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Tennessee Ernie Ford

"Ernest Jennings Ford" (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known by the stage name "Tennessee Ernie Ford", was a pioneering U.S. recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country & western, pop, and gospel musical genres.

Born in Bristol, Tennessee, Ford began his radio career as an announcer at station WOPI in Bristol, leaving in 1939 to study classical music and voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. 1st Lieut. Ford served in World War II as the bombardier on a B-29 Superfortress flying missions over Japan. After the war, Ford worked at radio stations in San Bernardino and Pasadena, Calif. before signing a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1949 when he became a local TV star over Cliffie Stone's popular Southern California "Hometown Jamboree" TV show. He released almost 50 country singles through the early 1950s, several of which made the charts. Many of his early records, including "The Shot Gun Boogie," "Blackberry Boogie," and so on were exciting, driving boogie-woogie records featuring exciting accompaniment by the Hometown Jamboree band which included Jimmy Bryant on lead guitar and pioneer pedal steel guitarist Sp...

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