Duke of Paducah

Date: 1984 July 25
Length: 136 min.
Call Number: OHC113


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 25
(2 hours, 16 minutes)
Country comedian Benjamin “Whitey” Ford, popularly known as the Duke of Paducah, describes events from his entertainment career. Discussion includes memories of different performers he worked with; working with different audiences; experiences as a traveling entertainer; experiences working on radio; working with comedy writers; his comedy style; and his joke library.