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Bob Ferguson

Robert Bruce "Bob" Ferguson Sr (December 30, 1927July 22, 2001) was an American songwriter, record producer, and historian. Image File history File linksMetadata BobFerguson. ... Image File history File linksMetadata BobFerguson. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A historian is an individual who studies history and who writes on history. ...


He wrote the songs "On the Wings of a Dove" and "Carroll County Accident." The "Carroll County Accident" won the Country Music Association Song of the Year in 1969. In 1983, "Wings of a Dove" was featured in the movie Tender Mercies starring Robert Duvall. In 1987, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) awarded Ferguson with the "million air" plays for the "Wings of a Dove." For the country song, see Bob Ferguson Wings of a Dove (also known as Wings of a Dove (A Celebratory Song)) is a song by Madness. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Tender Mercies is a 1983 film which tells the story of an alcoholic country music singer whose friendship with a young widow and her son helps to turn his life and his career around. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ...


The country song "Carroll County Accident," a hit for and now one of the signature songs of Porter Wagoner, was written when Ferguson passed through Carroll County when driving from Nashville to a concert for the Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Miss., according to an interview Ferguson granted with Steve Eng for the Wagoner biography "A Satisfied Mind." He recounted that he passed a sign for Carroll County in Tennessee, which inspired the song's title, and when he saw a sign for Carroll County in Mississippi, he considered it an omen that he should write it. Wagoner took the song to No. 2 on the Billboard country singles chart (No. 92 pop) and No. 1 on the Cash Box country singles chart. The tune was also recorded by Wagoner's longtime duet partner Dolly Parton.


For a short time, Ferguson worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager. Colonel Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk on June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997), was an American/Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


He served in the U.S. Army and the United States Marine Corps. While Ferguson was in the USMC, he was posted to MCRD San Diego as a drill instructor. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is a United States military installation in San Diego, California. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


After the military, he attended Washington State University where he got a degree in speech. For a time, he was Ferlin Husky's manager. Ferguson produced records for Chet Atkins, Porter Wagoner, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, and many others. Ferguson's alter stage ego was Eli Possumtrot. Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... Ferlin Husky (born December 3, 1925 in Flat River, Missouri) is an American singer who has become well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... The Porter Wagoner Show, RCA, 1963 Porter Wagoner (born August 12, 1927, in Howell County, Missouri, in the Ozark Mountains) is an American country music singer. ... Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi) is a former Negro League baseball player who became one of the very few African Americans to have a successful career in modern country music. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated American country singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist. ...

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Biography

Bob Ferguson was born in Willow Springs, Missouri, the third child of John Carl and Mary Willie BOLES Ferguson. 7Willow Springs is a city in Howell County, Missouri, United States. ...


While in high school, Ferguson was a typesetter at the local newspaper, a Fire Tower Lookout for the U.S. Forest Service and a member of the Missouri State Guard during World War II. After graduating from high school in 1945, he entered the U.S. Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant and served as a radioman for two winters in Alaska on Task Force Frigid testing military equipment under Arctic condition. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


After discharge from the Army, Ferguson went out West and worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a fire tower lookout and trail crew boss and as a laborer in the wheat fields. While working as a typesetter for the newspaper in Moses Lake, WA, he led the Boy Scout Troop from that city to the Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, PA, in 1950. Moses Lake is a city located in Grant County, Washington. ...


Ferguson then entered Washington State College, Pullman. WA, and secured his BS in Speech, specializing in Radio and Television Production. While in college, he joined a U.S. Marine Reserve Unit and was called to duty during the Korean War. He served as a Cpl. in the 3rd Division as a Recruit Company Commander and Producer of Marine training motion pictures. Washington State University Bryan clock tower Washington State University (also referred to as WSU or Wazzu) is a public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... Pullman is a city in Whitman County, Washington, United States. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...


Tennessee Game and Fish Commission

He then became the Motion Picture Producer for the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission. In 1960, the North American Wildlife Conservation Association named his production, "The World Outdoors" the "Best Motion Picture of the Year." "The World Outdoors," most notably "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," influenced many wildlife television shows. Mutual of Omahas Wild Kingdom, or simply Wild Kingdom was an American television show that featured wildlife and nature. ...


Nashville Music Producer

Bob Ferguson and Dolly Parton at a RCA Records contract signing.
Bob Ferguson and Dolly Parton at a RCA Records contract signing.

After graduation from college, Ferguson moved to Nashville, TN, as manager for country music singer Ferlin Husky. In 1958, he wrote his first multi-million seller song, "Wings of A Dove", which was first recorded by Ferlin and has since been recorded by many artists and in many languages around the world. In 1987, "Wings of a Dove" received BMI's "One million airplays" Award. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Ferlin Husky (born December 3, 1925 in Flat River, Missouri) is an American singer who has become well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Ferguson then returned to Nashville as a Senior Producer with RCA Music Corporation and served as assistant to Chet Atkins and served in that position until his retirement. While there, he produced records for Atkins, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Connie Smith, Floyd Cramer, Danny Davis, The Browns, Helen Cornelius, Lester Flatt, Homer and Jethro, Charlie Pride and many others. With Atkins, he played a major role in the development of what was to become known as the Nashville Sound and elevated Nashville as the country music capital of the world. He also played a major role in developing the Country Music Association. RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


He performed infrequently in his comedy role as Grandpappy Possumtrot, a name that he took from a crossroad community near his home in the Ozarks. In that role, he recorded his own song, "Eli's Blue", a lament about a man who accidentally shot his own coonhound. In that role he also performed with Ferlin Huskey, playing his Simon Crum character, in "The Good Old Days", a motion picture produced by the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission. The Saint Francois Mountains, viewed here from Knob Lick Mountain, are the geologic heart of the Ozarks. ...


He wrote several other songs including another million seller, "Carroll County Accident" which was first recorded by Porter Waggoner and for which he received a Country Music Award for the "Song of the Year" for 1969. His first successful single was with the Avons. He temporarily served as an assistant to Elvis' manager.


Books

Ferguson was the Author of two books with Jesse Burt as Co-Author; "So You Want to be in Music" and "Southeastern Indians - Then and Now".


Anthropology

While working at RCA, he secured his Master's Degree in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. He served as volunteer Project Director and President of Southeastern Indian Antiquities Survey and in that role oversaw the recovery and preservation of remains and artifacts unearthed during construction in the Nashville area. One startling discovery was the first remains of a saber-toothed tiger found east of the Mississippi River during construction of the First American Bank building in downtown Nashville. On September 25, 1997, twenty-six years after the find, the newly found hockey team, the Nashville Predators, presented the head of a saber-toothed tiger as their logo. Anthropology (from Greek: ἀνθρωπος, anthropos, human being; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the study of humanity. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Species Smilodon californicus Smilodon fatalis Smilodon gracilis Smilodon populator The large extinct cats known as smilodon lived approximately 3 million-10,000 years ago in North America and South America. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

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Bob Ferguson giving a presentation about the Armstrong role created shortly after the signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit.

After his retirement from RCA, Ferguson served as Historian and Audio-Visual Producer for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In that role, he also helped develop the Museum of the Southern Indian (Choctaw Museum) in 1981. In 1983, he created the foundation for Choctaw Video Productions and created numerous tribal productions. In 1987, he established WHTV as local cable service for Pearl River/Philadelphia (MS). He retired from that position in 1998 and was awarded Tribal Historian Emeritus. He also established the tribe's organic gardening program. For other uses, see Choctaw (disambiguation). ...


Ferguson was the recipient of many awards and recognitions during his multiple careers. He was also a member of Mensa, the high I.Q. society. Mensa is the largest, oldest, and best-known high-IQ society in the world. ...


He is survived by his wife, Martha Jean Ferguson (Lewis), four children, Robert Bruce "Rob" Ferguson Jr. of Hope, MS, John Marshall Ferguson of Philadelphia, MS, Mary Lorena Ferguson (Harrison) of Choctaw, MS and Missouri Ann Ferguson (Brown) of Hugo, Oklahoma, six grandchildren, two brothers, A. Claude Ferguson (died 2006) of Bedford, Indiana, and Paul Eugene Ferguson of Amarillo, Texas. His parents and one brother, John Carl Ferguson, Jr., preceded him in death.


Robert Bruce "Bob" Ferguson Sr. died Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 1:05 a.m. in the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Cause of death is attributed to Cancer. He is buried at Phillip's Cemetery in rural Neshoba County near Philadelphia, MS. He was 73. Nickname: Coordinates: Country United States State Mississippi County Hinds Founded 1822 Government  - Mayor Frank Melton Area  - City  106. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Neshoba County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ... Philadelphia is a city located in Neshoba County, Mississippi. ...


Albums Produced

Just Between You And Me - Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Just Between You and Me was Porter Wagoner and Dolly Partons first duet album, released in late 1967, shortly after Parton joined Wagoners band and became a regular on his weekly television show. ...


Jolene (album) - Dolly Parton Jolene is a 1974 Dolly Parton album, produced by Bob Ferguson. ...


The Open Mind of John D. Loudermilk - John D. Loudermilk


My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner - Porter Wagoner


Coast Country - George Hamilton IV


Jerry Reed explores guitar country - Jerry Reed


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