Kenny Seratt was born on a cotton farm somewhere in Northeast Arkansas back in 1934.
Since his father was a traveling minister, it only seems natural that the earlies
experiences of Ken performing and singing were at those churches. He accompanied
himself on the guitar. He was determined to make music and song writing a part
of his life.
In 1951, while just 17 years old, he moved to Hemet, California where he became
a horticulturist at teh Howard Rose Company. That gave him the opportunity to
start picking and singing at the country night spots that dotted the landscape
in southern California. The audiences seemed to like his style, so he continued
his musical journey.
By 1967, he had appeared in venues in Las Vegas such as the Ares Club, Arthur's Club
and the Blue Room.
In the Los Angeles area, he was a guest many times on the Squeakin' Deacon's show
that was heard over radio station KFOX. He also appeared on Cal's Corral show
that aired over KTLA.
He entertained the radio audiences for a year with his band over radio station
KHSJ in Hemet.
Other shows he appeared on were the Don Staggens show and the Bill Woods show
that aired in Bakersfield. He also worked at the Nashville Nevada night club
with Wynn Stewart.
His personal appearances included appearing with such stars as Freddie Hart, Bobby
Austin, Eddie Dean, Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, the Canadian Sweethearts, Skeets
MacDonald, Merle Haggard and Tommy Duncan to name a few.
We read where he had recorded two singles in 1964 and 1965, but no details were
provided as to the label. But around that same time, Chaw Mank was telling
folks that Kenny had signed with the Crossfire label which was
managed by Cletus ZUmbach. His first tune for them
was "Memories of Jimmie Rodgers". Kenny had signed with Chaw's BLue Ribbon
Music Co. to co-write a few tunes as well. The legendary fan club icon Chaw Mank
was also handling Kenny's fan club from his home in Staunton, Illionis.
Credits & Sources
- Buddy's Book; March 1967; Buddy Meredith Fan Club;
- Country Music Life; March - April 1964; Country Music Life
Publications; Orange, CA