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Ernie "Tennessee Ernie" Ford
Original name: Ernest Jennings Ford
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~~~97 birthday cheers~~~
- Lon +
 Added: Feb. 6, 2016

- Roses♥~
 Added: Jan. 24, 2016

- jean romersheuser
 Added: Dec. 25, 2015

- Billy R. Edgar
 Added: Dec. 25, 2015
RIP Cousin
- Charles Ford
 Added: Dec. 18, 2015
I loved you in I Love Lucy. So funny. Rest in peace.
- Cynthia Taylor
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015
RIP from you 7th cousin.
- Ray B.
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015
Remembering you on the anniversary of your passing. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015
In sweet, loving memory on your angel day...
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015

- Mary Ann Weshinskey
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015

- Janis Coleman
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- elaine bailey
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- Cindy
 Added: Oct. 17, 2015
24 years
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Oct. 15, 2015
You are truly missed here on earth, but your voice in music goes on forever. We loved you and now may you rest with the Lord.
- Carolyn Collins
 Added: Oct. 15, 2015
Tennessee Ernie Ford Dies at 72; Folksy Singer Recorded '16 Tons'By GLENN COLLINSPublished: October 18, 1991Tennessee Ernie Ford, the homespun television host and country and Western crooner whose 1955 recording of "16 Tons" became one of the biggest-selling records of all time, died yesterday at H. C. A. Reston (Va.) Hospital Center. He was 72 years old and lived in Portola Valley, near Palo Alto, Calif.Mr. Ford became ill at Dulles International Airport on Sept. 28 and was taken to Reston Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman, Claudia Smith, attributed his death to a longstanding liver ailment.As a television host, singer and comedian, Mr. Ford is best remembered for folksy phrases from his Tennessee upbringing, like "Bless your pea-pickin' hearts" and "Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rockin' chairs."His rich bass-baritone, personable drawl, ingratiating smile and unhurried manner made him a popular network television star in the 1950's and 60's. Church Singer in ChildhoodErnest Jennings Ford was born on Feb. 13, 1919, in Bristol, Tenn. As a child he entertained at family gatherings and sang in the Methodist Church choir. After attending Virginia Intermount College, he got his first professional job with WOPI, the local radio station in Bristol, where he worked for $10 a week as a disk jockey to finance studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.Mr. Ford served as a bomber navigator in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant.He became a disk jockey on the ABC radio network in 1952, and started on the NBC-TV summer program "The College of Musical Knowledge" in 1953. That year he became the first country-music entertainer to perform at the Palladium in London.In 1956 Mr. Ford was hired by NBC-TV to be the host of "The Ford Show" on Thursday nights. The musical variety program was a staple of the NBC schedule until 1961. The show's title referred not to the singer but to the Ford Motor Company, the sponsor. The mustached, six-foot-tall host was informal and friendly, and ended each show with a hymn. The show was rated among the Top 10 in 1957. Shared the MicrophoneMr. Ford recorded more than 80 albums during a career of more than 40 years. He also made records with many other singers, including Kay Starr, Helen O'Connell, Betty Hutton and Ella Mae Morse.In the years after his variety show ended, Mr. Ford appeared occasionally on television specials and toured as a country-music performer. In 1974, his was the first popular-music group to tour the Soviet Union under a United States-Soviet cultural exchange program.He received a Medal of Freedom Award from President Ronald Reagan.Last year Dinah Shore, George Gobel, Della Reese, the Everly Brothers, George Lindsey, Minnie Pearl and other performers paid tribute to his 50 years in show business in an hourlong cable-television special. A Worldwide HitAmong Mr. Ford's most successful recordings were "Mule Train," "Smoky Mountain Boogie," "Shotgun Boogie, "I'll Never Be Free," "River of No Return," "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," "The Lusty Land," "Hogtied Over You," "Kiss Me Big," and "Softly and Tenderly."His biggest hit, "16 Tons," sold two million copies within nine weeks, and ultimately sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Mr. Ford took the song that Merle Travis had written and recorded in 1947 and sang it over what he called "a semi-rock-and-roll background." The song was a tribute to blue-collar workers, especially coal miners, with lines like "I owe my soul to the company store" and "another day older and deeper in debt."Although the record was released in 1955, Mr. Ford said in an interview last year that "it's an everlasting hit.""It seems that young marrieds and even high school kids know it," he added. "It caught on to every working man in the world, I guess."Mr. Ford's first wife, Betty, died in 1989. He is survived by his second wife, Beverly; two sons from his first marriage, Jeffrey and Brian, and a stepdaughter, Stevie.
- jmvernal
 Added: Oct. 12, 2015

- Angel46
 Added: Oct. 6, 2015
What a wonderful man you were.
- Bruce D. Rutherford
 Added: Oct. 3, 2015

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- Roses♥~
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- MarBella
 Added: Sep. 1, 2015
I will always remember your wonderful voice. RIP Ernie!
- Hiwater
 Added: Jul. 11, 2015

- Kathy & Buddy & Our Cat Family
 Added: Jul. 7, 2015
What a voice!
- Marie
 Added: Jun. 27, 2015

- Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 15, 2015

- Bonnie Rickman
 Added: Jun. 8, 2015
Was heck to find him but he's in the circular garden in front of the main mausoleum. He's by number 188I tried to add photos but I suppose findagrave turned that feature off for this guy.
- Nikkita Lee
 Added: May. 31, 2015
Because We Never Met Each Other Ernie, I Decided To Come Visit You On Here Today. May You Rest In Eternal Peace.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: May. 30, 2015

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- RoseN
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- Angel of Flowers
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- Margie
 Added: Apr. 15, 2015

- Roses♥~
 Added: Apr. 9, 2015
Thank you, Mr. Ford, for so many laughs and fond memories. You provided such beautiful and fun music to listen to, and I will never tire of listening to your voice - whether it's in song or as Cousin Ernie. I'm looking forward to singing with you in heaven. :)
- Briana
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015

- John P. Birosak
 Added: Mar. 18, 2015

- Guy Lemieux
 Added: Mar. 13, 2015
Ernie was such an influence on my life. He was a favorite of my mother, who played his albums at least once a day for years, consequently I grew to love him and when he was on TV I was glued to the set. I miss him and his voice so much. Thank goodness for CD's.
- Caroline Barrow
 Added: Mar. 8, 2015

- Bennett Turk
 Added: Mar. 7, 2015
Missed and remembered .Rest in peace .
- Bobbi Lindley
 Added: Mar. 5, 2015
Just listening to your singing on a TV program and I thought it was the deepest, richest voice I ever heard. You were gone too soon. You were loved and you are missed.
- Irisana
 Added: Mar. 1, 2015
A versatile, warm, witty, talented, funny man.
 Added: Feb. 18, 2015

- Martha
 Added: Feb. 13, 2015

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- Joyce
 Added: Feb. 13, 2015
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