In 1976 his early years Ford was one of the members of the soul/Funk band Tyrone Thomas & The Whole Darn Family(7 Minutes of Funk). In 1981 Executive producer Jacques Fred Petrus hired Ford to participate on his new project, later known as The B. B. & Q. band. Ford experienced highly successful period, perhaps his biggest, with the band including their smash hit "On The Beat" that same year. Leaving for other engagements Ford managed to release a solo single "Be My Girl" in 1982 reaching #69 on Billboard's Top 100 R&B/HipHip charts. During all the years Ford has played with such great acts like Rick James, Johnny Gill, New Edition, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Lenny White, Tyrone Thomas, Norman Conners and Lonnie Liston Smith, Invisible Man's Band etc., to name a few!