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Music: Sinatra style big band vocalist and entertainer
Location: Dallas, TX
Ken Nelson is one of the best known "Sinatra-style" vocalist performers in Dallas, Ft. Worth Texas areas. Often called “Young Blue Eyes”, the big band vocalist and self-professed Sinatraphile has been performing the swinging standards popularized by Frank Sinatra since 1995, when he wrote, produced, directed and starred in an Off Broadway Rodgers and Hart cabaret revue entitled “An Evening With… ‘Pal Joey’ And Friends” (based on the classic Frank Sinatra musical film “Pal Joey”).
Equally at home on TV as on stage or recording, Nelson recently hosted “Frank Sinatra-Classic Duets” for PBS. Produced by Sinatra’s Bristol Productions, the program featured interviews with his children (Nancy, Frank, Jr. and Tina) and rare film clips from his late 1950’s television appearances with Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others.
Nelson’s act, appealing to all ages and in all venues, has a special place in the hearts of seniors. He is a frequent entertainer at area senior centers and retirement communities and, for five years, he emceed and headlined the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant held annually in Dallas.
Nelson however, does not consider himself to be an imitator or impersonator, but—rather—an interpreter of Sinatra’s music. ENTERTAINMENT SHOWCASE (June 2002) agrees, commenting on his “smooth delivery and vocals” and affirming “the Sinatra style and flair (is) unmistakable, but the voice (is) completely Nelson’s own”.
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