Kenneth Ewing Scott, 1935-2006|
His band was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame!
By DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR. - STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER - May 22, 2006
FORT WORTH -- On Monday, Ken Scott smiled broadly and tried to sing along despite having been
partially paralyzed by a stroke a few years ago.
The 70-year-old had to try for one reason -- rockabilly.
Glenn Pauls of North Richland Hills was at Mr. Scott's care center in Keller on Monday, playing and
singing the old songs of The Strikes, a rockabilly band that Mr. Scott and friends formed back in
the 1950s. Pauls, whose wife works at the Keller Oaks Healthcare Center, had discovered that Mr.
Scott was a patient and knew of The Strikes' music. He took time to learn their songs and played
them Monday for Mr. Scott and other patients.
"Dad just loved it," said Lisa Hula of Fort Worth, one of Mr. Scott's daughters.
Three days later, Mr. Scott died of complications from his stroke.
Born Sept. 30, 1935, Mr. Scott grew up in Graham and graduated from high school there in 1954. He
taught himself the ukulele and guitar and also played the trumpet in high school.
But it was his love for the guitar and playing music with five friends that exposed him to
rockabilly -- the earliest form of rock 'n' roll, mixing blues, hillbilly boogie, bluegrass and
Mr. Scott was attending North Texas State College in Denton when The Strikes were formed. His sister
said the name came from someone telling members they would "strike out" as a band.
"They played all over North Texas," said Martha Kaye Morgan of Bedford, Mr. Scott's sister. "One
time, Roy Orbison was over, and he started playing with them. Of course, this was way before he
Zada Davis Scott, Mr. Scott's wife, said The Strikes drew huge crowds wherever they played.
"I thought it was all fabulous," Zada Scott said Saturday. "But it came to end pretty fast because
one of the guys got drafted and others got married."
The Strikes were together for less than two years.
Still, Mr. Scott kept writing songs. Morgan said her brother's song Baby I'm Sorry was on Ricky
Nelson's first album in 1959.
The Strikes' music earned them a spot in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, established in March 1997 in
Burns, Tenn., about 30 miles west of Nashville.
But for Mr. Scott, The Strikes were just one chapter in his life. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan
College with a degree in chemistry. He worked as a medical sales representative for more than 30
years and raised three children.
Mr. Scott talked to close friends about his time with The Strikes, but for the most part, he kept it
to himself in recent years. Until the concert Monday.
"I think it was great that rockabilly was a part of his life for a short time," said Rhonda Davis of
Abilene, another of Mr. Scott's daughters. "To me, he was Dad, a very easygoing man who loved life."
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