Ken Nordine

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Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 April 1920, Cherokee, Iowa, USA. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Nordine worked in radio in the city. His voice if not his name became extremely well known on radio and television owing to the many commercials he made. Nordine’s broadcasts included his readings of horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and others. He also appeared on CBS’ Jazz Showcase, becoming especially well known through his shows, which included Word Jazz and Now Nordine. He established his reputation beyond Chicago when he made Word Jazz for Dot Records in 1957, speaking over a background of contemporary cool jazz, gaining a following with the audience for the currently popular beat poets who were also performing with jazz backing. Nordine’s pieces were varied in content and style, ranging from humorous ephemera to bleakly moving and memorable tales. On television he appeared with Fred Astaire who danced to his ‘My Baby’ on Another...

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