I just received word that Jack Kennelley of the Teen Kings died recently. I have no details except that he was in Littleton CO at the time. Jack went to Odessa High School with the Poor Boys but played for several years with the Teen Kings. I remember once when I was flippin' burgers at the old south side Otto's and he came in. He told me that Roy was changing the band name from the Wink Westerners to the Teen Kings to "keep current with the times" and had asked him (Jack) to be his bass player. Jack developed into a good upright bass player and Roy always had him sing "Sixteen Tons" at all of their shows and dances. Jack had a Tennessee Ernie Ford" type of deep resonant voice and at one time considered doing music ministry with the Baptist church. I don't know how many, if any, of Roy's recordings Jack was on but probably the Sun sessions at least. He went to Hollywood and was in some movies. Billed as "Jackson D. Kane", he was in "The Man Who Fell to Earth" with David Bowie and also was in one or two of the Clint Eastwood baboon movies. He also made TV commercials for GMC trucks. The last time I saw Jack was at a Rock 'n' Roll reunion in Odessa in 1989. He spent his childhood in Odessa in the 40's and 50's and everyone knew Jack Kennelley. He was considered one of the good guys. Jack Kennelley rest in peace.
KANE, Jackson D. (Jack Kennelley)
Born: 6/30/1937, Odessa, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/9/2009, Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A.
Jackson D. Kane's westerns - actor:
Thomasine & Bushrod - 1974 (Adolph)
Paper Hearts - 1993 (Wesley)
Posted by Tom B. at 2:19 PM