Chances are, you’ve heard Ken Nordine’s voice in your life. Nordine, a Chicago native, started his voiceover career back in the old time radio days. He also created a series of Word Jazz albums in the 1950’s. Back in the 60’s, he was hired to write and voice a series of paint commercials for the Fuller Paint company. This project evolved into a record called Colors that featured 90 second musings on 24 different colors. Back in the mid-90’s, a CD was released with 10 additional colors and I had the good fortune to have Nordine sign my copy at Tower Records. The following video features Ken Nordine’s take on the color orange with animation by Jada Lewis.
Nordine’s Word Jazz radio program, can still be heard on NPR stations throughout the country. To check out his official Word Jazz site, click here. To learn more about Nordine, check out his Wiki page here. Enjoy your weekend!