KILLEN COLLECTOR COMPILATION

Running length
20 tracks
Running time
56:01

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 One Little Rose 2:17 147
2 Cryin' Blues (No. 1) 2:15 13
3 Hey Pretty Mama 2:20 99
4 Worried Blues 3:09 43
5 Little Blind Boy 3:00 101
6 The Clouds Are Raining Teardro 2:29 2
7 Will the Pardon Arrive Too Lat 3:46 91
8 Another Love 2:46 53
9 Street of Dreams 2:44 7
10 Hello Mr. Santa 3:17 89
11 Doll Upon The Shelf 2:44 191
12 Lonesome Blues 3:03 200
13 The Picture 3:23 154
14 Forbidden Kisses 2:25 61
15 Shadows on the Lonesome Trail 2:54 4
16 They Call Him A Bum 2:57 49
17 Scarlet Teardrops 3:00 5
18 Baby Fleetfoot 1:53 4
19 Too Late 2:54 6
20 Cryin' Blues 2:45 96

About this album

Ked Killen was born on May 10, 1911 in Jenkins, Kentucky and raised there. From the time he was a teenager until 25 years of age Ked sang and played the guitar only locally with other musicians at neighborhood get-togethers and in Virginia.

Ked married a childhood sweetheart by the name of June. They raised two lovely daughters, Debra and Regina.

Ked Killen had compiled a group of musicians, which he named ~Western All Stars~. No opportunity came Ked’s way to record for a company until 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. Until retiring in late 1969 playing only for his family and friends Ked had recorded 20 masters for Western Ranch Music Records.

After many hours of re-mastering and restoring the old masters not all of the tracks sound as clean and crisp as back then.

Ked’s records had some very good ratings in various areas. 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 several years ago, 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 at a local cemetery at Clintwood, Virginia.

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  • tkillen

    Ked Killen is my grandfather. He also has three sons Jack, Ed, Gene.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply

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