Ken Mansfield

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Ken Mansfield

Grammy Award-winning record producer, former U.S. Manager of Apple Records, a high-ranking executive for several record labels, songwriter and the author of three books add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1937.

Countries: United States (60%), United Kingdom (20%), Canada (10%)

Main connections: Waylon Jennings, Claudine Longet, Judy Garland

Linked to: San Diego State University, The Beach Boys, The Beatles




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Ken Mansfield was born in 1937 add something


Since the 1960s, Mansfield has been associated with an array of notable performers including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, Roy Orbison, Don Ho, the Imperials, Tompall Glaser, Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Lou Rawls, Andy Williams, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Eric Burdon, Badfinger, Ray Stevens, Jackie Lomax, The Four Freshmen, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, David Cassidy, Nick Gilder, Claudine Longet and Jessi Colter add something


Armed with his marketing degree and a borrowed suit, he was interviewed and hired in January 1965 as the company's District Promotion Manager West Coast, making him one of the youngest executives with the firm add something


In 1967 when the Beatles decided to form their own corporation, they turned to Mansfield to run their record division and named him the U.S. Manager of Apple Records beginning in 1968 add something


When the song was released in September 1968, it topped the "Billboard" charts for nine weeks and became the Beatles' best selling single of all time add something


In his position as an Apple executive and personal liaison for the Beatles between the UK and US, Mansfield was among a handful of eyewitnesses to join The Beatles as they performed their legendary last-ever gig on the rooftop of their London headquarters on January 30, 1969, which was captured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, "Let It Be" add something


Two years later he was hired by Andy Williams to be the president of his CBS record company, Barnaby Records in 1971 - an artist roster that over the years boasted Ray Stevens, Jimmy Buffett, the Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Lenny Welch and Claudine Longet add something


Mansfield's five-year producer tenure with the Outlaws started in 1973 with the track "We Had It All" from the classic Waylon Jennings album, "Honky Tonk Heroes" add something


Waylon Jennings - In 1976, Jennings released "Are You Ready for the Country", Jennings wanted the record to be produced by Los Angeles producer Ken Mansfield


After a born-again experience in the late 1980s, Mansfield rebounded in his personal and professional life add something


While the 1980s were a decade of prosperity for most Americans, they were not for Mansfield add something


Facing insurmountable debt, he was financially and spiritually broken when he arrived in Nashville in 1984 add something


He produced the legendary Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band's 1991 album, "Homecoming" add something


In 2000, the former record executive-turned-producer embarked on a literary career with "The Beatles, The Bible and Bodega Bay" add something


The new millennium brought even greater fortunes to Mansfield, who penned "The Beatles, The Bible and Bodega Bay" in 2000 add something


Mansfield's third book, "Between Wyomings," published by Thomas Nelson, was released on June 9, 2009 add something


Mansfield's third book, "Between Wyomings", published by Thomas Nelson, was released on June 9, 2009 add something


Mansfield published his fifth book, "Rock and a Heart Place," on May 1, 2015 add something


In 2018, Mansfield published two books with Post Hill Press, the novel, "Philco" on May 29, 2018, and "The Roof: The Beatles' Finale Concert" on November 13, 2018 add something