Hey Pretty Mama by Ked Killen
by Western Ranch Music
(Kingsburg, California, USA)
Hey Pretty Mama 1968 Vinyl 45 RPM
Ked Killen was born on May 10, 1911 in Jenkins, Kentucky and raised there. From the time he was a teenager Ked sang and played the guitar locally with other musicians at neighborhood get-togethers and in Virginia.
Ked married a childhood sweetheart by the name of June, and they raised a family together.
Ked Killen had compiled a group of musicians in the late 1960's, which he named ~Western All Stars~. He had seen an add and write-up on Western Ranch Music record label. It was in early 1966 when he contacted Western Ranch Music Records with an audition tape. The company liked his down-to-earth country sounds and signed him to a recording contract on August 1, 1966. Ked had recorded 20 masters for Western Ranch Music Records by 1969.
After many hours of re-mastering and restoring the old masters the tracks sound almost as clean and crisp as back then.
Ked's records had some very good ratings in various areas. Mostly The USA, Europe and Canada. Not too much has ever been known about his personal life. Through the studio where Ked recorded in Virginia we could find out that he was working on another tape circa late 1970's - early 1980's, when illness and death struck his wife June, leaving him very distraught and depressed, until he became quite ill himself and passed away in 1986. He is buried in Clintwood, Virginia.
Ked was one of the many fantastic Country singers. His voice was suitable for the early 50's and of his many tracks most have that 1950's country, blues, cowboy and rockabilly sound and style.
Original Western Ranch Music tracks of Artist Ked Killen have been used in Country and Western and Rockabilly album releases produced in the European Union, Canada, and The USA, for the fans and collectors of C&W Retro, Blues, Cowboy and Rockabilly music. Here are a few other labels that have included songs by Artist Ked Killen: White Label, Netherlands 1988; Binge, West Germany 1989; Sun Label, England 1990 and Rich ~ R ~ Tone.
Written by Esther Casteel
© Western Ranch Music™ 1991
Radio Submission quality tracks appropriate for Oldie 1950's & 60's Country, Western, Blues, Cowboy, Folk, Americana, Romance Pop, and Polka /Waltz listeners available at AirPlayDirect.com
( Artists: Killen-Harris-Felts-Ziebart-Brown )
Here are links to three "All Oldies" WRM releases
Record Label History and Author/Composer Bio:
Esther Casteel started writing songs and composing music circa 1930. She designed her Western Ranch Music Record Label, around 1950, while living in New Mexico and then moved to California where she obtained her recording license in 1952..
Some Bands and Artists under her label and/or who performed her songs from the 1950’s to 1995, were Cecil Ziebart and The Polka Pals, Ked Killen and The Western All Stars,Lee Felts and The Feltons, John York, Virge Brown and The Saddle Pals, Gordon Harris and Western Four. The Pell Brothers performed Esther’s song “Big Earl” under the Western Ranch Music Record Label and the Elliot Brothers Ork, recorded under Esther’s Label at the same time. Tex Ritter performed Esther’s “Hey Pretty Mama” song.
In a Billboard Article dated June 12, 1954 "Esther Casteel's Western Ranch Music bowed with the new label and a flock of C&W artists .... 'Grand Ole Opry' troup headlining Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Marty Robins, Rusty Gabbard, Danny Dill, and The Drifting Cowboys and The Texas Troubadors and Bill Myrick of KECK, Odessa, TX., slated for the 'Permian Basin Jamboree' in Odessa." On September 18, 1954 "The firms prexy was recording such artists as Baby Darlene, Cowboy Dallas Turner, Cherokee Rocky Rose and His Trail Dusters, Jim Hall and his Texas Ramblers, and Bob Wesley".
Some of Esther's first releases listed in Billboards Sept 12, 1953 issue are "Deep In The Rockies, WRM-3-A; In My Garden of Dreams, WRM-3-B; Don't be Jealous Honey, WRM-8-A; My Heart's The Symbol of Loves Sorrow WRM-8-B; Lest You Forget, WRM-10-A; and Blue Sunshine, WRM-10-B". On December 5, 1953, Esther Casteel is listed as personal manager of Auto-harp and guitar player, Harvey
Fink. And on January 30, 1954 Esther releases two more recordings "There’s a Tear on The Roses Tonight, WRM-12-A and Cowtown Ball, WRM-12-B".
Around 1952 and into the late 1950’s, Esther managed three additional recording bands; The Westernairs, Old Westerners and Rhythumaires. Esther recorded previously under White Label in New Mexico and Colorado, circa 1940-51. (Not to be mistaken for the European White Label). The Sun Valley Boys were one of her earlier recording bands when she lived in New Mexico. In the early 50’s she had her own band called Cimmeron Sun Valley Boys. At one point in time, there were thirteen bands and seven singers contracted to Esther Casteel, including Canadian groups. She was a busy lady. Esther had already raised a family of seven children and was forty-one years old when she obtained her recording license. She started her family and writing music in about 1926.
By 2006 Esther Casteel was a 47-year member of The National Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1973 Esther Casteel, was voted to become one of 21 Grammy Governors to serve from 1973-1974 out of the San Francisco, Ca., Chapter. The only woman at that time. Something to be proud of in that day and time. She was a voting member of NARAS, Los Angeles, Ca., Chapter for 38 years. She also became an ASCAP NY member shortly after she obtained her Western Ranch Music Record Label License in 1952. Western Ranch Music remains an ASCAP Member and now with Publisher status.
Releases of vinyl records and reissues of vinyl 45's, Collector Mono LP's and Cassettes were produced with Esther's works as late as 1995, and still are. Esther Casteel was an Author/Composer and Recording Pioneer of circa 1940’s-50's Country, Western, Blues, Cowboy, Americana, Folk, and Polka music; keeping that unique clean crisp sound which carried over into her 1960’s-70's Country and Western, Blues, Folk & Rockabilly Retro.
These unique works continue to be available under her original WRM label and more are returning to the market due to demand from collectors and fans.
Written by Douglas Deason
© Western Ranch Music™ 2009-10 Pub
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The May 27, 1967 issue of Billboard, International News, Toronto, Canada, states "The Western Ranch Label in the U.S. has released it's second single by Cecil Ziebart and The Polka Pals old time and Western music group from Medicine Hat, Alta. Their "Rose of Cherokee" backed with "Be Sure Dear" is making charts in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and negotiations are under way for Canadian distribution."
Esther Casteel received an award for her "Rose of Cherokee" Song. She was named Best Western Music Writer and was listed in Who's Who in Country Music. Rose of Cherokee was the first song ever 'written and composed' solely by Esther in 1930. Rose of Cherokee earned a gold label by running 16 weeks as a top of the charts Musical Hit in 1967-68. Not long after the “Rose of Cherokee” Hit “Hey Pretty Mama” climbed the charts circa 1968-69 to earn a Red Hot Label.
Esther wrote and recorded over 200 songs starting circa 1930 and by the year 1995. Most were recorded on vinyl records (78 and 45 rpm). After that, songs were available on Cassette and now on CD & MP3. Western Ranch Music is in the process of digitally remastering many of these works. Thanks to Roy Newcomer at therightcountry.com in Whelm, Washington and Darrel and Eric at Maximus Studio in Fresno, California; who have assisted us in the vinyl to digital music file transition. Because of these engineer's expertise, some of Esther's best songs are now available on popular music download sites worldwide.
Enjoy a mini Western Ranch Music Record Label History Movie, with Esther’s favorite and first written/composed love song, at
Information and historical events were gathered from physical news and articles collected over the many years by WRM and/or information is WRM history; and/or information was shared by and/or published previously for/with/by permission of WRM Record Label.
Written by Douglas Deason
© Western Ranch Music™ 2009-10 Pub