Duke of Paducah

Date: 1984 August 01
Length: 96 min.
Call Number: OHC116


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 August 1
(1 hour, 36 minutes)
Country comedian Benjamin “Whitey” Ford, popularly known as the Duke of Paducah, discusses moments from his career. Discussion includes memories from publicity photos; memories from his performances; performers he worked with through the years; his theme song; selling his joke library to the producers of Hee Haw; his membership in the Shriners; the tradition of American humor; and his move from Dixieland to Vaudeville.