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Merle Travis (1917–1983)


Merle Travis was born on November 29, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky, USA as Merle Robert Travis. He was married to Judy Hayden and Mary E. Johnson Edwards. He died on October 20, 1983 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Joe Versus the Volcano
(1990)
Thank You for Smoking
(2005)
From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity Sal Anderson
(1953)
Galloping Thunder
Galloping Thunder Guitar Player
(1946)

Filmography

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 2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (writer: "16 Tons" - uncredited)
 2016 Conan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Norm Macdonald/Keke Palmer/ZZ Top (2016) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2016 The Subtle Art of Crafting a Believable Story (Video short) (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2016 The Blacklist (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Caretaker (No. 78) (2016) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 2009-2014 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Expedition Approximation (2014) ... (writer: "Dark as a Dungeon" - uncredited)
- The Work Song Nanocluster (2009) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 2014 Music Nation (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Soap the Stamps (2014) ... (writer: "16 Tons")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- All of Me (2014) ... (performer: "Fat Gal") / (writer: "Fat Gal")
 2010-2011 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Buck Trent (2011) ... (writer: "Until Dawn")
- Jessi Colter (2010) ... (writer: "Dark as a Dungeon")
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) ("Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)")
 2011 Chuck (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible (2011) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2010 Casal Rock (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- El gran concert (2010) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
- Compte enrere (2010) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2009 Memòries de la tele (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.9 (2009) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2009 Mad Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Seven Twenty Three (2009) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2009 Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #5.8 (2009) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
- Episode #5.5 (2009) ... (writer: "Dieciséis toneladas")
 2008 Tommy Emmanuel: Center Stage (TV Movie) (writer: "Nine Pound Hammer")
 2008 Qwerty (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.12 (2008) ... (writer: "Dieciséis toneladas")
 2008 Debt Trap (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2006 Emily's First 100 Days of School (Video short) (writer: "16 Tons")
 2006 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sandhogs (2006) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2006 Wild Seven (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2005 My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Quit Smoking (2005) ... (writer: "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)")
 2005 Thank You for Smoking (writer: "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette!")
 2005 Almost Heaven (writer: "Dark as a Dungeon")
 2003 The Wire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ebb Tide (2003) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 2002 Door to Door (TV Movie) (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2002 Cuéntame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cada cual en su sitio (2002) ... (writer: "Dieciséis toneladas (Sixteen Tons)")
 1999 Pepe Guindo (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (writer: "Love Must Be Catchin'")
 1998 Casting (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1998 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Screaming Skull (1998) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1998 Finding North (performer: "Goodbye My Bluebell")
 1996 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.10 (1996) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1994 The George Carlin Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- George Really Does It This Time (1994) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bart Gets an Elephant (1994) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1992 Golem, l'esprit de l'exil (lyrics: "Sixteen Tons") / (music: "Sixteen Tons")
 1990 Joe Versus the Volcano (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dishpan Man (1986) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1985 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gorgeous George (1985) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
  Arena (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1984) (writer - 1 episode, 1984)
- The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1984) ... (performer: "Nine Pound Hammer" - uncredited) / (writer: "Nine Pound Hammer" - uncredited)
 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1980 Melvin and Howard (writer: "Steel Guitar Rag")
 1980 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chevy Chase/Marianne Faithfull (1980) ... (writer: "16 Tons" - uncredited)
 1976 Harlan County U.S.A. (Documentary) (writer: "Dark As A Dungeon")
  The Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1968 - 1970) (arranger - 1 episode, 1974) (writer - 1 episode, 1974)
- Chet Atkins (1974) ... (arranger: "Blowing in the Wind / I Want You / Don't Think Twice / Nine Pound Hammer Medley" (instrumental))
- Mac Wiseman (1974) ... (writer: "Rock-A-Bye Rag")
- Merle Travis (1970) ... (performer: "Nine Pound Hammer", "Cannonball Rag")
- Merle Travis (1968) ... (performer: "Lost John", "The Midnight Special")
 1974 And Now My Love (writer: "Sixtenn Tons")
 1971 Two-Lane Blacktop (arranger: "John Henry" - uncredited)
 1969-1970 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.27 (1970) ... (writer: "Sailor on a Concrete Sea")
- Episode #1.15 (1969) ... (writer: "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)")
- Episode #1.4 (1969) ... (writer: "Dark as a Dungeon")
 1969 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Occupations (1969) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1968 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 (1968) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1967 Music City USA (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1967) ... ("Sixteen Tons")
 1966 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.15 (1966) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1966 That Tennessee Beat (performer: "That Tennessee Beat") / (writer: "That Tennessee Beat")
 1966 Loco-motion (TV Movie) (writer: "16 Tons")
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965) ... (writer: "16 Tons")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 (1965) ... (writer: "Kentucky Means Paradise")
 1964 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (1964) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1963 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.10 (1963) ... (writer: "Sweet Temptation" - uncredited)
 1962 The Night Rider (TV Short) (performer: "Don't Take Your Guns To Town", "Night Herding Song (Move Slow, Little Dogies, Move Slow)", "South of the Border" (excerpt) - uncredited)
 1961 Five Minutes to Live (as Merl Travis, "Five Minutes To Live")
  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes, 1956 - 1961) (arranger - 3 episodes, 1957 - 1960) (performer - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1960)
- Robert Horton (1961) ... (writer: "Dark as a Dungeon" - uncredited)
- Minnie Pearl (1961) ... (writer: "Dark as a Dungeon" - uncredited)
- Merle Travis and Molly Bee (1960) ... (performer: "Party Song" (uncredited), "Nine Pound Hammer", "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette", "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music" (uncredited), "Bless This House" (uncredited), "That Fat Gal of Mine" (uncredited)) / (writer: "Nine Pound Hammer", "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette", "That Fat Gal of Mine" (uncredited))
- Ernie and the Top Twenty (1960) ... (writer: "Nine Pound Hammer", "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
- Remote from Drury College in Springfield (1960) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
  Ranch Party (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1957) (writer - 1 episode, 1957)
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... (performer: "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)) / (writer: "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette))
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... (performer: "John Henry", "Wildwood Flower")
 1957 Locos peligrosos (writer: "16 Toneladas (16 Tons)")
 1955 Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 December 1955 (1955) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1951 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Silver Dollars (1951) ... (writer: "I Want To Be Sure")
 1951 Cyclone Fury (performer: "Hear the Wind (Singing a Cowboy Song)", "He'll Be Getting Some Sleep")
 1946 Lone Star Moonlight (writer: "Catalogue Cowboy Joe")
 1946 Galloping Thunder (performer: "He'll Be Getting Some Sleep", "Singing A Country Song", "Texas Home")
 1946 Roaring Rangers (performer: "The New Ten-Gallon Hat", "The Old Chisholm Trail")
 1945 Texas Home (Short) (performer: "Texas Home")
 1944 The Old Texas Trail (performer: "Ridin' Down That Old Texas Trail")
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Songwriter: Wrote "Sixteen Tons" in 1946, a hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955. See more »
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Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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