Ken Nordine

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1980 (The 1981 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Colors (1967)

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Here's a perfect example how thinking and acting outside the established realms of normalcy can lead to delightful outcomes. Quite possibly helped sow the seeds of rap with his World Jazz voice over recordings of his poetry on top of cool Chicago jazz in the 50s. Most definitely a leader in the beat poetry scene of the 50s which lead to so much cool stuff later on. I've seen him referred to as a verbal John Cage or Brian Eno; but there's no real way to adequately describe Ken's unique approach. His writings range from hilarious to downright bizarre/dark. You might not know the name Ken Nordine; but when you hear the voice, then you might instantly know who he is. So smooth, a voice just made for doing commercials and voice overs. Ken Nordine was a big influence on Tom Waits in particular. Still had a radio show even as he pushed 90 years old. Seek him out on You Tube or somewhere else if you don't know who he is or have never heard him. As true of an original as you'll ever find.

Posted by classicrocker on Wednesday, 06.20.12 @ 01:25am

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