West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009)
Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here (with the Columbia Quartet, 1918)
Kaviar – see Kevin Gilbert
Is This the Way to Armadillo? (1971/2005) – see Tony Christie
Hans Christan Andersen (soundtrack, 1953)
Born: 3/13/1910 Died: 6/2/1987
Durable leader of popular “sweet” dance band with the slogan “Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye.” Also clarinet and alto saxman, as well as a composer (“Remember Pearl Harbor”).
Love Walked In (with Tommy Ryan, 1938)
Born: Harry Wayne Casey on 1/31/1951
Pop/disco singer (“Boogie Shoes”, “Please Don’t Go”).
That’s the Way I Like It (1975)
Get Down Tonight (1975)
Somewhere Only We Know (2004)
Hopes and Fears (2004)
Peace…Back by Popular Demand (2004)
About: Dancer, actor, and singer best known for performances in Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris.
Born: Eugene Curran Kelly on 8/23/1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Died: 2/2/1996
For Me and My Gal (1942) – see Judy Garland
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Jeepers Creepers (Al Donahue with Paula Kelly, 1938)
I Believe I Can Fly (1996)
Ignition (remix) (2002)
Trapped in the Closet (2005)
12 Play (1993)
Born: 12/2/1931 Died: 4/12/1971
Jamaican jazz pianist.
Born: 3/27/1904 Died: 12/21/1940
American bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.
Kenny G – see G, Kenny
Born: 12/15/1911 Died: 8/25/1979
American jazz/big band leader.
Artistry in Rhythm (1944)
Rose of Washington Square (1920)
Black Bottom (with Johnny Hamp, 1926)
Born: 1/27/1885 in New York City, NY Died: 11/11/1945
Musical theater composer of more than 700 songs used in more than 100 stage works. Collaborated with many of his era’s greatest lyricists, including Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Yip Harburg, and Johnny Mercer. Created dozens of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films over a career lasting more than four decades.
Songs Composed by Kern:
They Didn't Believe Me (1915) – see Harry MacDonough
Look for the Silver Lining (1921) – see Marion Harris
Who? (1926) – see George Olsen
Bill (1928) – see Helen Morgan
Ol’ Man River (1932) – see Paul Robeson
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1933) – see Paul Whiteman
Yesterdays (1933) – see Leo Reisman
The Way You Look Tonight (1936) – see Fred Astaire
A Fine Romance (1936) – see Fred Astaire
All the Things You Are (1939) – see Tommy Dorsey
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1940) – see Kate Smith
Long Ago and Far Away (1944) – see Dick Haymes
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1958) – see The Platters
Show Boat (composed with Oscar Hammerstein II, cast: 1927; soundtrack: 1951)
Right Round (2009) – see Flo Rida
Tik Tok (2009)
Timber (2013) – see Pitbull
Francis Scott Key
You Don’t Know My Name (2003)
No One (2007)
Empire State of Mind (2009) – see with Jay-Z
Songs in A Minor (2001)
The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
As I Am (2007)
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (1936)
Born: 3/23/1953 Died:
R&B singer (“I Feel for You”).
Sweet Thing (w/ Rufus, 1975)
I Feel for You (1984)
Ask Rufus (1977)
Born: 10/13/1948 in Pakistan Died: 8/16/1997
Devil without a Cause (1998)
Kids from Fame
Kids from Fame (1982)
Mr. Brightside (2004)
All These Things That I’ve Done (2004)
Hot Fuss (2004)
Sam’s Town (2006)
Killing Joke (1980)
Somebody That I Used to Know (2011) – see Gotye
Born: 4/25/1923 Died: 12/21/1992
American blues guitarist and singer.
Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
I’ll Play the Blues for You (year?)
Live Wire/Blues Power (year?)
Born: Riley B. King on 9/16/1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi
The most famous blues singer/guitarist in the world today. Moved to Memphis in 1946. Own radio show on WDIA-Memphis, 1949-50, when he was dubbed "The Beale Street Blues Boy," later shortened to "Blues Boy," then simply "B.B." First blues singer to tour the USSR (1979).
3 O’Clock Blues (1952)
Everyday I Have the Blues (1955)
Sweet Little Angel (1956)
The Thrill Is Gone (1969)
Live at the Regal (1964) live
Live in Cook County Jail (1971)
Riding with the King (200) – see Eric Clapton
Born: Benjamin Earl Nelson on 9/28/38 in Henderson, NC
R&B singer. Moved to New York in 1947. Worked with the Moonglows for six months while still in high school. Joined the Five Crowns in 1957, which became the new Drifters in 1959. Went solo in 1960.
Spanish Harlem (w. Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector, 1960)
Stand by Me (w. King with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1961)
Born: Carole Klein on 2/9/42 in Brookly, NY
Singer/songwriter/pianist. Married lyricist Gerry Goffin in 1958; they wrote a number of hits together as part of the famous Brill Building team. Divorced in 1968. She recorded her first solo album in 1970 and became a Grammy darling the next year with four awards.
Songs Written by Carole King:
Will You Love Me Tomorrow (written with Gerry Goffin, performed by the Shirelles, 1960)
Up on the Roof (written with Gerry Goffin, performed by the Drifters, 1962)
The Loco-Motion (written with Gerry Goffin, performed by Little Eva, 1962)
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (written with Gerry Goffin & Jerry Wexler, performed by Aretha Franklin, 1967)
You've Got a Friend (1971)
Songs Written and Performed by King:
It's Too Late (1971)
You’ve Got a Friend (1971)
I Feel the Earth Move (1971)
Evelyn “Champagne” King
Born: 9/3/1934 in Gilmer, Texas Died: 12/28/1976
About: American blues guitarist and singer nicknamed “The Texas Cannonball”. Acknowledged as an important influence by the likes of Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana. After his family moved to Chicago in 1950, he learned from blues masters like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Jimmie Rodgers.
Hide Away (1961)
Freddy King Sings (1961)
Hide Away (1969)
Born: Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski on 2/18/1914 Died: 3/7/2000
American country singer.
Tennessee Waltz (1948)
Slow Poke (Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys with Redd Stewart, 1951)
Born: 2/16/1901 Died: 7/16/1985
Jazz/big band leader.
Dream a Little Dream of Me (w. by Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt, & Fabian Andre; with Ernie Birchill, 1931)
Goodnight Sweetheart (with Ernie Birchill, 1931)
English progressive rock group.
Active: 1969- Members: Robert Fripp (g/k/mellotron: 69-75,81-84,94-96), Greg Lake (v/b: 69-70), Ian McDonald (k/woodwinds/mellotron: 69, 74-75; g, k – Foreigner: 76-80), Michael Giles (d: 69-70), Gordon Haskell (v: 70-71), Keith Tippet (piano; 70-72), Mel Collins (sax, flute: 70-72, 75), Peter Giles (b: 70), Raymond "Boz" Burrell (b – King Crimson: 71-72; Bad Company: 73-87,99), Ian Wallace (d: 71), David Cross (violin, viola, mellotron, k: 73-75), John Wetton (b/v: 73-75), Bill Bruford (d: 73-75,81-84,94-96), Jamie Muir (percussion: 73-74), Robin Miller (woodwinds: 74), Tony Levin (b, Chapman Stick: 81-84,94-96), Adrian Belew (v/g/k: 81-84,94-96), Trey Gunn (Chapman Stick: 94-96), Pat Mastelotto (d: 94-96)
In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
Larks’ Tongue in Aspic (1973)
King’s College Choir
Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge (1954)
Louie Louie (1963)
Sex on Fire (2008)
Use Somebody (2008)
Only by the Night (2008)
The Kingston Trio
Tom Dooley (1958)
The Kingston Trio (1958)
From the Hungry I (live, 1959)
At Large (1959)
Sold Out (1960)
String Along (1960)
Rock group formed in London.
Active: 1963-1994 Members: Ray Davies (v/g), Dave Davies (g/v), Peter Quaife (b), Mike Avory (d). Numerous personnel changes during the ‘70s. Ian Gibbons (k: 81-89), Bob Henrit (d – Argent: 81-95), Jim Rodford (b – Argent; Kinks: 81-95)
You Really Got Me (1964)
A Well Respected Man (1965)
Waterloo Sunset (1967)
Something Else (1967)
Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
Born: 5/28/1898 Died: 1992
American jazz/big band leader.
Born: 4/17/1934 in Bronx, New York Died: 1/17/2011
About: Known as “The Man with the Golden Ear”. Worked as a songwriter at New York’s famous Brill Building. Was pivotal in creating The Monkees and The Archies. Hosted live TV music show Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert from 1973-1982.
About: Hard rock group formed in New York City. Noted for elaborate makeup and highly theatrical stage shows. Group appeared without makeup for the first time in 1983 on album cover Lick It Up, but returned to performing in their elaborate makeup and costumes.
Active: 1973- Members: Gene Simmons (b/v), Paul Stanley (rhythm g/v), Paul “Ace” Frehley (g/v: 73-82, 96-), Peter Criss (d/v: 73-81, 96-), Eric Carr (d/v: 81-91; died of cancer on 11/25/91), Vinnie Vincent (g: 82-84), Mark St. John (g: 84-85), Bruce Kulick (g: 85-96), Eric Singer (d: 91-96)
Rock and Roll All Nite (1975)
Alive! (1975) live
The DMDB Blog:
Why Kiss Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2/12/2011)
Born: 1/17/1927 Died: 12/25/2008
Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin
Golden Skans (2007)
Myths of the Near Future (2007)
Chill Out (1990)
They Didn't Believe Me (1915) – see Harry MacDonough
Hello Frisco! (with Edward Hamilton, 1915)
Kiss Me Again (1916)
My Sharona (1979)
The Knickerbocker Quartet
Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile (1917)
Knight is a R&B singer who fronted an R&B family group from Atlanta, GA: Gladys Knight, her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and sister Brenda (58-59) with cousins William and Eleanor Guest (58-59). Named “Pips” for their manager, cousin James “Pips” Woods. First recorded for Brunswick in 1958. Later members: cousins Edward Patten (59-; died of a stroke on 2/25/2005 at age 65) and Langston George (59-62). Due to legal problems, Gladys couldn’t record with the Pips from 1977-80.
Midnight Train to Georgia (1973)
That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
Songwriting credits include:
Aerosmith (“Rag Doll”)
Pat Benatar (“Love Is a Battlefield”, “Invincible”)
Scandal (“The Warrior”)
Rod Stewart (“Love Touch”)
Tina Turner (“Better Be Good to Me”, “The Best”)
John Waite (“Change”)
British rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Dire Straits.
Beyonce Knowles – see Beyoncé
Party Doll (1957)
Song(s) written by Koehler:
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (with Harold Arlen, 1933) – see Ethel Waters
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (with Harold Arlen, 1933) – see Lena Horne
Kool & The Gang
Ladies Night (1979)
Rock keyboardist with Blood, Sweat & Tears who also worked with Bob Dylan.
Freak on a Leash (1999)
Follow the Leader (1998)
Violin Concerto (1945)
Born: 12/22/1901 Died: 1/13/1980
Russian classical conductor and arranger.
Trans Europa Express (1977)
Die Mensch Maschine (The Man Machine) (1978)
Computer World (1981)
Born: 1942 in Cape Town, South Africa Died:
Producer for Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Peter Frampton.
Born: 7/23/1971 Died:
American country/bluegrass singer.
The Lucky One (& Union Station, 2001)
Please Read the Letter (with Robert Plant, 2007)
Raising Sand (with Robert Plant, produced by T-Bone Burnett, 2007)
Born: 5/26/1964 Died:
Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)
Les Misérables (cast: 1985) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg
Born: 6/22/1936 Died:
Songs written by Kristofferson:
Me and Bobby McGee (performed by Janis Joplin, 1971)
Help Me Make It Through the Night (performed by Sammi Smith, 1971)
Songs performed by Kristofferson:
Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen
Born: 1/15/1909 Died: 10/16/1973
jazz/big band drummer and bandleader.
Born: 10/15/1938 Died: 8/2/1997
Nigerian afrobeat musician and composer.
Born: 6/18/1905 Died: 7/23/1985
Among the most popular of “sweet” dance bands, best known for his radio “Kollege of Musical Knowledge”, singers Harry Babbitt & Ginny Simms, and trumpet personality Ish Kabibble.
There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the Cliffs of Dover (1941)
Jingle, Jangle, Jingle (with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway, 1942)
Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition (with Glee Club, 1942)
He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings (with Harry Babbitt, 1942)
Ole Buttermilk Sky (with Michael Douglas, 1946)
On a Slow Boat to China (Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt and Gloria Wood, 1948)
Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)
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