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Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tennessee Ernie Ford

WROL Studios

 

— Cradle of Country Music Tour —

 
Tennessee Ernie Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
1. Tennessee Ernie Ford Marker
Inscription.  While hosting the WROL studios in the late 1940s and 1950s, this building served as the center of a new movement in country music - bluegrass. The legendary duo Flatt and Scruggs used WROL as their home base for radio performances and touring. The Osborne Brothers, Cope Brothers, and other bluegrass pioneers performed regularly at WROL.

On December 7, 1941, a disc jockey from Bristol, Tennessee, working here at the studios of WROL, was among the first to bring the news of the Pearl Harbor bombing to East Tennessee. The disk jockey, Ernest Jennings Ford, would become one of the most successful country and pop music stars of all time while performing under the name “Tennessee” Ernie Ford. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWar, World II.
 
Location. 35° 57.863′ N, 83° 55.074′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of South Gay Street and Clinch Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Gay
Tennessee Ernie Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
2. Tennessee Ernie Ford Marker
Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 531 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Christopher Krutch (here, next to this marker); Gay Street (a few steps from this marker); Site of Blount College (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Everly Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Catherine Wiley (within shouting distance of this marker); Knoxville's Old Custom House / Fiddlin' Bob Taylor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cowan, McClung and Company Building / Fidelity Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tennessee Ernie Ford. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Rediscovering a Bristol Icon. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Tennessee Ernie Ford. Article on Country Music Hall of Fame website. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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