Cliffie Stone Archives
(L to R): Cliffie Stone and Ernie Ford mugging and clowning around in another one of their publicity photos for Capitol Records. Ernie’s oldest son, Jeffrey ‘Buck’ Ford, said of Cliffie: “If Cliffie believed in you, you not only had his backing, but his loyalty and friendship – usually sealed with nothing more than a handshake and his word. If it hadn’t been for his handshake, friendship and the spotlight that he gave to my Dad, the world would never have heard the name Tennessee Ernie Ford.”

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