Duke of Paducah

Date: 1984 July 27
Length: 106 min.
Call Number: OHC114


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 27
(1 hour, 46 minutes)
Country comedian Benjamin “Whitey” Ford, popularly known as the Duke of Paducah, talks about events and experiences that shaped his career. Discussion includes performers from the Grand Ole Opry; experiences as a traveling entertainer; working at folk music parks; his television appearances; his movie appearances; changes on the Grand Ole Opry; and the popularity of the Opry.