Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ken Curtis



Curtis Wain Gates, *02-07-1916 Lamar, CO, +28-04-1991
2nd version

By Michel Ruppli, Praguefrank, Steve Hathaway
SESSIONS
also actor and singer with Tommy Dorsey Band
early May 1946 poss. Universal Recording Corp., 46 East Walton St., Chicago, IL - Ken Curtis and Eddie Bennett Orchestra
001 344/359 IDAHO-HO Mercury 6009
002 345/360 I ELARNED TO LOVE YOU TOO LATE 6009
ca. March 1947 poss. Chicago, IL – Ken Curtis
003 765 HOME ON THE RANGE/THE OLD CHUCK WAGON unissued
004 766 A NEW TEN GALLON HAT/RIDIN‘ ROPIN‘ RATIN‘ unissued
005 767 GOOD OLD PAINT unissued
006 768 KI-YI-YUPPITY-AY/HOME ON THE RANGE unissued
April 1947 poss. Chicago, IL - Ken Curtis
007 780 ROOTY TOOT GALOOT 6083
008 781 YOU‘LL LOVE TO SEE THE DAY 6045
009 782 LEMME OUTA HERE 6045
010 783 IT‘S DARK OUTSIDE 6083
1948 unknown – Ken Curtis
011 IT'S IN THE CARDS Bullet 666
012 WHEN THE ORGAN PLAYED NEARER MY GOD TO THEE Bullet 666


Unknown info – Ken Curtis, *with Betty Taylor (Lloyd Shafer Orchestra and chorus)
012a 146-6 SONG OF THE ROBIN Forecast F 113
012b 147-9 WALTZ OF THE ROSES* F 113
ca. March 1953 New York City - Ken Curtis, * and Dick Thomas
013 53-S-240/53-XY-283 THE CALL OF THE FAR-AWAY HILLS MGM K11510
014 53-S-241/53-XY-284 BRASS RING LOVE* K11510
Mid 1953 unknown – Ken Curtis
015 ARE YOU Crystalette CR-657
016 HANNAH LEE Crystalette CR-657
017 HE WAS THERE Crystalette CR-658
018 GO AND LEAVE ME Crystalette CR-658
ca January 1956 Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis (arr. and dir. By Jack Marshall)
019 LB-589 WEDDING DAY Liberty F-55014
020 LB-590 COTTONWOOD Liberty F-55014
ca. May 1958 Decca Recording Studio, 5505 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA - Ken Curtis
021 L 10949 SUGAR LIPS 9-30676
022 L 10950 KISS AND RUN LOVER 9-30676
1958 Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis (w. Jack Marshall Orchestra)
023 none FIVE YEARS R-Dell 105
024 none VIOLETS FOR YOUR FURS R-Dell 105
26 July 1965 [no 12465] poss. Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis
025 53945 FESTUS WRITES TO HIS GIRL - PHOOEY ON YOU LITTLE DARLIN' Capitol ST-2418
026 53946 FESTUS TALKS ABOUT TEENAGE MUSIC AND DANCES - CORNBREAD AND BUTTERMILK ST-2418
027 53947 FESTUS TALKS ABOUT GIRLS - GOLLY BILL ST-2418
27 July 1965 [no 12468] poss. Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis
028 53959 FESTUS TELLS ABOUT HIS GRANDPA HAWG HAGGEN - THE BALLAD OF HAWG HAGGEN ST-2418
029 53960 FESTUS TALKS ABOUT MULES - YOU'RE NOTHIN' BUT A IT ST-2418
030 53961 FESTUS TELLS ABOUT HIS TRIP TO LAS VEGAS,NEVADA ST-2418
28 July 1965 [no 12465] poss. Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis
031 53946 INTRODUCTION TO CORN BREAD AND BUTTERMILK ST-2418
032 53960 INTRODUCTION - YOU'RE NOTHIN' BUT A IT ST-2418
033 53967 FESTUS TELLS ABOUT HIS HOME TOWN - MY HOME TOWN ST-2418
28 July 1965 [no 12465] poss. Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis
034 53968 FESTUS TELLS ABOUT GUNSMOKE'S DODGE CITY - STREETS OF DODGE CITY ST-2418
035 53970 IN MY HOME TOWN ST-2418
29 July 1965 [no 12465] poss. Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis
036 53970 INTRODUCTION - IN MY HOME TOWN ST-2418
037 53976 INTRODUCTION - BALLAD OF HAWG HAGGEN ST-2418
038 53977 INTRODUCTION - PHOOEY ON YOU LITTLE DARLIN' ST-2418
039 53978 INTRODUCTION - STREETS OF DODGE CITY ST-2418
040 53981 INTRODUCTION - FESTUS IN VEGAS ST-2418
041 53982 INTRODUCTION - GOLLY BILL ST-2418
1967 Hollywood, CA – Ken Curtis (Arranged and conducted by Milt Rogers. Produced by Billy Vaughn)
042 A TOWN CALLED I LOVE YOU Dot DLP-25859
043 SILVER BELL Dot DLP-25859
044 MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE Dot DLP-25859
045 TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS Dot DLP-25859
046 ONE GOOD HORSE, ONE GOOD DOG AND ONE GOOD WOMAN Dot DLP-25859
047 ODE TO A MULE (CURTIS AND VAUGHN) Dot DLP-25859
048 COOL WATER Dot DLP-25859
049 THE HAWK HE'S IN THE PINE TREE Dot DLP-25859
050 WAS IT RAIN Dot DLP-25859
051 HANNAH LEE Dot DLP-25859
1979 unknown – Ken Curtis alias Festus (Producer: George Moslener)
052 COWBOY KAPUTT Polydor 2042 087
053 DON’T FENCE ME IN Polydor 2042 087
054 COUNTRY MUSIC Polydor 2042 139
055 EIN BIER, EIN' TRINKEN  Polydor 2042 139



ALBUMS
Capitol T/ST-2418 Gunsmoke's Festus:
Festus Talks About Gunsmoke's Dodge City; Dodge City; Festus Tells About His Grandpa Hawg Haggen; The Ballad Of Hawg Haggen; Festus Talks About Girls; Golly Bill; Festus Talks About Teenage Music And Dances; Corn Bread And Buttermilk; Festus Tells About His Home Town; My Home Town; Festus Writes To His Girl; Phooey On You Little Darlin'; Festus Talks About Mules; You're Nothin' But A It; Festus Tells About His Trip To Las Vegas; Las Vegas, Nevada – 09-65 (reissued on Hilltop JS-6130 Gunsmokes Festus Sings'n'Talks in 1973)
Dot DLP-25859 Gunsmoke's Festus Calls Out Ken Curtis: A Town Called I Love You; Silver Bell; Maybe It's Because; Tumbling Tumbleweeds; One Good Horse, One Good Dog and one Good Woman; Ode to a Mule (Curtis and Vaughn); Cool Water; The Hawk He's in the Pine Tree; Was It Rain; Hannah Lee – 06-68
? The Ken Curtis Songbook: Singing My Song on the Trail [from the 1946 film Singing on the Trail]; Prairie Serenade; [from the 1946 film Singing on the Trail]; The Old West is Gone 2:04 [from the 1946 film Singing on the Trail]; It's Great to Be Back [from the 1946 film Lonestar Moonlight]; Lonestar Moonlight [from the 1946 film Lonestar Moonlight]; Home on the Range [from the 1946 film Lonestar Moonlight]; I Got a Half-Pint Head; Comedy with Dink Swink [from Memories of the Lucky U Ranch]; Room Full of Roses [from Memories of the Lucky U Ranch]; My Gal is Purple [from Memories of the Lucky U Ranch]; Cattle Call [soundtrack Rio Grande]; Aha, San Antone [soundtrack Rio Grande]; Erie Canal [soundtrack Rio Grande]; I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen [soundtrack Rio Grande]; Down By the Glenside [soundtrack Rio Grande]; Tennessee Babe [soundtrack Alamo, 1960]; Six Shiney Black Horses [From the Gunsmoke episode "Once a Haggen"]; Gather at the River [From the Gunsmoke episode "The O]


SINGLES
Mercury (1946-47)
6009 I Learned To Love You Too Late / Idaho-Ho (w. Eddie Bennett O.) – 05-46 (rev. June 8)
6045 You'll Live To See The Day / Lemme Outa Here – 05-47 (rev. May 17)
6083 It's Dark Outside / Rooty Toot Galoot – 03-48
Bullet (1948)
666 It's In The Cards / When The Organ Played Nearer My God To Thee - 09-48


Forecast
F-113 Song Of The Robin / Waltz Of The Roses (with Betty Taylor) -
MGM (1953)
K 11510 The Call Of The Far-Away Hills / Brass Ring Love – 05-53 (rev. May 30)
Crystalette (1953)
CR-657 Are You / Hannah Lee – 08-53 (rev. Aug. 22)
CR-658 He Was There / Go And Leave Me - 53
Liberty (1956)
F-55014 Wedding Day / Cottonwood - 03-56
Decca (1956)
9-30676 Sugar Lips / Kiss And Run Lover - 06-56
R-Dell (1958)
105 Five Years / Violets For Your Furs – 05-58 (rev. June 2)
Polydor [GER] (1979)
2042 087 Cowboy Kaputt / Don’t Fence Me In - 79
2042 139 Country Music / Ein Bier, Ein' Trinken – 10-79
           

FILMOGRAPHY (from Wikipedia)
    Rio Grande - Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited) (1950)
    The Quiet Man - Dermot Fahy (uncredited) (1952)
    The Searchers - Charlie McCorry (1956)
    The Wings of Eagles - John Dale Price (1957)
    Escort West - Trooper Burch (1958)
    The Last Hurrah - Monsignor Killian (1958)
    The Horse Soldiers - Cpl. Wilkie (1959)
    The Killer Shrews - Jerry Farrell (1959)
    The Alamo - Capt. Almeron Dickinson (1960)
    Two Rode West - Greeley Clegg (1961)
    How the West Was Won - Cpl. Ben (uncredited) (1962)
    Cheyenne Autumn - Joe (1964)
    Robin Hood - Nutsy - A Vulture (voice) (1973)
    Conagher - TV movie - Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher (1991)


Television (from Wikipedia)
    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp - Episode - Warpath - Major Hendericks (uncredited) (1957)
    Gunsmoke - 304 episodes - Festus (1959–1975)
    Have Gun Will Travel - episode - Love's Young Dream - Monk (1960)
    Wagon Train - episode - The Horace Best Story - Pappy Lightfoot (1960)
    Wagon Train - episode - The Colter Craven Story - Kyle Cleatus(1960)
    Perry Mason - episode - The Case of the Clumsy Clown - Tim Durant (1960
    Sea Hunt - episode - The Octopus Story - Dean (1961)
    Ripcord (TV series) - 76 episodes - Jim Buckley (1961–1963)
    Death Valley Days - Graydon's Charge - Graydon (1964)
    The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams - Episode - Once Upon a Starry Night (1978)
    Vega$ - Episode - Death Mountain - Digger Dennison (1979)
    How the West Was Won - TV Mini-Series - Episode - Hillary - Sheriff Orville Gant (1979)
    The Yellow Rose - 22 episodes - Hoyt Coryell (1983–1984)
    Airwolf - Episode - Wildfire - Cecil Carnes Sr. (1986)
    In the Heat of the Night - Episode - December Days - Tom McCauley (1990)

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