Tennessee Ernie Ford

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 23, 2004

I saw a film of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Christmas program and he had his two small sons with him. Is either one of them a singer like their dad?

—Margaret C., Arizona

Son Jeffrey “Buck” Ford says he and his brother, Brion, both sang professionally over the years, but not anymore. “Brion performed for some time at Opryland (a music theme park in Nashville, Tenn.), and I performed on the road,” Buck Ford says. These days, he stays busy both as an actor and as managing director of Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises, a company dedicated to expanding the awareness of the his father’s career. Buck’s most recent picture, 1999’s Pirates of the Plain, was filmed entirely in South Africa. Buck lives in Nashville, and Brion, who lives in White House, Tenn. (pop. 7,220), is a consultant to the company. Their father, born Ernest Jennings Ford on Feb. 13, 1919, in Bristol, Tenn. (pop. 24,821), died in 1991 at the age of 72. Ford sold more than 60 million records worldwide and earned three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one each for radio, television, and recording. For more information, log on to www.ErnieFord.com.