Press Release
Tennessee Ernie Ford Special Performances

Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO-TV/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735

July 25, 2014
For Immediate Release

Classic Tennessee Ernie Ford Performances Featured in New Music Special

Tennessee Ernie Ford has remained one of the most popular and beloved entertainers America and the world has ever known. Through an unparalleled career in radio, records, and television, he left an incredible legacy through his accomplishments, awards, and honors. 

In a new music special from Gaither Music, Tennessee Ernie Ford: Amazing Grace is a compilation of some of his most popular performances from “The Ford Show,” the Emmy-nominated primetime variety program he hosted from 1956-1961. It premieres Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

His first gospel album, 1956’s “Hymns,” became the first religious album to go gold and is still #10 on Billboard Charts’ “Most Weeks Charting” at 277 weeks.  His second gospel album “Great Gospel Songs” with The Jordanaires earned him a Grammy. His 1963 gospel album “We Gather Together” with the San Quentin Prison Choir was the first recording ever recorded at the prison

This performance special features twenty-one treasured hymns, including “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Rock of Ages,” “Precious Memories,” and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

These classic hymns rocked the entertainment world and, to this day, continue to bring an enduring sense of hope to the hearts of people throughout the world.

Tennessee Ernie Ford: Amazing Grace is produced by Gaither Television Productions – the same people who brought public television viewers He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, ELVIS LIVES: The 25th Anniversary Concert, and The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash. It is being distributed nationally to public television stations by WKNO/Memphis through NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association).

Tennessee Ernie Ford: Amazing Grace airs Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel 910.

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