Ken Nordine

Ken NordineLegendary voice-over artist, narrator, and disc jockey Ken Nordine was born on January 19, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. He's the son of an architect. Nordone attended Lane Technical College Prep High School and the University of Chicago.

Blessed with an exquisitely deep, rich, soothing, and resonant baritone voice, Ken was heard on "The World's Great Novels" and other Chicago radio programs in the 1940s. He married his wife Beryl Vaughan on July 27, 1945; the couple have three sons.

Nordine achieved his greatest popularity in the 1950s at the peak of the beatnik jazz and poetry movement with his delightfully hip and creative free-form spoken-word aural vignettes on such albums as "Word Jazz," "Son of Word Jazz," "Love Words," and "My Baby." These albums showcase Ken's sublimely smooth and mellifluous narration over cool jazz music by the Chico Hamilton jazz group. His vignettes range from the lightweight and humorous to the more dark and paranoid to just plain odd and dream-like. Nordine did readings on the TV series "Faces in the Window." Fred Astaire danced to Ken's divinely mellow ditty "My Baby" on a TV special.

Nordine also narrated the 1948 documentary short "Against the Tide" and was Linda Blair's vocal coach for the landmark horror classic "The Exorcist." Not surprisingly, Ken has lent his supremely dulcet tones to numerous film trailers and TV commercials, with his narration for a bunch of funky and imaginative TV commercials for Levi's jeans made throughout the 1970s and 1980s rating highly as some of his famous famous and beloved work in this particular field.

In 2005 Ken released the DVD "The Eye is Never Filled." He still continues to host his own weekly radio show and perform live in concert. Ken Nordine lives in both Chicago, Illinois and Spread Eagle, Wisconsin.