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Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919–1991)

Tennessee Ernie Fords lifetime: Thursday, February 13th, 1919 to Thursday, October 17th, 1991, was 26,544 days, equaling 3,792 weeks exactly. Composer, singer and author, educated at the Cincinnati Conservatory. He appeared at the London Palladium, and made many records. He also owned a cattle ranch in California. Joining ASCAP in 1958, his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show Himself - Host / Himself / Escamillio / Koko / Narrator / Sir Joseph Porter
On the Road Soundtrack
Carrie Soundtrack
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 2018 Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pleasure vs Duty (2018) ... (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2016 The Subtle Art of Crafting a Believable Story (Video short) (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2016 Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Documentary) (performer: "Sixteen Tons" written by nm0871419)
 2015 Beaver Trilogy Part IV (Documentary) (performer: "The Cry of the Wild Goose" written by nm0318601)
 2013 Carrie (performer: "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning", "His Amazing Grace")
 2013 The Unknown Known (Documentary) (performer: "White Christmas")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "Anticipation Blues") / (writer: "Anticipation Blues")
 2011 Chuck (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible (2011) ... (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2010 The Laundromat (Short) (performer: "Pennies from Heaven")
  Fringe (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Johari Window (2010) ... (performer: "Freight Train Blues" - uncredited) / (writer: "Freight Train Blues" - uncredited)
 2009 Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Seven Twenty Three (2009) ... (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2008/I W. (writer: "Shotgun Boogie" - as Ernest J. Ford)
 2006 Unaccompanied Minors (performer: "Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus")
 2006 Best of Country Live! (Video) (performer: "Shotgun Boogie") / (writer: "Shotgun Boogie")
 2006 Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs) (performer: "Onward, Christian Soldiers")
 2006 Wild Seven (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 2002 Door to Door (TV Movie) (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Bart Gets an Elephant (1994) ... (performer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1992 Black Hearts Bleed Red (Short) (writer: "Shotgun Boogie" - as Ernest J. Ford)
 1989 Ghosts of the Sky (Video documentary short) (performer: "Ghost Squadron")
 1989 Rising Storm (performer: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus")
 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 1984 Arena (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1984) ... (performer: "Rattlesnake Daddy" - uncredited)
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.24 ... (performer: "I Believe")
 1970 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.6 (1970) ... (performer: "I'll Have a New Life")
 1966 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.15 (1966) ... (performer: "Sixteen Tons", "John Henry", "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" - uncredited)
 1965 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lainie Kazan (1965) ... (performer: "The Work Song", "Today", "Bless This House", "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You")
 1961 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1961) ... (performer: "John Henry", "Sweet Georgia Brown" - uncredited)
  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (performer - 186 episodes, 1956 - 1961) (writer - 8 episodes, 1957 - 1959)
- Ernie and the Top Twenty (1961) ... (performer: "I Almost Lost My Mind", "The Old Rugged Cross", "Eternal Life" (aka "Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace"), "Great Gettin' Up Morning" - uncredited)
- Joe Flynn, Anita Bryant and the United States Marine Corps Drill Team (1961) ... (performer: "Drill Team", "Stout-Hearted Men", "Marching Along Together", "Marine's Hymn" - uncredited)
- Hoagy Carmichael (1961) ... (performer: "Old Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind", "Lazy Bones", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", "Gonna Shout All Over God's Heaven" - uncredited)
- Gary Player (1961) ... (performer: "Hello, Mary Lou" (uncredited), "Straight Down the Middle" (uncredited), "Wayfaring Pilgrim")
- Tab Hunter (1961) ... (performer: "June Is Bustin' Out All Over", "In the Good Old Summertime" (uncredited), "June Night" (uncredited), "My Jesus, As Thou Wilt" (uncredited))
 1959 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tennesee Ernie Stays for Dinner (1959) ... (performer: "Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed", "The Riddle Song (I Gave My Love A Cherry)" - uncredited)
 1957 The Lonely Man (performer: "The Lonely Man")
 1954 Corral Cuties (Short) (performer: "Don't Start Courtin' in a Hotrod", "Bright Lights and Blond Haired Women")
 1954 River of No Return (performer: "River of No Return" - uncredited)
 1951 Man in the Saddle (performer: "Man in the Saddle" - uncredited)
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Show Show Self (64 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (11 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

(1970s) Spokesman for the Pontiac Furniture Co. in Pontiac, IL. See more »

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1 Print Biography | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Tennessee Ernie


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

Bless your little pea-pickin' hearts.


Used 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. See more »


Deep south country accent & slang terminolgist

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