Duke of Paducah

Date: 1984 July 31
Length: 146 min.
Call Number: OHC115


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 31
(2 hours, 26 minutes)
Country comedian Benjamin “Whitey” Ford, popularly known as the Duke of Paducah, recalls entertainment personalities he worked with through the years. Discussion includes personalities from the Grand Ole Opry; experiences as a traveling entertainer; performers from Plantation Party and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance; and memories from different publicity photographs.