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  • Ken Barnes is a writer, producer, broadcaster, musicologist, film historian, film maker, songwriter and music publisher who in the 1970s worked with Bing Crosby, Peter Sellers and Fred Astaire. In 1974, he convinced Johnny Mercer to record a two-disk collection of Mercer singing Mercer - with Johnny selecting his own favorites. These were the last recordings made by Mercer before his death in 1976. He is also the founder and CEO of The Laureate Company, a music and movie restoration Company. He wrote and delivered the DVD audio commentary on Citizen Kane and Holiday Inn, starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. The DVD also contains a supplemental documentary A Couple of Song and Dance Men in which he appears with Fred Astaire's daughter, Ava Astaire-MacKenzie.

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