Wanted (how you can help)

Below are listed several ways you can assist the progress of the Ken Carson Tribute:

The Poster Campaign

In an effort to reach more people who knew Ken or who can assist with researching him and his career, I’m asking for your help.Uncle Sam - I Want You For US Army

Ken Carson worked with hundreds of people over the course of his long career. He knew hundreds more. We need to find them. We need people who knew Ken, who can tell stories about him, who remember what happened when, and who can give us invaluable information that won’t be found otherwise.

To find them, I’m starting a ‘wanted poster campaign’ all over the U.S. (and Canada, if possible– Ken Carson did make personal appearances up there). You can visit the link given below (click the image) to download a high-resolution version to print.

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We are hoping to get this poster put up in places like retirement homes, community centers, country clubs, even restaurants and other places that people around Ken’s age might frequent (seniors). Many such places have poster boards you can put the ‘ad’ on if you ask at the front desk. We recommend that you ask permission before posting the flyer.

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I’m constantly on the lookout for vinyl records, cassette tapes, video, and other material relating to Ken Carson. That means if I’m in a thrift store or an estate sale, look in the corner that has the records. I’ll be there, carefully searching for the familiar name of Ken Carson. So far I’ve had no success, but I’m not going to give up. If you ever see a record by Ken, it would be helpful if you’d jot down the name of the record and other information given so we can build our discography (at this point I cannot request you to purchase the record, because I cannot pay you back).

We’re looking for personal collections of Ken Carson material. Pictures, papers, sheet music, video, audio, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and what-have-you, everything and anything is more than welcome! Keep in mind that Ken Carson and his management sent out thousands upon thousands of fan material over the years (In the early 1940s his radio show in Chicago was sending out over a thousand pictures a day to fans). Some of those pictures are out there somewhere, and we’d be deeply grateful to receive scans or copies of them.

Contribute to the Recollections & Reflections

Do you admire Ken and have thoughts or musings on him to share? Would you like your own page on the Ken Carson Tribute website? I’m lookin’ for folks to write for the Recollections and Reflections page. Recollections is for those of you who knew Ken personally. Reflections are for those of us who never got to know him, but who enjoy his music and legacy.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Put us in touch with folks who knew Ken
  • Have pictures? We’d be delighted to get scans of them!

Thank you ever so much!

Have a question? Contact me.