Songwriter, Musical Artist
1927 – 2001
Who was Bob Ferguson?
Robert Bruce "Bob" Ferguson, Sr. was an American songwriter, record producer who was instrumental in establishing Nashville, Tennessee as a center of country music; movie producer, and Choctaw Indian historian. Ferguson wrote the bestselling songs "On the Wings of a Dove" and "The 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 awarded Ferguson with the "million air" plays for the "Wings of a Dove."
The country song "Carroll County Accident", recorded by Porter Wagoner, made No. 2 on the Billboard country singles chart and No. 1 on the Cash Box country singles chart. The tune was also recorded by Wagoner's longtime duet partner Dolly Parton. He was 73. Ferguson married twice, first to Harvie June Van and then later Martha Jean Lewis.
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