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Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis (born Curtis Wain Gates, July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Although he appeared on Gunsmoke earlier in other roles, he was first cast as Festus in season 8 episode 13, December 8, 1962 "Us Haggens". His next appearance was Season 9, episode 2, October 5, 1963 as Kyle Kelly, in "Lover Boy". Curtis joined the cast of Gunsmoke permanently as Festus in "Prairie Wolfer", season 9 episode 16, January 18, 1964.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 2nd, 1916 (Lamar), Died April 28th, 1991 (Fresno)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-067935 10-in. 9/26/1941 Love sends a little gift of roses Ken Curtis ; The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-067938 10-in. 9/26/1941 The anniversary waltz Ken Curtis ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor D9VB-2606 10-in. 12/14/1949 Let's go west again Ken Curtis ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and vocal chorus vocalist  
Victor D9VB-2609 10-in. 12/14/1949 Wedding dolls (from your wedding cake) Ken Curtis ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and vocal chorus vocalist  
Decca L 10949 5/16/1958 Sugar lips Ken Curtis vocalist  
Decca L 10950 5/16/1958 Kiss and run lover Ken Curtis vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Curtis, Ken," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100085.

Curtis, Ken. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100085.

"Curtis, Ken." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100085

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