By Betsy Thorpe
“The good thing about our past is that is passed”.
From Andy Williams to Yoko Ono, Between Wyomings, My God and an iPod on the Open Road begins by naming many of the Stars that populated Ken Mansfield’s personal and professional universe for more than 30 years.
On January 5 1965, at the age of 27, Ken Mansfield went to work for Capitol Records where he would soon become responsible for the recording careers of The Beatles, The Band, the Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell and many other musical icons of the era. In 1968, the Beatles designated Mansfield the U.S. Manager of Apple Records. As a member of the Beatles inner-circle Ken Mansfield was on the roof-top of Apple Records when the band gave their final live performance on January 30, 1969. Soon after the break-up of the Beatles Mansfield became president of Barnaby Records a label owned by Andy Williams. After leaving the label in 1973 he set up his own company, Hometown Productions. Working with country artists like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter, Mansfield helped establish and promote the brand of music known as Outlaw Country.
For almost twenty years Ken Mansfield lived a rock and roll life full of glamour and excessive living. But by the time he moved to Nashville in 1984 he was financially destitute and broken spiritually. A few years later he made the personal acquaintance of Jesus Christ and Ken Mansfield and his life started to change.
Today Ken Mansfield is an ordained minister. He has touched the lives of people throughout the United States on what he calls his “Magical Ministry Tour,” by offering a message full of forgiveness, hope and salvation.
In his third book, Between Wyomings, Ken Mansfield reveals the story he discovered after he allowed his mind to explore and revisit the highways and by-ways he followed throughout his life’s journey. “Like a Christian on acid,” in a van named Moses, Mansfield takes the reader on a trip that is “factual invention,” a spiritual quest, and rock and roll history.