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Free postage. Show only see all. He spent a lot of his time in his early years listening to country or western musicians, in person or on the radio. Ford began wandering around Bristol in his high school years, taking an interest in radio and began his radio career as an announcer at WOPI-AM in , being paid 10 dollars a week. In , the young bass-baritone left the station and went to study classical music at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
He returned for the announcing job in and did it from to in stations from Atlanta to Knoxville. He was assigned to host an early morning country music disc jockey program, Bar Nothin' Ranch Time. To differentiate himself, he created the personality of "Tennessee Ernie", a wild, madcap, exaggerated hillbilly. He also did musical tours.
Cliffie Stone, a part-time talent scout for Capitol Records , brought him to the attention of the label. In , while still doing his morning show, he signed a contract with Capitol.
RadiOzark produced minute episodes of The Tennessee Ernie Show on transcription disks for national radio syndication. He released almost 50 country singles through the early s, several of which made the charts. Many of his early records, including " The Shotgun Boogie " and "Blackberry Boogie", were exciting, driving boogie-woogie records featuring accompaniment by the Hometown Jamboree band which included Jimmy Bryant on lead guitar and pioneer pedal steel guitarist Speedy West.
Ford scored an unexpected hit on the pop charts in with his rendering of " Sixteen Tons ", a sparsely arranged coal-miner's lament. Merle Travis had first recorded it in It reflected experiences of the Travis family in the mines at Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Saint Peter , don't you call me, 'cause I can't go; I owe my soul to the company store With Ford's snapping fingers   and a unique clarinet-driven pop arrangement by Ford's music director, Jack Fascinato, "Sixteen Tons" spent ten weeks at number one on the country charts and seven weeks at number one on the pop charts.
The record sold over twenty million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Ford's last name allowed the show title to carry a unique double entendre by selling the naming rights to the Ford Motor Company Ford had no known relation to the Ford family that founded that company. The Ford Theatre , an anthology series also sponsored by the company, had run in the same time slot on NBC in the preceding — season.
Ford's program was notable for the inclusion of a religious song at the end of every show, a tradition he recalled during his days as a cast member on Cliffie Stone 's Hometown Jamboree live radio and TV show. Ford insisted on ending with a hymn on his own show despite objections from network officials and the ad agency representing Ford, who feared it might provoke controversy. Everyone relented after the hymns receiving overwhelmingly favorable viewer response.
The hymn became the most popular segment of his show. In he released Hymns , his first gospel music album, which remained on Billboard's Top Album charts for consecutive weeks; his album Great Gospel Songs won a Grammy Award in and was nominated for several others.
He also owned a cabin near Grandjean, Idaho , on the upper South Fork of the Payette River where he would regularly retreat.
He also became the spokesman for Martha White brand flour in Ford left Capitol Records in By that time the quality of his country albums had become uneven and none of his releases were selling well. He would never record for a major label again. Over the years, Ford was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , for radio , records , and television.
Out of the public eye, Ford and wife Betty contended with serious alcohol problems; Betty had the problem since the s as well as emotional issues that complicated both their lives and the lives of their sons. Though his drinking began to worsen in the 60s, he worked continuously, seemingly unaffected by his heavy intake of whiskey. By the s, however, it had begun to take an increasing toll on his health, appearance and ability to sing, though his problems were not known publicly.
After Betty committed suicide in because of prescription drug abuse, Ernie's liver problems, diagnosed years earlier, became more apparent, but he refused to reduce his drinking despite repeated doctors' warnings. His last interview was taped in September 23, by his long-time friend Dinah Shore for her TV show, and was later aired on December 4th of that year.
Ford received posthumous recognition for his gospel music contributions by adding him to the Gospel Music Association 's Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Ford was married to Betty Heminger from September 18, , until her death on February 26, Less than four months after Betty's death, Ford married again. On September 28, , he suffered severe liver failure at Dulles Airport , shortly after leaving a state dinner at the White House , hosted by then-President George H.Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sever Proti Jihu – – LP Vinyl Record. £ + £ postage. Make offer - Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sever Proti Jihu – – LP Vinyl Record. TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD - I Left My Heart In San Francisco MFP **LIKE NEW!! £ + £ postage.