For a decade from the mid-60ís to the mid-70ís, the blond New Mexico resident Kenny Vernon was a constant occupant of the Country chart without ever scoring a major hit. Kenny was born on a farm and by the time he was age 5, he had started playing guitar. At age 10, Kenny was playing on WDXIís Uncle Tom Williams Farm Hour with Carl Perkins. Kenny began playing fiddle at 14, banjo at 15, mandolin at 16 and drums at 17. After leaving high school, Kenny served as gunnerís mate 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy for two years. While in the service, he put a band together, winning an all-Navy talent contest. This led to him headlining a 45-day tour of the Orient, "Gobs of Fun." He also acted as the midday deejay on the service radio. After leaving the Navy, Kenny won a car in a talent contest in San Diego and sold it for $120.00. He took the money, joined the Musiciansí Union and got a job playing at a San Diego nightclub. After leaving San Diego, he moved to Las Vegas and talked his way into a weekís trial at the Golden Nugget and ended up playing there with his band, Expression, on and off, for over a decade. Kenny cut an album for TWA Records without causing any major action. However, when he played The Caravan East, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the owner, Bob Johnson, signed Kenny to a personal management deal and to his Caravan label. It was on this label that Kenny had his first Country entry when It Makes You Happy (To Know You Make Me Blue), in 1966, reached the Top 50. At the end of 1968, Kenny signed with Chart Records and was teamed with LaWanda Lindsey. The following year, they had a Top 60 single, Eye to Eye. In 1970, they had his biggest hit, Pickiní Wild Mountain Berries, which went Top 30. They ended the year with Letís Think About Where Weíre Going, which just fell short of the Top 50. The following year, they had their final chart duet, The Crawdad Song, which went Top 50. In 1972, Kenny moved to Capitol Records. Produced by Earl Ball, Kenny reached the Top 60 with a reprise of Thatíll Be the Day, which went Top 60. During 1973 and 1974, Kenny had three final chart records, Feel So Fine and Lady (1973) and What Was Your Name Again (1974), the most successful being the Top 60 Feel So Fine. Kenny now raises quarter horses on his farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and continues to entertain in Las Vegas.
Kenny Vernon lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has
extensive real estate holdings. Kenny's version of Buddy Holly's song "That'll
Be The Day" hit the charts at #38 and rose all the way to #24 in 1972. Kenny
charted 9 songs between 1966 and 1971, including 4 duets with LaWanda Lindsey.
He also appeared at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada for more than 15