Ken Nordine’s voice is instantly recognizable from his decades of work doing voiceovers for a variety of TV commercials and movie trailers, and now listeners can access even more of his recorded work, via reel-to-reel tapes from 1957 unearthed by WFMU.
Bob Purse of WFMU, who found the tapes at a rummage sale, has posted many of the tracks in MP3 form on the WFMU blog, including an A-side with speeches by Nordine and a B-side with speeches from Chicago radio host Norman Ross. The recordings are believed to be from preparations for Nordine’s speech at the opening of the Allied High Fidelity store in Chicago.
Nordine’s Word Jazz album series during the late 1950s of spoken-word poetry and narration is considered the inspiration for much of Tom Waits’ spoken-word work.
Watch a video of Nordine performing jazz poetry below: