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Tennessee Ernie Ford-The Complete Capitol Discography


Part Two ::: The Albums ::: 1955 - 1976

The EP's (Extended Play)


Backwoods Boogie & Blues

Released December, 1949.

Shotgun Boogie

Smoky Mountain Boogie

Blackberry Boogie

Anticipation Blues

Recording at the Capitol Tower in Hollyw

The EP's

Released over five years, from 1949 - 1956, these five extended play albums featured twenty of Ernie's biggest singles, including Sixteen Tons, River of No Return and more

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Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford

Released August, 1951


I'll Never Be Free

You're My Sugar

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."

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Tennessee Ernie Ford

Released January 1954

His Hands

Somebody Bigger Than You and I

I Am A Pilgrim

There Is Beauty in Everything

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16 Tons

 Released January, 1956


Sixteen Tons

River Of No Return

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


Tales of Davy Crockett

Released March, 1956


The Death Hug

The Ballad Of Davy Crockett

A Sensible Varmint

Crockett's Opinion Of A Thunderstorm


Note: 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.

The LP's (Long Playing)


This Lusty Land

Capitol # T-700 // Released March 5, 1956


John Henry

Trouble In Mind

Dark As A Dungeon

False Hearted Girl

Chicken Road

Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?The Rovin' Gambler

In The Pines

I Gave My Love A Cherry

Nine Pound Hammer

Gaily The Troubadour

The Last Letter


Ford Favorites

Capitol # T-841 // Released March, 1957


The Watermelon Song

One Suit

Have You Seen Her

Call Me Darlin, Call Me Sweetheart

That's All

Sixteen Tons

River Of No Return

You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry

First Born

Give Me Your Word



Capitol # T-756 // Released October, 1956


Note:  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.


Who At My Door Is Standing

Rock Of Ages

Softly And Tenderly

Sweet Hour Of Prayer

My Task

Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

The Ninety And Nine

The Old Rugged Cross

When They Ring Those Golden Bells

n The Garden

Ivory Palaces


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Ol' Rockin' Ern

Capitol # T-888 // Released Sept 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 !


Milk'Em In The Morning Blues

Catfish Boogie

Anticipation Blues

Country Junction

Shotgun Boogie

She's My Baby

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



Capitol #  T-818 // Released April 1, 1957


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

Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of  The Lord

Were You There

Peace In The Valley

Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me

Wayfaring Pilgrim

He'll Understand And Say Well Done

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The Star Carol

Capitol #T-1071 // Released Oct 20, l958


Note: Ernie's first Christmas LP, this classic was re-released on CD December, 1988


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

O Harken Ye

Adeste Fideles

The First Noel

We Three Kings

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Silent Night

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Nearer The Cross

Capitol #T-1005 // Released March, 1959


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

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

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Gather 'Round

Capitol #T-1227 // Released July 20,1959


Brown's Ferry Blues

Black Is The Color

Old Blue

Freight Train Blues

The Night Herding Song

Darby's Ram

Pretty Little Pink

Barbara Allen

Look Down

My Grandfather's Clock

Twenty-One Years

I Left My Gal In The Mountains

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A Friend We Have

Capitol # T-1272 // Released Nov 16 1959


Note: Ernie's first collaboration with the legendary Jordanaires


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

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

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Sing A Hymn With Me

Capitol # T-1332 //Released March 1960


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

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

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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


Sixteen Tons

Shotgun Boogie

Bright Lights & Blond Haired Women

Cry Of The Wild Goose

Milk'Em In The Morning Blues

Catfish Boogie

Mule Train

Smoky Mountain Boogie

Philadelphia Lawyer

Country Junction

Anticipation Blues

Blackberry Boogie

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Sing A Spiritual With Me

Capitol # TAO-1434 / Released July 1960


O Mary, Don't You Weep

I Want To Be Ready

I Know The Lord Laid His Hand On  Me

Steal Away

Old Time Religion

Go Down, Moses

Ain't Gonna Study War No More

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

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Come To The Fair

Capitol # T-1473 // Released Dec 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.


Back Home Again In Indiana

Bill Bailey

Medley:  Your Cheatin' Heart ~He'll Have To Go ~ You're Nobody Till Somebody  Loves You

Tennessee Waltz

Sixteen Tons

Poem:  I Asked God

Take My Hand Precious Lord

If I Can Help Somebody

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Ernie Looks At Love

Capitol # ST-1542 // Released May 1,1961


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

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


Civil War Songs of The North

Capitol # ST-1539 // Released July, 1961


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

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


Civil War Songs of The South

Capitol # ST-1540 // Released July, 1961


Stonewall Jackson's Way


Riding A Raid

Maryland, My Maryland

Goober Peas

I Can Whip The Scoundrel

The Bonnie Blue Flag

The Valiant Conscript

The Rebel Soldier

The Southern Wagon

Flight Of The Doodles


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I Love To Tell The Story

Capitol # ST-1751 / Released Aug 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.


Saved By Grace

I Love To Tell The Story

Asleep In Jesus

My Task

Blessed Assurance

Face To Face

Give To The Winds Thy Fears

Farther Along

Fairest Lord Jesus


How Great Thou Art

If I Can Help Somebody


The Story of Christmas

Capitol # 1964 // Released Sept. 30, 1963


Note:  Ernie's second Christmas album, this classic featured The Roger Wagner Chorale and narratives written especially for the project by renowned author Charles Tazewell ("The Littlest Angel"). 


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


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

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Let Me Walk With Thee

Capitol # ST-2296 // Released April 1965


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

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

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Wonderful Peace

Capitol # ST-2557 // Released July 1966


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

Lead, Kindly Light

Grace, Greater Than Our Sin

The Name Of Jesus

Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

Saviour, Again To Thy Dear Name

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Our Garden of Hymns

With Marilyn Horne

Capitol # ST-2845 // Released Jan 1968


Nearer, Still Nearer

Come Holy Spirit

Whispering Hope

Lead Me, Saviour

Who At My Door Is Standing

All The Way My Saviour Leads Me

In The Garden

More Love To Thee, O Christ

Softly And Tenderly

Hear Thou My Prayer

Morning Prayer Hymn

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Songs I Like To Sing

Capitol # ST-127 // Released Feb 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.


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

Little Green Apples

I Can't Get Started

It Was A Very Good Year

My Funny Valentine

Autumn Leaves

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America The Beautiful

Capitol # STAO-412 // Released Feb 1970


Note: This LP was later re-released with a different cover, and marketed as Capitol's Bicentennial Album


Battle Hymn Of The Republic


This Land Is Your Land

This Is My Country

The Star-Spangled Banner

America The Beautiful

The Pledge Of Allegiance

America, I Love You

God Bless America

Our Land, O Lord

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   The Folk Album

Capitol # ST-833 // Released Oct 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 his Dad on one track in this contemporary folk LP; "Cotton Fields"


If I Had A Hammer

Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot False Hearted Girl

I Gave My Love A Cherry

Nine Pound Hammer

Life's Railway To Heaven


Cotton Fields

Cotton Dress

Hush, Little Baby

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Country Morning

Capitol # ST-11205 // Released July 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


Farther Down The River


I'd Like To Be

Daddy Usta Say

Thanks For The Memories

Colorado Country Morning

Printers Alley Stars

Sweet Child Of Sunshine

That Good Old Time Religion Thing

You've Still Got Love All Over You

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Ernie Sings and Glen Picks

Capitol # ST-11389 // Released May 1975


Note: 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.


Trouble In Mind

A Legend In My Time

There Goes My Everything

She Called Me Baby

Here Comes My Baby

I Gotta Have My Baby Back

Nobody Wins

Loving' Her Was Easier

I Really Don't Want To Know

For The Good Times

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Hymns At Home

Capitol # ST-1604 // Released Dec 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.


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

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


Here Comes The Mississippi Showboat

Capitol # ST-1684 // Released April 1962


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

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

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Long, Long Ago

Capitol # ST-1875 // Released April 1963


Long, Long Ago

Silver Threads Among The Gold

Home, Sweet Home


n The Gloaming

The Old Oaken Bucket

When You And I Were Young, Maggie

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

The Cradle Song

Love's Old Sweet Song

Sweet And Low

Smilin' Through

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We Gather Together

 Capitol # ST-1937 // Released July 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.


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

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

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Great Gospel Songs

Capitol # ST-2026 // Released Feb 3 1964


Note: Ernie's second LP with The Jordanaires; this was 1964's Grammy Winner for Best Inspirational Recording. 


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

I Can Tell You The Time

Just A Little Talk With Jesus

Peace Like A River

We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles

On The Jericho Road

Give The World

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Sing We Now of Christmas

Capitol # ST-2394 // Released Oct 1965


Sing We Now Of Christmas

Oh, Christmas Tree

Little Drummer Boy

Angels We Have Heard On High

Caroling, Caroling

Little Grey Donkey

Good King Wenceslas

Virgin's Slumber Song

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

What Child Is This

Away In A Manger


Aloha From TEF

Capitol # ST-2681 // Released Feb 1967


Note: This LP was Ernie's idea, and as a tip-of-the hat to the Aloha State, it was also recorded there.


Sweet Someone

I'll Remember You

Beyond The Reef

Sweet Leilani

Hawaiian Paradise

The Hawaiian Wedding Song

Pearly Shells

Love Song Of Kalua

Lahaina Luna

To You, Sweetheart, Aloha

Aloha Oe

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World of Pop and Country Hits

Capitol # ST-2896 // Released April 1968


What A Wonderful World


Talk To The Animals

Only You (And You Alone)

Step To The Rear

Make The World Go Away

Detroit City

Old Cape Cod


There Goes My Everything


Country Hits...Feelin' Blue

 Capitol # ST-2097 // Released June 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.


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

Worried Mind

No One Will Ever Know

Funny How Time Slips Away

Sweet Dreams

Tears On My Pillow

May You Never Be Alone

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My Favorite Things

Capitol # ST-2444 // Released March 1966


Hello, Dolly

I Can't Stop Loving You

King Of The Road

Dear Heart

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

My Favorite Things

Red Roses For A Blue Lady


Turn Around

Try A Little Tenderness

Love (L-O-V-E)

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Faith of Our Fathers

Capitol # 2761 // Released Aug 1967


Faith Of Our Fathers

Pass Me Not

A Child Of The King

The Solid Rock

One Sweetly, Solemn Thought

Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide

Break Thou The Bread Of Life

Jesus, I Come

He Alone Can Save Me

Almost Persuaded

Home Of The Soul

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O Come All Ye Faithful

Capitol # 2968 // Released Nov 1968


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

The Wassail Song

The Friendly Beasts

He Is Born, The Holy Child

White Christmas

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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The New Wave

Capitol # ST-218 // Released May 5, 1969


Good Morning Dear

Cab Driver

Wichita Lineman

Little Girl

Mary In The Morning


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


Holy, Holy, Holy

Capitol # ST-334 // Released Oct 6, 1969


Holy, Holy, Holy

I've Found A Friend

There Is A Fountain

A Charge To Keep I Have

Take Up Thy Cross

Close To Thee

Saviour, More Than Life

Take My Life And Let It Be


Everything Is Beautiful

Capitol # ST-583 // Released Sept 8, 1970


Let The Lovelight In Your Eyes Lead Me On

Everything Is Beautiful

Rainy Night In Georgia

Work Song

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Let It Be

Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

My Old Kentucky Home

We Need Love

And When I Die

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Abide With Me

Capitol # ST-730 // Released March 1971


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

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

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Mr. Words and Music

Capitol # ST-11001 // Released Feb 1971


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 Big Mable Murphy

Turn Your Radio On


Okie From Muskogee

Mr. Words And Music

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It's Tennessee Ernie Ford

Capitol # ST-11092 // Released Sept 1972


The Pea-Pickin' Cook

Sunday's Still A Special Day To Me

In The Eyes Of My People

Granny Dips Snuff

Yours And Mine

I Don't Know

A Poor Man's Gold

It's Good To Be Home Again

Song ( Mama's Song)

Be Gentle With Yourself

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Ernie Ford Sings About Jesus

 Capitol # ST-11232 // Released Sept 1973


Take Up Thy Cross

Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross

Asleep In Jesus

My Jesus As Thou Wilt

The Name Of Jesus

Jesus Saviour Pilot Me

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Jesus Paid It All

Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?

Almost Persuaded

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Make A Joyful Nois

Capitol # ST-11290 // Released April 1974


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

I Love You

've Got Confidence

It Won't Be Long

I Wish We'd All Been Ready


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Sing His Great Love

Capitol # ST-11561 // Released Aug 1976


Sing His Great Love

Nothing Between

Holy Holy

The Haven Of Rest

Sweet Sweet Spirit

Beulah Land

He Is Here

Peace, Wonderful Peace

Does Jesus Care

My Tribute

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For The 83rd Time

Capitol # ST-11561 // Released August 9, 1976


Note: The last LP Ernie recorded for Capitol Records.


I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train


Daddy, What's A Tree?

I've Been There Too

Ain't Goin' Down In The Ground Before My Time

Sweet Feelin's

The Dogs And Sheriff John

I've Been Through The Mill

Good Friends And Fireplaces

Everybody Needs A Rainbow

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