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Bob Ferguson

Robert Bruce Ferguson (December 30, 1927 – July 22, 2001) was an American country music songwriter and record producer who was instrumental in establishing Nashville, Tennessee as a center of country music. He was also a movie producer, and Choctaw Indian historian. Ferguson is best known for writing 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 (BMI) 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 (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. Ferguson married twice, first to Harvie June Van (1950s/60s) then to Martha Jean Lewis (1970 to 2001).

Birth and Death Data: Born December 30th, 1927, Died July 22nd, 2001

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-036630 10-in. 5/1/1939 Lavender cowboy Big Cypress Boys ; Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ferguson, Bob," accessed December 2, 2020,

Ferguson, Bob. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from

"Ferguson, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 2 December 2020.

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