Born in Bristol, Tennessee, Ernest (Ernie) Ford became better known within the Gospel, Country, and Pop genres as Tennessee Ernie Ford. His impression was of a simple, gentle man. But don't let that fool you. He was brilliant as a musician, accomplished as a singer, TV star, and quite simply a great American.
And, he was a Southern boy. Even better.
Here's a classic moment from his television show. Look how well he handled the little boy to his right who ... um ... stole the show!