• Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame - November 30, 2002

  • Vital statistics: 5' 10", Brown Hair, Hazel Eyes, 175 lbs.

  • 4 Octave Range

  • Toured United States as leader singer with Everyday People and Family Affair performing concerts, Oldie - Goldie Shows, television, corporate venues, state fairs, etc.

  • Large repertoire, good stage presence

  • Up tempo Rock Classics, Rhythm & Blues to power ballads

    Recorded "A Million Teardrops" backed by Wayne Cochran's band while still in high school in Georgia. Recorded on independent label Confederate Recording Company under stage name Ken Kennington.

  • Record collectors are selling as a collector's item at record conventions and websites for $200 per copy.

  • Also listed on compilation with Wayne Cochran and Otis Redding in Europe with the Bear Family, an International Collector's Recording Company.

  • Performed locally at various resort: The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World, Disney's Contemporary Resort, the River Country at Walt Disney World, Arthur's 21 at the Palace Hotel (now Wyndham), the Hyatt, Bay Hill Country Club, Alaqua, Heathrow, Erroll Estates and many other major hotels in the area.

  • Leon Kennington
    a.k.a. Ken Kennington

    Leon was born into a very musical family in Griffin, Georgia and later, raised in Macon, Georgia. He started singing gospel music solos at the tender age of four in local churches. Soon he was on the radio and by the time he was eight he was in a live television talent show out of Atlant, the Freddy Miller's "Stars of Tomorrow" which he won the first place prize. This led to frequent quest performances on the show.

    A guy by the name of Bob Cox was working for Feddy Miller as a singer on WAGA-TV, Bob later sarted his own talent show in Macon called "Bids for Broadway". The first prize was a trip to Hollywood, CA with a screen test and he felt Leon had such a mature voice for a child his age, 10 years old. He stood a good chance as a child prodigy in music and in movies. Leon won that first prize trip to Hollywood however, due to certain circumstances, was unable to go.

    A true lifetime performer, at the age of thirteen, Leon was professionally playing in local nightclubs with adult bands and sill making frequent television appearances. During his teenage years, he had the opportunity to meet and work as well as travel with Wayne Cochran and Otis Redding playing various venues along the way, including the Martin Thompson Theater chain. During this time, he met Jerry Lee Lewis and became personal friends with Charlie Rich. Charlie was a great inspiration to Leon and he always held him in high regard.

    Leon has opened for such artists as Crystal Gayle, Buddy Fo from Hawaii formerly of the Don Ho show and the Diamonds, which are remembered fro such hits as "Little Darlin" and "Strollin".

    Then at the age of seventeen, Leon recorded a 45 under the stage name of "Ken Kennington" under the Confederate Record Label. The A side, "A Million Teardrops", sold well here in the U.S., and the B side, "It Goes Without Saying" became popular years later, a true Rockabilly hit, in Europe. Currently this 45 sells for over $200 a piece here in the States. This record is now being used on a compilation with Wayne Cochran and Otis Redding.

    Over the years, Leon has continued singing and traveling in different states. He now concentrates on corporate venues and convention work. He has performed at various Disney Resorts such as the Polynesian, Contemporary and the River Country Resort. He has worked convention shows at other resorts and country clubs as well as performed at Church Street Station in the Cheyenne Saloon, which is where the Nashville Network recorded shows with major country stars in the 80's.

    He now resides in Ocoee, Florida with his wife, daughter and three beautiful grandchildren. Currently, he is working with a songwriter out of Nashville and hopes to release a CD of original work soon. Aside from music, Leon is interested in working in movies as well as commercials and voice-overs.

    In November of 2002, Leon Kennington was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for his lifetime contribution to a life he lives for ... Music.

    Page posted April, 2004

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