Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone...Wikipedia
Age: 72 (age at death)
Born: 13th February, 1919, Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Died: 17th October, 1991, Reston, Virginia, USA
Height: 6' 1" (185 cm)
Claim to Fame: 16 Tons
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"Bless your little pea-pickin` hearts."
Lucy Carter, a widow with two teen children, takes a job as a secretary for her stuffy brother-in-law.
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.
While it never affected his professional work, nor was it ever publicized (for fear of how it would impact his career), Ford battled all his life with a drinking problem, something which ultimately undermined his health. In October, 1991, he collapsed after leaving a White House dinner and died at an area hospital a few days later, exactly one year to the day after being elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.