Up 19,284 this week

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 »

'Black Panther' Star Winston Duke on Wakanda's Warriors

Winston Duke reveals the tradition behind his devastating fighting style in Black Panther and reflects on Ryan Coogler's unique directing style.

Watch now

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Prime Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1116 people
created 2 weeks ago
a list of 151 people
created 24 Sep 2016
a list of 3743 people
created 02 Nov 2013
a list of 134 people
created 08 Oct 2015
a list of 13 people
created 11 Apr 2014

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Tennessee Ernie Ford's work have you seen?

User Polls

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

Known For

The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show Himself - Host / Himself / Escamillio / Koko / Narrator / Sir Joseph Porter
On the Road
On the Road Soundtrack
Carrie Soundtrack
W. Soundtrack


Hide Hide Show Show Soundtrack (33 credits)
 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")
  Fringe (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Johari Window (2010) ... (performer: "Freight Train Blues" - uncredited) / (writer: "Freight Train Blues" - uncredited)
 2010 The Laundromat (Short) (performer: "Pennies from Heaven")
 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 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 Arena (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1984) ... (performer: "Rattlesnake Daddy" - uncredited)
 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (performer: "Sixteen Tons")
 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)
- Episode #3.10 (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 Make Room for Daddy (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)
Show Show Actor (13 credits)
Show Show Self (59 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "{Back Where I Belong" (Applause Records, APLP1012). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Official Sites:

Alternate Names:

Tennessee Ernie


5' 10" (1.78 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Bless your little pea-pickin' hearts.


He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1600 Vine Street, for Recording at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard, and for Television at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »


Deep south country accent & slang terminolgist

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page