Ace Cannon

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Ace Cannon
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Ace Cannon in 1968
Background information
Birth name John Cannon
Born (1934-05-05) May 5, 1934 (age 81)
Grenada, Mississippi
Origin United States
External video
Oral History, Ace Cannon talks about the origin of the song,Tuff. Interview date October 10, 2012, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

John "Ace" Cannon (born 5 May 1934 in Grenada, Mississippi) is an American tenor and alto saxophonist. He played and toured with Hi Records stablemate Bill Black's Combo, and started a solo career with his record "Tuff" in 1961, using the Black combo as his backing group. "Tuff" hit #17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, and the follow-up single "Blues (Stay Away from Me)" hit #36 that same year.[1] In April 1965, he released Ace Cannon Live (HL 12025); according to the liner notes by Nick Pesce the album was recorded in front of a live audience inside Hi's recording studio, and Pesce claims this was the first time such an album had ever been recorded (as opposed to previous live albums recorded in concert venues).

Cannon was inducted into both the Rock and Soul Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000.[2] In May 2007, his hometown of Calhoun City, Mississippi, hosted its first annual Ace Cannon Festival, and on December 9, 2008, he was honored with induction into the Mississippi Musicians' Hall Of Fame.

After years of travelling and entertaining fans the world over, he moved back to Calhoun City in the late 1980s and resides there today. He still plays numerous dates each year, and can be found most days working on his golf game at his home course.



  • 1962 - Tuff Sax (US Hot Albums #24)
  • 1964 - Plays the Great Show Tunes
  • 1964 - Aces Hi
  • 1965 - Live
  • 1966 – Christmas Cheers from Ace Cannon (US Hot Albums #44)
  • 1966 - Sweet & Tuff
  • 1967 - Memphis Golden Hits
  • 1969 - Ace of Sax
  • 1973 - Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me


Year Title Chart positions Album
1961 "Tuff" A 17 Tuff Sax
1962 "Blues (Stay Away From Me)" 36
"Sugar Blues" 92 Singles only
"Volare" 107 Looking Back With Ace Cannon
1963 "Since I Met You Baby" 130 Singles only
"Cotton Fields" 67 Ace Hi
"Swanee River" 103
1964 "Searchin'" 84
"Empty Arms" 120 Nashville Hits
1965 "Sea Cruise" 135 Singles only
1966 "Funny How Time Slips Away" 102 Sweet and Tuff
1968 "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" 110 Incomparable Sax
1977 "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" B Peace In the Valley
  • A Peaked at #3 on US R&B charts
  • B Peaked at #73 on US Country Singles


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  2. ^ "RAB Hall of Fame: Ace Cannon". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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