My wife Emily and I had the best Valentine’s Day we can recall for a long time when we visited the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Brist…
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I admit I have a bit of a soft spot for the late Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol’s most famous son. He was one of my favorite interviews when I …
Feb. 10 would have been my daddy’s birthday. He would have been 117 years old. Three days later would have been Ernest Jennings Ford’s 100th.
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s career-defining song — for fans from casual to adamant — is the megahit “Sixteen Tons,” but how he came to sing it represents one of the most interesting twists in his remarkable career.
A phone call received almost 50 years ago by Bristol, Tennessee, native Tennessee Ernie Ford led to the arrest of a conman who took on eight aliases to steal, or attempt to steal, money from prominent figures, including pro golfers.
His legacy for most may live in the song “Sixteen Tons,” or perhaps in a gospel hymn, but to Ted Olson, Tennessee Ernie Ford was “a master of the American song book” and a pioneering figure.
Tennessee Ernie Ford, as he came to be known, was an ordinary man but his overwhelming success later led to his downfall.
A small, permanent exhibit about Tennessee Ernie Ford came with the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Aug. 1, 2014, and no matter the size — patrons know who the Bristol, Tennessee, native is.
Tennessee Ernie Ford. Ernest Jennings Ford. Cousin Ernie. However you choose to remember Bristol’s beloved Grammy Award-winning country legend, the crooner is an unforgettable figure in our local and country music history.