Song of the Day: Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Shenandoah”

Bless his pea-pickin’ heart, country and Western, pop and gospel singer and TV show host Tennessee Ernie Ford would be 102 today. "Shenandoah" (also known as "Oh Shenandoah" or "Across The Wide Missouri") is a traditional folk song dating to the early 19th century. There are many sets of lyrics to the song, and by the mid-19th century it was being sung as a sea shanty.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Shenandoah”

  1. There has never been a voice quite like Tennessee Ernie’s and of course growing up where I did, the song is one we sang a lot. I wrote about Tennessee Ernie and the distant ties to my grandmother just a few weeks ago.


  2. To be honest I have never heard of Tennessee Ernie Ford, and after listening to his voice, I will be looking for more of hs songs. My parents are of this era and would enjoy his style. Is it similar to Howard Keel, as they like his music?


    1. A little more country than Howard, who I generally associate with the musicals he was in. Your parents might have watched his show in the ’50’s and ’60’s… He’s best known for “Sixteen Tons,” and he did a lot of gospel as well.


  3. Hi John – thanks for this … love his voice and the song … old fashioned, but just what we need at this time … slow and peaceful … all the best – Hilary


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