Eric Burdon – Sixteen Tons – Joe Versus the Volcano Theme

 

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Eric Burdon performs his 1990 version of the “Joe Versus the Volcano” title song Sixteen Tons. Originally written in 1947 by Merle Travis and made a #1 hit in 1955 by “Tennessee” Ernie Ford. Eric (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock band the Animals and the funk band War and for his aggressive stage performance. The gutsy, distinctive singer went on to pursue a varied solo career embracing funk, soul, and traditional blues He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone’s list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time…. In 1990, Eric Burdon’s cover version of “Sixteen Tons” was used for the film Joe Versus the Volcano. The song, which played at the beginning of the film, was also released as a single.

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