Tennessee Ernie Ford was an American recording artist and television host who was known for singing a range of music, including country, pop and gospel. Ford started his radio career in Bristol, Tennessee, but left in 1939 to study classical music and voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He was a World War II veteran whose signature song became “Sixteen Tons.” From 1956 to 1961 he hosted his own show, The Ford Show, on NBC.
Ford was born on February 13, 1919 and would have celebrated his 100th birthday this winter. To celebrate, Bristol is honoring him throughout the month of February with a special display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Also his birthday week will be celebrated in Bristol with a variety of events and activities, including a musical performance, a conversation with Ford’s son Buck, a special church service, show screenings, a commemorative stamp and birthday cake!
For a full listing of events and more information about Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 100th Birthday Celebration, visit www.ErnieFord100.com.