Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Feb 13, 1919

Death Date

October 17, 1991

Age of Death

72 years

Cause of Death

Liver Failure


Country Singer

The country singer Tennessee Ernie died at the age of 72. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Singer in pop, gospel, and Western genres who released the hit single “Sixteen Tons” in 1955. He has three Hollywood Walk of Fame stars because of his contributions to radio, television, and records.

He married Betty Heminger on September 18, 1942 and he remarried to Beverly Wood on June 11, 1989. He had two sons named Jeffrey and Brion.



“When you do a show five days a week and one night a week, the way I was doing, you use up so much music every day that pretty soon you find yourself hustling for material.” (Tennessee Ernie Ford)


“You can keep rummaging around until you find a song you like, but you can’t predict whether it’ll hit or not.” (Tennessee Ernie Ford)


“Sixteen Tons was written eight years before I recorded it.” (Tennessee Ernie Ford)


“I snapped my fingers all through it. Sometimes I set my own tempo during rehearsal by doing that.” (Tennessee Ernie Ford)