Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Birthday

Update: see below.

Adolf turns 62 today.

What was that old song? The one with the big booming voice?

"Another day older and deeper in debt"

It's another year older and mortgage free.

Feels pretty good, what with this banking crisis coming on.

Here it is:

Sixteen Tons

Tennessee Ernie Ford album cover

Ford scored an unexpected hit on the pop charts in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons," a sparsely arranged coal-miner's lament that Travis wrote in 1946, based on his own family's experience in the mines of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Its fatalistic tone contrasted vividly with the sugary pop ballads and the rock and roll just starting to dominate the charts at the time:

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don't you call me, 'cause I can't go;
I owe my soul to the company store...

With a unique clarinet-driven pop arrangement by Ford's musical director, Jack Fascinato, "Sixteen Tons" spent ten weeks at number one on the country charts and eight weeks at number one on the pop charts, and made Ford a crossover star. It became Ford's 'signature song.'


KG said...

Have a good one, Adolf!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Adolf, you know you are alive when there are still causes to support and evil to defeat.

Have many more.

Lou Taylor said...

Best wishes Adolf

pdm said...

Happy Birthday.

Something to look forward to - you are only 5 years away from getting Winston's Gold Card - if it survives that long.

chicken little said...

Since I'm in a poetry mood this morning -

My absolute favourite piece of poetry

Sound sound the clarion,
Full the fife,
Through out the mortal world proclaim,
one crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.

Thomas Moerant

Happy birthday Adolf
Party on.

hazza said...

Happy Birthday Adolf!
I look forward to your posts every day, and the pictures
Great Work

Psycho Milt said...

Herzlichen Glueckwuensch zum Geburtstag, Adolf (seems appropriate for the pseudonym) - and happy birthday to the bloke behind the pseudonym.


Yes Happy Birthday Adolf.
We must catch up again soon.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Many thanks to all and especially Milt. Babelfish has it as:-

Cordial ones luck-wish to the birthday, Adolf

Ackers said...

Happy birthday Adolf! Even crustier than me,that's heartening.

DenMT said...

Grattis på födelsedagen from Sweden. The internet is no fun without alliterative curmudgeons to disagree with!


Observer said...

Welcome to the club Adolf. Your number 1 challenge now is to fight the dreaded oldfartitus. It is a terrible disease that these days is aflicting the young as well as the old; however, you seem to be doing OK but keep up the fight.

Remember the old man's motto
Nils illigitimi begatus carborundum.

Clunking Fist said...

"Another day older and deeper in debt" The song is Sixteen Ton by Merle Tavis.

But the best version is by Homer & Jethro, but i can't find it on the net. Goes something like:
SOme people say a man is made outta dirt,
Bow-legged britches and a humpback shirt

Anyways, "¡Feliz cumpleaños!" from me and babelfish...

Sus said...

Happy Birthday from me, Adolf! :)

CL: I loved that verse!

Skyman said...

Happy Birthday Adolf!

The "Old Pea-Picker" was one of my favorites. He could sing some great hymns too!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I see from Wiki he had classical voice training.

Spam said...

Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

happy birthday and many more of them We cant afford to lose good red necks like you and I and the others



homepaddock said...

Feliz cumpleaños, Adolf.

Many happies & many more.

Phil C said...

Happy birthday, Adolph!-

Heine said...

Good on you for making another birthday mate. All the best from SUNNY London.... no I lie, it's bloody cold.