The singer turns 75 on January 19th.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1998.
Billboard's "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" chart was the first chart ever to track a song's popularity by radio airplay--making Tennessee Ernie Ford's song the first EVER #1 radio hit.
He passed away on March 9, 2005 at the age of 56.
The late singer would have turned 97 on September 17th.