Teene, Terry

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Teene, Terry Gender: M
Terence Blaine Knutson
born on 6 February 1942 at 17:34 (= 5:34 PM )
Place Fort Dodge, Iowa, 42n30, 94w10
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 17°34' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 26°20 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 18°01'

Terry Teene (performing in Tyler, Texas, 2009)
photo: Buddpaul, license cc-by-3.0


American musician, vocalist, songwriter, and entertainer, most commonly known for the 1961 novelty hit "Curse of the Hearse". According to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he recorded over 300 distinct songs and played on 100 or more released recordings, performing as a "major artist" on 25 of them. He has recorded under 70 names and appeared in over 500 nightclubs, by his own count.

Teene began a second parallel career as a clown. He performed under the names of "ToBo the Clown" and "Clownzo". He was president of the Cavalcade of Clowns, an association of professional clowns and related entertainers, from 1978 through 1980.

Teene was also a writer and a teacher, who produced three books on clowning and show business. He taught "Clownology" and "The Business of Show Business."

On 7 March 2012, Teene was severely injured in Tyler, Texas, when the bicycle he was riding struck a tow truck. He died on 9 March 2012 at age 70 as a result of the accident.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file ("Terry Blaine Knutson").


  • Personal : Death : Accidental
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Circus/ Animal acts ("ToBo the Clown" and "Clownzo")
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Terry and the Pirates)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Writers : How To .... (Clown)