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Ken Nordine

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Birthday: Apr 13, 1920

Birthplace: Cherokee, Iowa, USA

Ken Nordine was an American voiceover and recording artist born on April 13, 1920 in Cherokee, Illinois. The son of Swedish immigrants, Nordine attended Lane Technical College Prep High School and the University of Chicago before marrying actress Beryl Vaughn. The couple would be together from 1945 until her death in 2016; they had three children. Nordine's deep, baritone voice first came to prominence in the Chicago radio world with "The World's Great Novels." He quickly became associated with the poetry-jazz-beatnik culture of the 1950s, and released his first album, "Passion in the Desert," in 1955. The follow up, "Word Jazz" (1957), would be Nordine's most well-known work, and its naming convention would be used a number of times in his 15-album discography, including his next release, "Son of Word Jazz" (1958). These albums were followed by "Next!" (1959), "Word Jazz Vol. II" (1960), "Colors" (1967), and "Ken Nordine Does Robert Shure's Twink" (1967). Nordine narrated Philip Kaufman's "Fearless Frank" in 1967 amid constant commercial voice over and radio hosting, gigs he would continue landing decades into his career. He was also Linda Blair's vocal coach for "The Exorcist" (1973). After a significant gap between album releases, Nordine recorded a series of records from the 1980s through the 2000s: "Stare with Your Ears" (1979), "Triple Talk" (1984), "Grandson of Word Jazz" (1986), "Devout Catalyst" (1991), "Upper Limbo" (1993), "Transparent Mask" (2001), and finally, "The Eye Is Never Filled" (2005). Nordine passed away on February 16, 2019 at the age of 98.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Fearless Frank The Stranger (Character) - 1967

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