Tennessee Ernie (Official Wiki AMG) is best known as the guy who recorded "16 Tons," and quite a few gospel records we all saw marketed on late-night television. Four years before his massive hit with "16 Tons," and seven years before anyone ever had a hit with Stag, Tennessee Ernie (still then working on a weekly radio show) recorded his take on Stag.
Remember how I said that Tommy Roe's version of Stag was relentlessly upbeat? Well, so is Tennessee Ernie's, but don't hold that against him. This is a finger-snapping, foot-stomping boogie-woogie that'll stick in your head for days. Days, I tell you.
I've been planning a "best of Stag" compilation for a while now. I'd been holding off on posting such a thing for two reasons: Lloyd Price and Tennessee Ernie. Next week, I won't be putting up a new version, but you will get a CD's worth of the best of Stag, in chronological order. Stay tuned!