Inductees Archive

Tennessee Ernie Ford

The first president of the Gospel Music Association elected in 1964, Ernie lent his name and visibility worldwide in the formative years of G.M.A. He is a performer with many awards and #1 national secular chart hits. A recording artist, former radio disc jockey in Bristol Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia, television personality and popular entertainer. The closing spot on his nationally programed TV show for years was a gospel song, bringing a large audience to the gospel. He served as a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame Advisory Committee. Continuing his varied business interest and recording gospel music, he resides near San Francisco, California.



Bristol, TN



Host of a variety show called The Ford Show


Significant Songs

“Sixteen Tons”