Long-time Neshoba County resident Bob Ferguson (1927-2001) was a key shaper of the “Nashville Sound” of the 1960s and ‘70s, as the producer of hundreds of major recordings and writer of such classic country songs as “Wings of a Dove” and “Carroll County Accident.” Also a naturalist, filmmaker, and anthropologist, his documentation and advocacy of Southeastern Native American culture, particularly for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, were historic contributions.
Bob Ferguson Born in the Missouri Ozarks town of Willow Springs on December 30, 1927, Robert Bruce Ferguson’s interest in writing, the outdoor life, and country music were all demonstrated when he was in high school, when he worked as a typesetter for the local newspaper, as a fire tower lookout for the U.S. Forest Service, and took up the guitar. Bob served as a radioman in the U.S. Army during World War II, testing equipment in Alaska’s arctic cold. After the war, Ferguson attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, graduating with a major in radio and television production
His Music Row country music career began at the same time, first as manger of such country artists as Ferlin Husky and Ray Price, and as an independent music publisher, then as a senior record producer at RCA Victor Records, under Chet Atkins. From 1963 to 1978, Ferguson played a major role in producing and developing the modernizing Nashville Sound, as the key producer of records by Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Connie Smith, and over fifty other recording artists. As a songwriter, he composed two all-time country music standards, “Wings of a Dove,” a major hit for Ferlin Husky in 1960, and “Carroll Country Accident,” a No. 1 song and Country Music Association Song of the Year in 1969, as recorded by Porter Wagoner.
He conceived “Carroll County” while passing through counties by that name in Tennessee and Mississippi on his way here to stage an all-star country music show for the Mississippi
Erected 2012 by Mississippi Country Music Trail. (Marker Number 17.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Country Music Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 46.955′ N, 89° 13.345′ W. Marker is in Choctaw, Mississippi, in Neshoba County. Marker is on Industrial Road 0.1 miles east of High School Circle, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Industrial Road, Philadelphia MS 39350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Neshoba County Fairgrounds (approx. 4.7 miles away); Neshoba County Fair© (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Neshoba County Fair Pavilion (approx. 4.8 miles away); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 6.1 miles away); Marty Gamblin (approx. 6˝ miles away); Marty Stuart (approx. 6˝ miles away); Old Neshoba County Jail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Neshoba County Confederate Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Located on the Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians, Pearl River Reservation.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Bob Ferguson. (Submitted on October 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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