Here Comes The Mississippi Showboat!
Capitol # ST-1684 // Released April 2, 1962 // Side 1 : Waiting For The Robert E. Lee / The Band Played On / Mary's A Grand Old Name / Take Your Girlie To The Movies / A Straw Hat And A Cane / There'll Be No New Tunes On This Old Piano Side 2: Paddlin' Madeline Home / The Old Piano Roll Blues / Row, Row, Row / In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree / Soft Shoe Song / Floatin' Down To Cotton Town
19. I Love To Tell The Story
Capitol # ST-1751 // Released August 1, 1962 // Note: This was the first LP Ernie recorded following his move from Hollywood in 1961,and features vocal back-up from three of the members of his San Francisco morning show on ABC; Dick Noel, Hank Jones and Dean Kay. In addition, each song is prefaced by a narrative, performed by Ernie, and written the night before the session, by his long-time conductor, Jack Fascinato. // Side 1 : Saved By Grace / I Love To Tell The Story / Asleep In Jesus / My Task / Blessed Assurance / Face To Face Side 2: Give To The Winds Thy Fears / Farther Along / Fairest Lord Jesus / Others / How Great Thou Art / If I Can Help Somebody
20. Tennessee Ernie Ford's Book Of Favorite Hymns
Capitol # ST-1794 // Released November, 1962 // Note: This was Capitol's first pick-up LP released on Ernie; a collection of 12 inspirational tracks from Hymns, Nearer The Cross, A Friend We Have and Sing A Hymn With Me.
21. Long, Long Ago
Capitol # ST-1875 // Released April 30, 1963 // Side 1 : Long, Long Ago / Silver Threads Among The Gold / Home, Sweet Home / Juanita / In The Gloaming / The Old Oaken Bucket Side 2: When You And I Were Young, Maggie / Flow Gently, Sweet Afton / The Cradle Song / Love's Old Sweet Song / Sweet And Low / Smilin' Through
22. We Gather Together (With The San Quentin Prison Choir)
Capitol # ST-1937 // Released July 22, 1963 // Note: An astonishing record -and Ernie's concept from start to finish- this was the first entire LP by any artist ever recorded on location at the infamous San Quentin Prison in California. // Side 1: Lead On, O King Eternal / Are Ye Able, Said The Master / Somebody Did A Golden Deed / Higher Ground / God Of Our Fathers / Whiter Than Snow Side 2: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God / Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone / Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind / Come, Thou Font / We Gather Together / O Worship The King
23. The Story Of Christmas (With The Roger Wagner Chorale and Orchestra)
Capitol # 1964 // Released September 30, 1963 // Note: Ernie's second Christmas album, this classic was originally conceived as part of a larger project; one Ernie regarded as the pinnacle of his career; his 1963 NBC Special, "The Story of Christmas". However, it was late summer of 1963 before a sponsor was finally found for the undertaking. As a result, Ernie and Capitol made the decision to record the LP independently of the TV special, and release it whether or not the special was ever produced. Featuring narratives written especially for the project by renowned author Charles Tazewell ("The Littlest Angel") this record may be the single greatest Christmas LP ever recorded by any artist. // Side 1 : Opening Medley: Joy To The World/ O Tannenbaum / Oh Holy Night / Some Children See Him / Xhosa Lullaby / El Rorro / Cherry Flower / Little Grey Donkey / Medley: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / He Is Born~Deck The Halls / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Adeste Fideles Side 2: The Story of the Christmas Tree (Narration) / O Tannenbaum (reprise) / We Three Kings / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Medley: Gesu Bambino / O Come, All Ye Faithful / Angels We Have Heard / Virgin's Slumber Song / Joy To The World
24. Great Gospel Songs (With The Jordanaires)
Capitol # ST-2026 // Released February 3, 1964) // Note: Ernie's second LP with The Jordanaires; this was 1964's Grammy Winner for Best Inspirational Recording. // Side 1 : Just Over In Gloryland / Hide Me, Rock Of Ages / I'll Have A New Life / He Knows What I Need / A Beautiful Life / Daniel Prayed Side 2: I Can Tell You The Time / Just A Little Talk With Jesus / Peace Like A River / We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles And Trials / On The Jericho Road / Give The World
25. Country Hits ~ Feelin' Blue (With Billy Strange and John Mosher)
Capitol # ST-2097 // Released June 1, 1964 // Note: One of Ernie's favorite LP's (and perhaps the best of his career) this entire record of country standards was recorded with back-up provided by just two musicians; guitarist Billy Strange (one of the members of Cliffie Stone's Hometown Jamboree band) and bassist John Mosher. A Classic in every sense of the word. // Side 1 : Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time / No Letter Today / Born To Lose / Don't Rob Another Man's Castle / There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight / I Don't Hurt Anymore Side 2: Worried Mind / No One Will Ever Know / Funny How Time Slips Away / Sweet Dreams / Tears On My Pillow / May You Never Be Alone
26. Tennessee Ernie Ford Sings The World's Best Loved Hymns
Capitol # ST 2183 // Released November 2, 1964 // Note: Capitol's second pick-up LP on Ernie; this was also the first double LP set released during his career. Two LP's, featuring 25 tracks.
27. Let Me Walk With Thee ~ Tennessee Ernie Ford Sings Songs For Quiet Worship
Capitol # ST-2296 // Released April 12, 1965 // Side 1 : Let Me Walk With Thee / Still, Still With Thee / O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go / I Would Be True / My Father's World / Sun Of My Soul Side 2: O God, Our Help In Ages Past / O, For A Thousand Tongues / For The Beauty Of The Earth / Saviour, Again To Thy Dear Name / When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
28. Sing We Now Of Christmas
Capitol # ST-2394 // Released October 4, 1965 // Note; Ernie's third Christmas LP. // Side 1 : Sing We Now Of Christmas / Oh, Christmas Tree / Little Drummer Boy / Angels We Have Heard On High / Caroling, Caroling / Little Grey Donkey Side 2: Good King Wenceslas / Virgin's Slumber Song / The Twelve Days Of Christmas / What Child Is This / Away In A Manger
29. My Favorite Things
Capitol # ST-2444 // Released March 7, 1966 // Side 1: Hello, Dolly / I Can't Stop Loving You / King Of The Road / Dear Heart / I Left My Heart In San Francisco / My Favorite Things Side 2: Red Roses For A Blue Lady / Today / Turn Around / Try A Little Tenderness / Love (L-O-V-E)
30. Wonderful Peace
Capitol # ST-2557 // Released July 25, 1966 // Side 1 : Crown Him With Many Crowns / Wonderful Peace / Beneath The Cross Of Jesus / Come Thou, Almighty King / I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord / The Beautiful Garden Of Prayer Side 2: Lead, Kindly Light / Grace, Greater Than Our Sin / The Name Of Jesus / Jesus, Lover Of My Soul / Saviour, Again To Thy Dear Name
31. God Lives
Capitol # ST-2618 // Released October 10, 1966 // Note: During the recording of 'Aloha From Tennessee Ernie Ford' (the LP following this) Capitol notified Ernie they needed several new tracks for pick-up LP they were putting together. The result? The title track for this 1966 effort. All but two others in this LP were previously recorded. Side 1: God Lives / How Great Thou Art / The Old Rugged Cross / My Jesus As Thou Wilt / A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Side 2: Eternal Life / In The Garden / Did You Think To Pray? / Nearer My God To Thee / My Task
32. Aloha From Tennessee Ernie Ford
Capitol # ST-2681 // Released February 2, 1967 // Note: A visitor to the Islands since the late fifties, Ernie and Betty eventually bought a condo there, spending year after year in Honolulu. This LP was Ernie's idea, and as a tip-of-the hat to the Aloha State, it was also recorded there. // Side 1 : Sweet Someone / I'll Remember You / Beyond The Reef / Sweet Leilani / Hawaiian Paradise / The Hawaiian Wedding Song Side 2: Pearly Shells / Love Song Of Kalua / Lahaina Luna / To You, Sweetheart, Aloha / Aloha Oe
33. Faith Of Our Fathers
Capitol # 2761 // Released August 7, 1967 // Side 1: Faith Of Our Fathers / Pass Me Not / A Child Of The King / The Solid Rock / One Sweetly, Solemn Thought / Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide Side 2: Break Thou The Bread Of Life / Jesus, I Come / He Alone Can Save Me / Almost Persuaded / Home Of The Soul
34. Our Garden Of Hymns ~ Tennessee Ernie Ford and Marilyn Horne
Capitol # ST-2845 // Released January 2, 1968 // Side 1: Nearer, Still Nearer / Come Holy Spirit / Whispering Hope / Lead Me, Saviour / Who At My Door Is Standing / All The Way My Saviour Leads Me Side 2: In The Garden / More Love To Thee, O Christ / Softly And Tenderly / Hear Thou My Prayer / Morning Prayer Hymn
35. Tennessee Ernie Ford's World Of Pop And Country Hits
Capitol # ST-2896 // Released April 2, 1968 // Side 1 : What A Wonderful World / Yesterday / Talk To The Animals / Only You (And You Alone) / Step To The Rear Side 2: Make The World Go Away / Detroit City / Old Cape Cod / Cabaret / There Goes My Everything
36. The Best Of Tennessee Ernie Ford's Hymns
Capitol # ST-2949 // Released July 15, 1968 // Note: Capitol's fourth pick-up LP on Ernie.
37. O Come All Ye Faithful
Capitol # 2968 // Released November 4, 1968 // Note: Ernie's fourth Christmas LP. // Side 1 O Come All Ye Faithful / Little Boy King / Slumber Song Of The Infant Jesus / Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella / Good Christian Men Rejoice / As Lately We Watched Side 2: The Wassail Song / The Friendly Beasts / He Is Born, The Holy Child / White Christmas / While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
38. A Treasury Of Inspirational Songs
Capitol # SNDR-7631 // Released November, 1968 // Note: Capitol's fifth pick-up on Ernie, and their second multi-disc set, featuring 40 tracks on 4 LP's.. Not a nationally release, this set was available only through Capitol's Record Club.
39. The Tennessee Ernie Ford Deluxe Set
Capitol # STCL - 2942 // Released November, 1968 // Note: The nationally-released version of the record club set listed above, this set also featured 40 tracks, but on three previously released LP's: A Friend We Have, Sing A Hymn With Me, and Sing A Spiritual With Me.
40. Songs I Like To Sing
Capitol # ST-127 // Released February 3, 1969 // Note: Ernie's concept from start to finish, this LP was exactly what the title said it was: songs Ernie liked to sing. Other than two newer tunes, it's the standards that Ernie delivers here, layered with Jack Fascinato's easy arrangements, that make this one the most overlooked, stand-out efforts of his career. Side 1 : When It's Sleepy Time Down South / I'll Never Smile Again / By The Time I Get To Phoenix / P.S. I Love You / It's All In The Game / Moonlight In Vermont Side 2: Little Green Apples / I Can't Get Started / It Was A Very Good Year / My Funny Valentine / Autumn Leaves
41. The New Wave
Capitol # ST-218 // Released May 5, 1969 // Side 1 : Good Morning Dear / Cab Driver / Wichita Lineman / Little Girl / Mary In The Morning / Words Side 2: Honey Eyed Girl / (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay / Green, Green Grass Of Home / 1432 Franklin Pike Circle Hero / It's Such A Pretty World Today
42. Holy, Holy, Holy
Capitol # ST-334 // Released October 6, 1969 // Side 1 : Holy, Holy, Holy / I've Found A Friend / There Is A Fountain / A Charge To Keep I Have Side 2: Take Up Thy Cross / Close To Thee / Saviour, More Than Life / Take My Life And Let It Be
43. America The Beautiful
Capitol # STAO-412 // Released February 23, 1970 // Note: This LP was later re-released with a different cover, and marketed as Capitol's Bicentennial Album. // Side 1 : Battle Hymn Of The Republic / America / This Land Is Your Land / This Is My Country / The Star-Spangled Banner Side 2: America The Beautiful / The Pledge Of Allegiance / America, I Love You / God Bless America / Our Land, O Lord
44. Sweet Hour Of Prayer / Let Me Walk With Thee
Capitol # STBB-506 // Released July 13, 1970 // Note: Capitol's seventh and eighth pick-ups on Ernie, these two previously released LP's were packaged together, each with new covers, shown here.
45. Everything Is Beautiful
Capitol # ST-583 // Released September 8, 1970 // Side 1 : Let The Lovelight In Your Eyes Lead Me On / Everything Is Beautiful / Rainy Night In Georgia / Work Song / Bridge Over Troubled Water Side 2: Let It Be / Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show / My Old Kentucky Home / We Need Love / And When I Die
46. A Tennessee Ernie Ford Christmas Special
Capitol # STBB-485 // Released September 14, 1970 // Note: Capitol's fifth Christmas release on Ernie, and their ninth pick-up, this Holiday double set was comprised of two previously released Christmas LP's, Sing We Now of Christmas, and O Come All Ye Faithful.
47. Abide With Me
Capitol # ST-730 // Released March 22, 1971// Side 1 : Abide With Me / Be Still My Soul / Come, Ye Thankful People, Come / Spirit Of God Descend Upon My Heart / God Will Take Care Of You Side 2: No Night There / Where Cross The Crowded Ways Of Life / Prayer Is The Soul's Sincere Desire / Near To The Heart Of God / God Bless Our Native Land
Capitol # ST-831 // Released September 15, 1971// Note: Ernie's sixth and last Christmas LP recorded for Capitol. // Side 1: Medley: Up On A Housetop/We Wish You A Merry Christmas / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Medley: O Christmas Tree/Deck The Halls / The First Noel / Jingle Bells Side 2: C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Away In A Manger / Children Go Where I Send Thee / Silent Night
Liner note: Although credited as Executive Producer, David Cavanaugh was no longer involved in the production of Ernie's records. Taking the reins briefly, the next three LP's were produced by Ernie's long-time musical conductor and arranger, Jack Fascinato.
49. The Folk Album
Capitol # ST-833 // Released October 4, 1971// Note: In a rare departure from his own personal philosophy of introducing his sons into the business, this LP featured Ernie's youngest son, Brion (then 19) accompanying the Ol' Peapicker on one track in this contemporary folk LP; "Cotton Fields"// Side 1: If I Had A Hammer / Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot / False Hearted Girl / I Gave My Love A Cherry / Nine Pound Hammer Side 2: Life's Railway To Heaven / Shenandoah / Cotton Fields / Cotton Dress / Hush, Little Baby
50. Mr. Words And Music
Capitol # ST-11001 // Released February 14, 1971// Side 1 : Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) / West Texas Highway / Put Your Hand In The Hand / Take Me Home, Country Roads / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Side 2: Big Mable Murphy / Turn Your Radio On / Mobile / Okie From Muskogee / Mr. Words And Music
51. It's Tennessee Ernie Ford!
Capitol # ST-11092 // Released September 5, 1972 // Side 1: The Pea-Pickin' Cook / Sunday's Still A Special Day To Me / In The Eyes Of My People / Granny Dips Snuff / Yours And Mine Side 2: I Don't Know / A Poor Man's Gold / It's Good To Be Home Again / Song ( Mama's Song) / Be Gentle With Yourself
Liner note: After the release of 'It's Tennessee Ernie Ford', (above) the production reins were once again handed to a new producer; Steve Stone. Ironically, Steve is the oldest son of the man who discovered Ernie, also one of the true legends in American entertainment, Cliffie Stone.
52. Country Morning
Capitol # ST-11205 // Released July 9, 1973 // Note: Of the 51 LP's released up to this point in his career, this album yielded more singles than any previously recorded album by Ernie. Of the 10 tracks here, seven became singles, with the track. "Printers Alley Stars" once again putting Ernie in Billboard's top Twenty.// Side 1 : Farther Down The River / Baby / I'd Like To Be / Daddy Usta Say / Thanks For The Memories Side 2: Colorado Country Morning / Printers Alley Stars / Sweet Child Of Sunshine / That Good Old Time Religion Thing / You've Still Got Love All Over You
53. Ernie Ford Sings About Jesus
Capitol # ST-11232 // Released September 24, 1973 // Side 1 : Take Up Thy Cross / Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross / Asleep In Jesus / My Jesus As Thou Wilt / The Name Of Jesus Side 2: Jesus Saviour Pilot Me / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Jesus Paid It All / Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone? / Almost Persuaded
54. Make A Joyful Noise
Capitol # ST-11290 // Released April 15, 1974 // Side 1 : I Find No Fault In Him / May I Introduce You To A Friend? / Reach Out To Jesus / He's Listening To You / Come On Down Side 2: I Love You / I've Got Confidence / It Won't Be Long / I Wish We'd All Been Ready / Alleluia
55. Yesterday-Today~25th Anniversary (Blue Cover) Gospel-Hymns~25th Anniversary (Lavender Cover)
Capitol # SVBB-11325 //Cap. # SVBB 11326 // Released August 12, 1974 // Note: Two of Capitol's better compilations while Ernie was still with the label, these two 2-record sets of 43 tracks were issued in 1974 to commemorate Ernie's 25 years with Capitol. These were their 10th and 11th pick-up LP's on Ernie.
56. Precious Memories
Capitol # SVBB-11382 // Released April 7, 1975 // Note: Capitol's 12th pick-up on Ernie; a two-record set containing 20 tracks.
57. Ernie Sings And Glen Picks
Capitol # ST-11389 // Released May 5, 1975 // Note: A classic LP that stills sells well today, this album was the concept of producer Steve Stone, who set out to recapture the intimacy, and solid, uncluttered sound that Ernie achieved in 1963 with his Country Hits ~ Feelin' Blue LP. With a group of strong, traditional country standards, and a few from the newer writers on Music Row, Stone's brilliance in conceiving this project was only heightened by recruiting Ernie's friend, and one of music's most versatile artists, Glen Campbell, to handle the acoustic guitar work and harmonies alongside Ernie. // Side 1 : Trouble In Mind / A Legend In My Time / There Goes My Everything / She Called Me Baby / Here Comes My Baby Side 2: I Gotta Have My Baby Back / Nobody Wins / Loving' Her Was Easier / I Really Don't Want To Know / For The Good Times
58. Sing His Great Love
Capitol # ST-11561 // Released August 9, 1976 // Side 1: Sing His Great Love / Nothing Between / Holy Holy / The Haven Of Rest / Sweet Sweet Spirit Side 2: Beulah Land / He Is Here / Peace, Wonderful Peace / Does Jesus Care / My Tribute
59. For The 83rd Time
Capitol # ST-11561 // Released August 9, 1976 // Note: The last LP Ernie recorded for Capitol Records. The title refers to to the fact that, all totaled, 83 LP's in various forms were released on Ernie between 1956 and the date of the release of this last effort. Side 1: I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train / Cowboy / Daddy, What's A Tree? / I've Been There Too/ Ain't Goin' Down In The Ground Before My Time Side 2: Sweet Feelin's / The Dogs And Sheriff John / I've Been Through The Mill / Good Friends And Fireplaces / Everybody Needs A Rainbow
Following the release of 'For The 83rd Time' (above) Ernie's 27 year-long career as an exclusive artist for Capitol Records came to a close, leaving a recorded legacy of 83 singles and 48 LP's -- an astonishing milestone by any standard, for any artist. In the years that followed, Capitol has released scores of compilations, and licensed out Ernie's best loved music from over the years, creating scores of independent-label compilations as well. Listing them all would create a second LP discography, virtually as long as this one itself. There have, however, been several compilation sets of note, many of which are still available, and the most recent of which have been conceived and produced in coordination with Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises, that have given new life to the incredible legacy of music given the world by this simple man from Tennessee, and are finding new fans all over the world once again.
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