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Ace Cannon

One of Nashville's premier session men from the late '50s through the early '70s, alto saxophonist Ace Cannon began playing at the age of ten and signed with Sun Records during the early days of rock & roll. He performed with Billy Lee Riley and Brad Suggs but then in 1959 joined the original Bill Black Combo, recording for the Hi label. He stayed with the band until 1961, when he made his solo chart debut with the instrumental "Tuff," which made it to the country Top 20. This in turn was followed by a Top 40 hit, "Blues (Stay Away From Me)," and a minor hit for the Santos label, "Sugar Blues." He had two more hits in the mid-'60s with "Cotton Fields" and "Searchin'," both recorded for Hi. A decade later, he became the subject of the 1974 documentary film, Ace's High. After moving to Nashville in the mid-'70s, Cannon's version of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" became a minor hit and was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy that year. Cannon continued to perform into the '90s and frequently toured with such legends of early rock & roll as Carl Perkins. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ace of Sax

1. Down by the Riverside

2. I've Been Loving You Too Long

3. Amen

4. Dizzy

5. Bad Moon Rising

6. Alley Cat

7. Who's Making Love

8. You Showed Me

9. Proud Mary

10. Groovin'

11. You Gave Me a Mountain

12. Soul for Sale

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Track List: Looking Back

1. Volare

2. Blue Prelude

3. My Blue Heaven

4. Lazy River

5. September Song

6. Night Life

7. Looking Back

8. Foggy River

9. I Love You, Yes I Do

10. Someday

11. Jealous Heart

12. Harlem Nocturne

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Track List: Sweet & Tuff

1. Funny (How Time Slips Away)

2. One Has My Name

3. Spanish Eyes

4. Al Di La

5. More

6. Goldfinger

7. These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

8. Ram-Bunk-Shush

9. Louis Louie

10. Hang on Sloopy

11. Mockingbird Rock

12. Two for One

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Track List: The Moanin' Sax

1. Moanin' the Blues

2. Trouble in Mind

3. Prisoner's Song

4. I Love You Because

5. Last Date

6. Singing the Blues

7. It's All in the Game

8. No Letter Today

9. I Left My Heart in San Francisco

10. I Can't Get Started with You

11. Prisoner of Love

12. Moanin'

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Track List: Original Golden Classics

1. Tuff

2. Red River Valley

3. Honey Hungry

4. Battle Hymn Of The Republic

5. Cannon Boogie

6. Honky Tonk

7. Catchee

8. Streets Of Laredo

9. Blues Stay Away From Me

10. Sail Along Silv'ry Moon

11. White Silver Sands

12. Danny Boy

13. Cotton Fields

14. Dixie

15. Green Back Dollar

16. Sugar Blues

17. What If

18. Swanee River

19. Waltz Medley

20. John Henry

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Track List: The Godfather Of The Sax

1. Last Date

2. Night Fever

3. Georgia On My Mind

4. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

5. Love Letters

6. New York, New York

7. Only The Lonely

8. Green, Green Grass Of Home

9. House Of The Rising Sun

10. There Goes My Everything

11. Hopelessly Devoted To You

12. Rose Garden

13. I Can't Stop Loving You

14. Endless Love

15. Crazy

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Track List: All The Best

1. Fascination

2. Heartbreak Hotel

3. Because Of You

4. Willow Weep For Me

5. Searchin'

6. Shangri La

7. Lonely Street

8. Swanee River

9. Gone

10. So Fine

11. Honky Tonk

12. Cotton Fields

13. Hello Dolly

14. Stranger In Paradise

15. Moonglow

16. Song From Moulin Rouge

17. Around The World In Eighty Days

18. High And The Mighty

19. Never On Sunday

20. Moon River

21. Some Enchanted Evening

22. Summer's Place

23. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing

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Track List: The Vest Best Of Ace Cannon

1. Southern Nights

2. Feelings

3. Close To You

4. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

5. Love The World Away

6. Evergreen

7. Ease On Down The Road

8. Corina, Corina

9. Two Doors Down

10. Wasted Day And Wasted Nights

11. Kaw-Liga

12. Paper Roses

13. Deperado

14. Love On The Rocks

15. Georgia On My Mind

16. Cold, Cold Heart

17. Hey Good Lookin'

18. I Can't Help It

19. Honky Tonkin'

20. I Saw The Light

21. Jambalaya

22. Move It On Over

23. You Win Again

24. Your Cheating Heart

25. You Light Up My Life

26. Margaritaville

27. Sunshine On My Shoulder

28. Gentle On My Mind

29. Xanadu

30. Bein' Green

31. The Long And Winding Road

32. Yesterday

33. Help Me Make It Through The Night

34. Rhinestone Cowboy

35. Poltergeist

36. Tomorrow

37. Up Where We Belond

38. Good Hearted Woman

39. Just The Way You Are

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Track List: Music By The Pound

1. Corina Corina

2. Bad Boy Leroy Brown

3. Lavendar Blue

4. Boney Moroney

5. Tuff

6. Woman Woman

7. Take Good Care Of Her

8. Burning Bridges

9. Rockin' Robin

10. When A Man Loves A Woman

11. Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain

12. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

13. Secret Love

14. Alley Cat

15. End Of The World

16. I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You

17. You Always Hurt The One You Love

18. Hearts Of Stone

19. Old Butter Milk Sky

20. Music By The Pound

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Track List: 28 Golden Classics

1. Tuff

2. White Silver Sands

3. Honky Tonk

4. Yakety Sax

5. So Rare

6. M.L.'S Boogie Woogie

7. Red River Valley

8. Cannon Boogie

9. Danny Boy

10. Cotton Fields

11. Raunchy

12. I Feel Like Playing The Blues

13. Battle Hymn Of The Republic (Inst.)

14. Java

15. Swanee River

16. Blue Danube (Waltz Medley)

17. Blues (Stay Away From Me)

18. In The Mood

19. Green Back Dollar

20. Sail Along Silv'ry Moon

21. Streets Of Laredo

22. Catchee

23. Dixie

24. Honey Hungry

25. John Henry

26. What If

27. Sugar Blues

28. The Entertainer

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Track List: 54 All Time Greatest Hits

1. Mountain Of Love

2. Secret Love

3. Rose Garden

4. Everything Is Beautiful

5. Sweet Dreams

6. Oh Lonesome Me

7. For The Good Times

8. I Fall To Pieces

9. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Slow Version)

10. Paper Roses

11. Make The World Go Away

12. Rhinestone Cowboy

13. Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

14. I Can't Stop Loving You

15. Close To You

16. You Light Up My Life

17. Evergreen

18. Feelings

19. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

20. Yesterday

21. Sunshine On My Shoulders

22. Just The Way You Are

23. Desperado

24. Tomorrow

25. Poltergeist

26. Love On The Rocks

27. Up Where We Belong

28. Love The World Away

29. Ease On Down The Road

30. It's Not Easy Bein' Green

31. Xanadu

32. The Long And Winding Road

33. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

34. Gentle On My Mind

35. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Fast Version)

36. Good Hearted Woman

37. Georgia On My Mind

38. Margaritaville

39. Paper Roses (Alternate Take)

40. Southern Nights

41. Rhinestone Cowboy (Alternate Take)

42. Two Doors Down

43. Your Cheating Heart

44. Kaw-Liga

45. Cold Cold Heart

46. Honky Tonkin'

47. I Can't Help It

48. I Saw The Light

49. Jambalaya

50. Hey Good Lookin'

51. Move It On Over

52. You Win Again

53. Corina, Corina

54. Tuff (2008)

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Track List: 22 All-Time Greatest Hits

1. Tuff

2. Waltz Medley With Gusto

3. Stealin' Feelin'

4. White Silver Sands

5. Green Back Dollar

6. I Feel Like Playin' The Blues

7. Yakety Sax

8. Swanee River

9. Cannon Boogie

10. Danny Boy

11. Honey Hungry

12. The Entertainer

13. Red River Valley

14. Dixie

15. Frankie And Johnny

16. You And Your Precious Love

17. Catchee

18. John Henry

19. Sugar Blues

20. What If

21. Streets Of Laredo

22. Cotton Fields

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Track List: The Best Of Ace Cannon - The Hi Records Years

1. Tuff

2. Sittin' Tight

3. Looking Back

4. Kansas City

5. Empty Arms

6. The Prisoner's Song

7. Cotton Fields

8. Sunday Blues

9. Searchin'

10. Blues Stay Away From Me

11. Heartbreak Hotel

12. I Walk The Line

13. Funny (How Time Slips Away)

14. Soul For Sale

15. Memory

16. Moanin'

17. If I Had A Hammer

18. Drunk

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Track List: Peace In The Valley

1. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

2. One Day At A Time

3. I'll Fly Away

4. Amazing Grace

5. Why Me Lord

6. Peace In The Valley

7. Just A Little Closer Walk With Thee

8. You Can't Be A Beacon

9. It Is No Secret

10. Everything Is Beautiful

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Track List: Country Comfort

1. Country Comfort

2. Faded Love

3. Closin' Times A Downer

4. The Easy Part's Over

5. Wabash Cannon Ball

6. It's Not Love

7. Missing You

8. Rocky Top

9. Goodtime Charlie

10. I Can't Help It

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Track List: Cool 'n Saxy

1. Rainy Night In Georgia

2. My Elusive Dream

3. Let It Be

4. Don't It Make You Want To Go Home

5. Everybody's Talking

6. Sugar Sugar

7. Lodi

8. Am I That Easy To Forget

9. For The Love Of Him

10. Sunny

11. The House Of The Rising Sun

12. Chicken Fried Soul

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Track List: Memphis Golden Hits

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Track List: The Misty Sax Of Ace Cannon

1. Wonderland By Night

2. Almost Persuaded

3. Somewhere My Love

4. Blowing In The Wind

5. As The Time Goes By

6. Yesterday

7. When A Man Loves A Woman

8. Strangers In The Night

9. You'll Never Walk Alone

10. That's My Desire

11. Summertime

12. Michelle

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The greatest sax player ever!!
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As a teen in 1959, I enjoyed the instrumental s more than most of the vocal pop music of the day. Obviously, that would exclude the greats such as Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke. Ace Cannon was laready known to me because of the records by The Bill Black Combo. Black was the bassist behind Elvis's Sun Records recordings. Ace played some very pretty music and he could rev it up too.
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kenote_9
he is the best on his SAX I found a tape of his music now I need a cd. love his music
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Played alto sax as a kid and 69 years later I still LOVE It.
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Am very fortunate to live close to Ace and be his friend. Get to see him perform at local festivals etc even now. He is the best in my book! Love you Ace. See you soon!
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rgaskins36
I got the original single of the song called Tuff by Ace Cannon on a 45 rpm. It belonged to my dad who also had a couple of LP's of Ace Cannon.
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Why does all the base lines sound the same?! I'm goin crazy or somethin if they don't
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chainreactio n 9 0 8
got this when I put in sleepwalk, definitely a great artist
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great sax player=wish my sax could sing like his
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love his music. Tuff the best one
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Just talked to Ace and he is doing great. What an unexpected highlight in my life thanks to Mr. Baskin in Memphis, one of the best people in the world. Thanks again!
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roetts
I was living on the island of Barbados, at which time I was seventeen years old and Ace did a tour that was the first time I heard of him, up to now I enjoy his music.
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Love this song & artist
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News flash!! Johnny "ACE" Cannon still performs to this day. He is a regular at the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame in Tennessee. Around 75 years of age and sounds as good as ever! Amazing.

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