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Tennessee Ernie Ford

Biography

Vocalist in pop, gospel, and American genres who all released the strike single “16 Loads” in 1955. He provides three Hollywood Walk of Popularity stars due to his efforts to radio, tv, and information. He went to Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for traditional performing. He also flew missions over Japan during Globe War II inside a B-29. His albums Hymns and Celebrity Carols had been both Platinum-certified. He wedded Betty Heminger on Sept 18, 1942 and he remarried to Beverly Solid wood on June 11, 1989. He previously two sons called Jeffrey and Brion. “Sixteen Lots” was a cover of the Merle Travis track, originally documented in 1946.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 13, 1919
Place Of Birth Bristol, TN
Profession Country Singer
Education Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Nationality American
Spouse Beverly Wood Ford, Betty Heminger
Children Jeffrey Buckner Ford, Brion Leonard Ford
Parents Maud Long, Clarence Thomas Ford
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Most Outstanding New Personality, NME Award for Favourite US Male Singer, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Male Personality Continuing Performance
Movies Mouse on the Mayflower, The Lonely Man, Man in the Saddle
TV Shows The Ford Show
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1600 Vine Street, for Recording at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard, and for Television at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2While it never affected his professional work, nor was it ever publicized (for fear of how it would impact his career), Ford battled all his life with a drinking problem, something which ultimately undermined his health. In October, 1991, he collapsed after leaving a White House dinner and died at an area hospital a few days later, exactly one year to the day after being elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
3Father of Jeffrey Buckner Ford.
4His biggest hit "Sixteen Tons" was credited as being the first Rock and Roll big hit and for kicking off the Rock and Roll era of the 1950s.
5He also sang the title song in the movie River of No Return (1954) starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. It was released as a single and did well on the record charts.
6His popular TV program "The Ford Show" was not named after him, although many assumed so, but after his sponsor, the Ford Motor Company.
7His book "Tennessee Ernie Ford's Book of Favorite Hymns" was a best-seller in its fleid when it was published in 1962, and a companion record album on Capitol Records was released later that same year.
8Made the first tour of the Soviet Union with a country-western stage show (including Roy Clark) in 1974.
9The album "Hymns" (1956) was on the USA Billboard Album charts for 350 consecutive weeks.
10Used his influence to give many young performers their first break in show business, including San Francisco-area disk jockey turned TV personality Jim Lange (later of "The Dating Game"), and most notably, the singing duo the Everly Brothers.
11His many albums of hymns and sacred music for Capitol and Ranwood records were among the top-sellers in their field, with "Hymns" (1957) and "Sing a Hymn with Me" (1961) both achieving Gold Record status.
12His remains are buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California.
13Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
14Country singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016Documentary performer: "Sixteen Tons" written by nm0871419
Beaver Trilogy Part IV2015Documentary performer: "The Cry of the Wild Goose" written by nm0318601
Carrie2013performer: "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning", "His Amazing Grace"
The Unknown Known2013Documentary performer: "White Christmas"
Chuck2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
FringeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The Laundromat2010Short performer: "Pennies from Heaven"
W.2008/Iwriter: "Shotgun Boogie" - as Ernest J. Ford
Unaccompanied Minors2006performer: "Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus"
Best of Country Live!2006Video performer: "Shotgun Boogie" / writer: "Shotgun Boogie"
Wild Seven2006performer: "Sixteen Tons"
Door to Door2002TV Movie performer: "Sixteen Tons"
The Simpsons1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
Black Hearts Bleed Red1992Short writer: "Shotgun Boogie" - as Ernest J. Ford
Ghosts of the Sky1989Video documentary short performer: "Ghost Squadron"
Rising Storm1989performer: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
Arena1984TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
DTV: Golden Oldies1984Video performer: "Sixteen Tons"
Dolly1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dean Martin Show1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jack Benny Program1961TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford ShowTV Series performer - 186 episodes, 1956 - 1961 writer - 2 episodes, 1957
Make Room for Daddy1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lonely Man1957performer: "The Lonely Man"
Corral Cuties1954Short performer: "Don't Start Courtin' in a Hotrod", "Bright Lights and Blond Haired Women"
River of No Return1954performer: "River of No Return" - uncredited
Man in the Saddle1951performer: "Man in the Saddle" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Lucy1969TV SeriesErnie Epperson
Mouse on the Mayflower1968TV MovieNarrator (voice)
The Red Skelton Hour1967TV SeriesLoser Lumpkin
The Lucy Show1967TV SeriesHomer Higgins
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1962TV Series
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959-1960TV SeriesSir Joseph Porter Koko Narrator
Make Room for Daddy1959TV SeriesKentucky Cal
The Lonely Man1957Singer (voice)
I Love Lucy1954-1955TV SeriesCousin Ernie
Corral Cuties1954Short
Man in the Saddle1951Wrangler / Singer of Title Song (uncredited)
The Best Years of Our Lives1946Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Peapicker in Piccadilly1969TV MovieHimself - Host
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1966-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special1968TV MovieHimself - Host
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special1967TV MovieHimself - Host
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1962-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Hour1964TV SpecialHimself
The Story of Christmas1963TV MovieHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Jack Benny Program1961TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1956-1961TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself / Escamillio
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself
Startime1960TV SeriesHimself
The George Gobel Show1955-1960TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1958TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
This Is Your Life1956-1958TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest of Honor
The Lux Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Rosemary Clooney Show1956-1957TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
The Steve Allen Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself
The Red Skelton Hour1954TV SeriesHimself
Old American Barn Dance1953TV SeriesRegular performer (as Tennessee Ernie)
Songs for Sale1951TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Jimmy McHugh's Song Party1951ShortHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1951TV SeriesHimself
Hometown Jamboree1949TV SeriesHimself (1949-1960)
A Ford Show Family Christmas1994VideoHimself
24th Annual Country Music Association Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Hall-Of-Fame Inductee
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHimself
Hee Haw1973-1983TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Storyteller / Himself - Special Guest / ...
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters1981TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975-1980TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The Stars and Stripes Show1976TV MovieHimself - Host
Dolly1976TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
9th Annual Country Music Association Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1975TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
Opryland U.S.A.1973TV SpecialHimself - Host
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHimself
Tennessee Ernie Ford's White Christmas1972TV MovieHimself - Host / Singer
The Fabulous Fordies1972TV SpecialHimself - Host
Dinah's Place1971TV SeriesHimself
Sing America Beautiful1971TV MovieHimself - Host
The Jim Nabors Hour1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Kraft Music Hall1969-1970TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special1970TV MovieHimself - Host
Laugh-In1969-1970TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tab Hunter Confidential2015DocumentaryHimself
Here's Lucy Spotlight: Lucie Arnaz2012Video documentary shortClip from 'Here's Lucy'
Best of Country Live!2006VideoHimself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Amazing Grace1993VideoHimself
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television1986TV MovieHimself
Arena1984TV Series documentaryHimself
DTV: Golden Oldies1984VideoHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6311 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 6922 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 1600 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Male Personality - Continuing Performance
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsMost Outstanding New Personality


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#Quote
1Bless your little pea-pickin' hearts.

#Trademark
1Deep south country accent & slang terminolgist

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