Ernest B. Ford Papers, 1937-1977 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Ernest B. Ford Papers, 1937-1977Add to your cart.

ID: A/59

Primary Creator: Ford, Ernest B. (Ernest Bevil) (1916-1991)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Consists of 95 items arranged in 16 folders and 2 boxes.

Subjects: Ford, Ernest B. (Ernest Bevil), 1916-1991 -- Manuscripts, Lyricists, Sheet music, Stephen F. Austin State University -- Alumni and alumnae

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes manuscripts and published sheet music, correspondence, biographical materials, and manuscripts of two novels written by Ford.

Collection Historical Note

Ernest B. Ford was born in D'Lo, Mississippi on February 23, 1916. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1938. A lyricist, he collaborated on more than two hundred songs with many different composers. Among Ford's co-writers represented in this collection are Geoffrey O'Hara, J. Rosamond Johnson, Billy Mills, and Doc Bechtel. Ford retired in 1981 after serving 34 years as an advertising executive with the Houston Chronicle. Ford also owned Gulf Coast Music (publishing company). On April 16, 1991, Ford died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was buried in Houston at Forest Park Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary. "Ernest B. Ford." Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. 19 April 1991: A2.

Subject/Index Terms

Ford, Ernest B. (Ernest Bevil), 1916-1991 -- Manuscripts
Lyricists
Sheet music
Stephen F. Austin State University -- Alumni and alumnae

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Acquisition Method: Gift


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1947-1964Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ernest B. Ford, Houston, to Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches. 1 p., 8/18/1947Add to your cart.
Item 2: Enclosure: Biographical information on J. Rosamond Johnson and FordAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches, to Ernest B. Ford, Houston. 1 p., 8/21/1947Add to your cart.
Item 4: Ernest B. Ford, Houston, to Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches. 1 p., 1/5/1952Add to your cart.
Item 5: Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches, to Ernie Ford, Houston. Carbon. 1 p., 1/8/1952Add to your cart.
Item 6: Ernest B. Ford, Houston, to Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches. 1 p., 4/4/1963Add to your cart.
Item 7: Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches, to Ernest, Houston. Carbon. 1 p., 4/19/1963Add to your cart.
Item 8: Ernest B. Ford, Houston, to Mildred, Nacogdoches. 1 p., 4/24/1963Add to your cart.
Item 9: Mildred Wyatt, Nacogdoches, to Ernest, Houston. Carbon. 1 p., 12/18/1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical Materials, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Item 1: "This Week at SFA." [Ford and O'Hara.] Printed. 4 p., 4/12/1963 - 4/21/1963Add to your cart.
Item 2: "This Week at SFA." [Ford.] Printed. 6 p., 5/3/1963 - 5/12/1963Add to your cart.
Item 3: News release for The Pine Log. [Ford and O'Hara.] Typescript, c.1963Add to your cart.
Item 4: Biographies for Ernest B. Ford, J. Rosamond Johnson, Billy Mills, and Geoffrey O'Hara from American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Biographical Dictionary, 3rd ed. Photocopies. 6 p., 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1939-1951Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Beautiful Eyes." Composed by Jose Melis. 1 p. Photocopy, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Come Back to Me." Composed by David De Vere. 2 p. Handwritten and typed, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 3: "A Crescent Moon (and a Powder Blue Sky)." Composed by Bert Reisfeld. 1 p. Photocopy, 1947Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Cutie of the College." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Daddy Brings Home the Bacon (and Mama's Cotta Fry It)." Composed by Russ Hull. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Daddy Don't 'Low No Foolin' 'Round." Composed by Russ Hull. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Dear Diary." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Dream No More." Composed by Al Wiggins. 2 p. Photocopy, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Fool That I Am." Composed by Bernard Peradotto. 4 p. Photocopy, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 10: "From Dusk Till Dawn." Composed by Lew Mel, arrangement by Harold Potter. 3 p. Handwritten and typed, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1939-1952Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" Composed by Doc Bechtel. 3 p. Handwritten and typed, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Give Me A Rod, A Reel (A Boat and a Creel)." Composed by J. Rosamond Johnson. 6 p. Handwritten, 1947Add to your cart.
Item 3: Introduction to the above song. 1 p. Handwritten, 1947Add to your cart.
Item 4: Sheet music of above. 4 p. Printed, 1947Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Have You Met My Pet?" (Same as "Yvette"). Composed by Sharon Pease. 2 p. Typed, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Hum, Mister Humming Bird." Composed by Jack Betzner. 1 p. Handwritten, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 7: "I Broke My Dreams." Composed by Ernest B. Ford. 1 p. Handwritten, 1952Add to your cart.
Item 8: "I Can't Remember Faces." Composed by John Schonberger. 2 p. Handwritten and typed, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 9: "I Found a Bit of Heaven." Composed by Jack Rogers and Doc Bechtel. 2 p. Handwritten and typed, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 10: "I Have My Dreams." Composed by Ernest B. Ford, 1939. 1 p. Handwritten, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1939-1972Add to your cart.
Item 1: "I Just Have To Tell You." Composed by Doc Bechtel, 1940. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 2: "I Won't Take 'No' for an Answer." Composed by Jack Glogau. 2 copies, 1 p. each. Handwritten, 1953Add to your cart.
Item 3: "I'll Never Get Tired of Texas." Composed by Frank Ryerson. 2 p. Handwritten, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 4: "I'm Shuffling a New Pack of Dreams." Composed by Jack Meakin. 2 p. Photocopy, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 5: "I'm Shuffling an Old Pack of Dreams." Composed by Marcy Klauber and Jack Meakin. 2 p. Handwritten, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 6: "I've Been Living in Heaven." Composed by Jack Rogers. 1 p. Handwritten, 1938Add to your cart.
Item 7: "La Criadita." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Let's Hit the Trail Together." Composed by Billy Haid. 2 p. Handwritten, 1953Add to your cart.
Item 9: "The Little Brass Band from my Home Town." Composed by Brandy Pasco and Andy Toce. 1 p. Typed, c.1945Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1940-1952Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Little Refugee." Composed by Norman Kelly. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1952Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Lovin' on a Shoestring." Composed by Gerald "Doe" Bechtel, arranged by Art McKay. 2 p. Handwritten, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 3: "My Dreams." Composed by Les Caldwell. 4 p. Handwritten, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 4: "My Heart and I Agree!" Composed by L. A. Jolly. 1 p. Handwritten, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 5: "My Itty Bitty Kitty." Composed by J. Betzner. 1 p. Handwritten, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 6: "My Sweet Cuddly Cutie." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 3 p. Handwritten, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Oh Me!" Composed by Ronnie Bonner. 3 p. Handwritten and typed, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Please Return My Heart." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Please Ring Her Number Again." (Same as "Please Ring That Number Again.") Composed by Al Grant Goodman. 2 p. Handwritten, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Please Ring Her Number Again." (Same as "Please Ring That Number Again.") Composed by Al Grant Goodman. 2 p. Handwritten, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1939-1963Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Poor Heart." Adapted by Ernest B. Ford from the song "There is a Tavern in the Town." 1 p. Handwritten, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, photocopy, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 4 p. Handwritten, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 3 p. Printed, sheet music, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 3 p. Photocopy, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 2 p. Printed, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Pray." Composed by Geoffrey O'Hara. 2 p. Typed, photocopy, c.1958, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Scouts of America." Composed by Al Wiggins. 2 p. Handwritten, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Smoke Across the Moon." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1937-1977Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Soundtrack." (Same as "Thirteen.") Composed by Bob Miketta. 1 p. Typed, photocopy, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Sourpuss." Composed by G. E. Lineken. 2 p. Handwritten and typed, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Sweet and Lovely Forever." Composed by Paul Haney. 2 p. Photocopy, 1937Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Sweet Lips (Kiss My Blues Away)." Composed by Harry Tobias and Roy Ingraham. 2 p. Handwritten, 1937Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Sweethearts' Rhapsody." Composed by Grace Shumaker. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Tears Won't Bring You Back." Composed by Cal Devoll. 1 p. Handwritten, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Texas Brags." Composed by Bob Miketta. 1 p. Handwritten, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Thinkin'." Adapted from the song "On Top of Old Smokey." 1 p. Handwritten, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Thirteen." (Same as "Soundtrack") Composed by Bob Miketta. 1 p. Typed, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 10: "The Thought of Losing You." Composed by J. Rosamond Johnson. 3 p. Handwritten, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1941-1955Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Unless My Heart Deceives Me." Composed by Edgar Battle. 1 p. Handwritten, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 2: "When the Fireflies Light the Bayou." Composed by Mariam Gillespie. 3 p. Handwritten, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 3: "When the Fireflies Light the Bayou." Composed by Mariam Gillespie. 2 copies. 3 p. Handwritten and typed, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 4: "When Two Hearts Beat As One." Composed by Edgar Battle. 1 p. Handwritten, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Whispering Pines." Composed by Billy Mills. 1 p. Typed, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Why Am I Blue Over You?" Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Why Shake the Apple Tree?" Composed by Brandy Pasco and Andy Toce. 1 p. Typed, c.1945Add to your cart.
Item 8: "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet." Composed by Paul Wood. 4 p. Handwritten, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Musical Compositions which Ernest B. Ford wrote lyrics for, 1938-1981Add to your cart.
Item 1: "You Can't Do That to Me!" Composed by Glory Casebier. 1 p. Typed, c.1938-1939Add to your cart.
Item 2: "You Can't Do That to Me!" Composed by Glory Casebier. 1 p. Typed and Handwritten, c.1938-1939Add to your cart.
Item 3: "You Can't Do That to Me!" Composed by Glory Casebier. 2 p. Typed, c.1938-1939Add to your cart.
Item 4: "You Fill Me With Desire." Composed by Doc Bechtel. 1 p. Handwritten and typed, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 5: "You'll Be Just as Sweet at Sixty (As You Were At Sweet Sixteen)." Composed by Harry Tobias and Henry Tobias. 1 p. Typed, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Your Eyes Haunt Me Night and Day." Composed by Paul Haney and Al Wiggins. 1 p. Handwritten, 1938Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Yvette." (Same as "Have You Met My Pet?") Composed by Sharon Pease. 2 p. Handwritten, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 8: Unnamed piece of music, Composed by Russ Hull. 2 p. Handwritten and typed, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 9: Music book entitled The Bell Ringer, includes "Daddy Don't 'Low No Foolin' 'Round." Composed by Russ Hull, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Juvenile NovelAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Resin-Belly (tentative title), by Ernest Bevil Ford. Chapters 1-7. Edited transcript carbon.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Juvenile NovelAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Resin-Belly (tentative title), by Ernest Bevil Ford. Chapters 8-14. Edited transcript carbon.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Juvenile NovelAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Resin-Belly (tentative title), by Ernest Bevil Ford. Chapters 1-7. Typescript carbon.Add to your cart.

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