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, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100431.
Ferguson, Bob. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100431.
"Ferguson, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 2 December 2020.
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