Duke of Paducah

Date: 1984 July 19
Length: 145 min.
Call Number: OHC111


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

1984 July 19
(2 hours, 25 minutes)
Country comedian Benjamin “Whitey” Ford, popularly known as the Duke of Paducah, talks about moments from his long, colorful career as a country entertainer. Discussion includes Plantation Party; working with Brown Radio Productions; memories from working at the Grand Ole Opry; his ordination as a Unity minister; his script writing; and experiences as a traveling entertainer.