Roy's Records façade

Roy's Records advertises the arrival of 16 Tons.

16 Tons or Sixteen Tons was a song about a coal miner, based on life in coal mines in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. It was written and first recorded by Merle Travis. His version was released in 1947.

In 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded a version of the song that became a number one hit in the United States

When Marty McFly first arrived at Courthouse Square in Hill Valley in 1955, Roy's Records was advertising the arrival of the Tennessee Ernie Ford version of 16 Tons.


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