b. 10 March 1946, Brilliant, Alabama, USA. The eldest of eight children of musical parents, Ford picked cotton as a child. The family relocated to Chicago in 1959 and two years later to Poplar Bluff, Missouri. In 1963, she joined theCentury 21 Show (a large touring carnival that played state fairs all over the USA) as an acrobatic dancer. Here she worked with Loretta Lynn who encouraged her to sing. She eventually moved to New York where, for a time, she pursued a successful acting career and sang at venues. She joined Country International Records and gained her first chart success in 1978 with ‘Love Isn’t Love Until You Give It Away’. In 1979, she toured with the Nashville Magic Band and during the 80s, she had four minor hits, the last coming in 1988 with ‘Yesterday’s Rain’. Outside of her music and acting she owns the Melody J Ranch in Dickson County, Tennessee, where she raises Appaloosa horses.
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