Festus – A Better Singer Than Talker?

Festus Haggen

Festus Haggen

We have all seen Festus (Ken Curtis) talk on the Gunsmoke TV series. He manages to get the words out but it seems to be a struggle. Here is an example:


But did you know that Ken Curtis was a singer before he became an actor? He sang with the Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953. Then he moved on to the Tommy Dorsey band where he replaced Frank Sinatra as the lead vocalist.

Later, he signed a contract with Columbia Pictures and played in a series of musical westerns with The Hoosier Hotspots. For nearly a year he was the featured singer on WWVA Jamboree, a long running country music radio program.

OK – so can Ken Curtis sing? Take a look at this video and decide for yourself:

Not bad eh?

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  1. doris cox says:

    that man Ken Curtis have an outstanding voice bravo bravo

  2. sonja brown says:

    a wonderful voice and want to know if he has any cd,s or records

    • Sonja – I googled “Ken Curtis Recordings” and did not see any for him alone but there were plenty for The Sons of the Pioneers where he sang for some time.

  3. Ken Curtis had a fantastic voice. As far as I am concerned his voice ranked up there with Frank Sinatra. Rest in peace Ken

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