Ford, Tennessee Ernie at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. country-music singer. Born in Bristol, Tenn., he studied music in Cincinnati. After World War II he worked in radio in the Los Angeles area and soon signed a recording contract with Capitol. His "Mule Train" and "Shot Gun Boogie" had made him famous by 1951. He became a staple on the Grand Ole Opry and had many crossover hits, incl. "Sixteen Tons" and "Ballad of Davy Crockett." He later concentrated on gospel music; his 1957 album Hymns enjoyed great success. He continued recording into the 1970s.