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Ked Killen



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Ked Killen was born on May 10, 1911 in Jenkins, Kentucky and raised there. From the time he was a teenager Ked sang and played the guitar locally with other musicians at neighborhood get-togethers and in Virginia.

Ked married a childhood sweetheart by the name of June, and they raised a family together.

Ked Killen had compiled a group of musicians in the late 1960’s, which he named ~Western All Stars~. He had seen an add and write-up on Western Ranch Music record label. It was in early 1966 when he contacted Western Ranch Music Records with an audition tape. The company liked his down-to-earth country sounds and signed him to a recording contract on August 1, 1966. Ked had recorded 20 masters for Western Ranch Music Records by 1969.

After many hours of re-mastering and restoring the old masters the tracks sound almost as clean and crisp as back then.

Ked’s records had some very good ratings in various areas. Mostly The USA, Europe and Canada. Not too much has ever been known about his personal life. Through the studio where Ked recorded in Virginia we could find out that he was working on another tape circa late 1970’s - early 1980’s, when illness and death struck his wife June, leaving him very distraught and depressed, until he became quite ill himself and passed away in 1986. He is buried in Clintwood, Virginia.

Ked was one of the many fantastic Country singers. His voice was suitable for the early 50’s and of his many tracks most have that 1950’s country, blues, cowboy and rockabilly sound and style.

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