Duke of Paducah

Date: 1975 January 22
Length: 96 min.
Call Number: OH56


Country music performer and comedian. Born May 12, 1901. Died June 20, 1986. Real name: Benjamin Francis Ford. Later given the nickname “Whitey” for his blond hair. Acquired stage name, the Duke of Paducah, in the 1930s. Career active 1920s-1950s. Star of the Grand Ole Opry during the 1940s. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1975 January 22
(1 hour, 36 minutes)
Country comedian Benjamin “Whitey” Ford, popularly known as the Duke of Paducah, recalls highlights from his career. Discussion includes his start in music; his experiences as a traveling musician; his suit and shoes; working in Hollywood; working with John Lair; working on Plantation Party; his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry; memories from working with Gene Autry; and his business ventures.