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Kenneth (Kenne Dwain) Herman was born in Port Arthur Texas in 1937. He and his mother and grand-mother moved to Memphis, TN in 1941. When he was 8 yrs. old he saved his change, for ever it seemed. He bought a harmony guitar for eight dollars. He still has this guitar. When he was ten he bought a six string National steel guitar from a neighbor and learned how to play it.

By the time he was thirteen he had learned how to play well enough to win the Ted Mack Amateur Show, out of New York City.

Kenneth and Ronald Smith played music with Elvis Presley before he became THE Elvis. They took Elvis to radio station KWEM in West Memphis, where they were playing and that was the first time Elvis sang on the radio. They both played with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. Kenne once broke his little finger when Roy Orbison rolled up the electric window on his Cadillac. None of us had ever had seen electric windows before.

He went on to play the Steel at the Grand Ole Opry, Louisiana Hayride an all of the other places that played Country and Rockabilly Music. He played for Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, and many other artists. He played for several years at the Western Steak House & Lounge.

Kenny went on to buy the Sonic Recording Studio from a long time friend, Roland Janes. He owned three publishing companies. At one time he had four writers on his staff. He owns the publishing on hundreds of songs, many were hits down through the years.

He has since moved to the beach in Florida and owns ten places in St. Pete Beach.

He now has a recording studio in his home and a large collection of guitars. There were only three of these made and he owns two of them.

Kenny owns a car that belonged to his favorite movie star:
A. G. P.

Kenneth says, come see us on the beach. -

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