Jones and Dean Kay (Hank
and Dean) balanced their time between
Ernie Ford's 5
day a week national daytime TV show, writing songs,
for RCA Victor,
making personal appearances across the nation and
their tenure on the show...and lived to tell the story.
The network show was
shot at ABC's KGO-TV in San Francisco.
auditioned for the
open "regular" spot. Hank and Dean got the gig.
Guests from the first
Russian cosmonaut, Yuir Gagarin, to Cousin Minnie Pearl made
show great fun and an
adventure every day. One day Bob Hope dropped by (upper right).
cast is pictured at
the lower right. Back row: Jim Lange (before The Dating Game),
Anita Gorden, Jack Fascinato
and Dean. Front row: Dick Noel, Ernie and Hank.
the Tennessee Ernie
Ford Show ended its run, ABC, needing the space,
the masters ...
Ever the collector, Hank swooped in and ‘pardoned' a few clips
the show which have pretty much been confined to a box in his garage since the early 60's.
escaped and found their way to YouTube.
The day Robert F. Kennedy visited the Ford Show - (See outro.)
Hank and Dean - IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS
Ford always closed
his shows with a hymn.
one, recorded in San
Francisco in 1962, features Ernie and cast regulars,
Noel, Hank Jones, Anita
Gordon and Dean Kay.
from the Hank Jones Collection]
Love To Tell The Story
before the Beatles
hit, Ernie Ford 's Gospel albums
sold the albums of all
other artists on Capitol Records.
and Dean, Anita Gordon
and Dick Noel were featured
this 1962 album cut in