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Music Makers Encyclopedia: K

Click on a letter to choose a recording act (“S” for Bruce Springsteen, “B” for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards (see more here), short bios for select acts (generally taken or adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to all albums reviewed here at the DMDB.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z VARIOUS ARTISTS

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Bert Kaempfert


Irving Kahal


Gus Kahn

Song(s) written/co-written by Kahn:

  • Ain’t We Got Fun? (1921) – see Van & Schenck
  • Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye) (1922) – see Al Jolson
  • Carolina in the Morning (1923) – see Van & Schenck
  • It Had to Be You (1924) – see Isham Jones
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams (1925) – see Isham Jones
  • Yes Sir, That’s My Baby (1925) – see Gene Austin
  • Love Me or Leave Me (1929) – see Ruth Etting
  • Makin’ Whoopee (1929) – see Eddie Cantor
  • Little White Lies (1930) – see Fred Waring
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me (1931) – see Wayne King

    Roger Wolfe Kahn

    Song(s):

  • Sometimes I’m Happy (1927)

    Kaiser Chiefs

    Song(s):

  • I Predict a Riot (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Employment (2005)

    Kitty Kallen

    Born: 5/25/1922 Died:

    American traditional pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (1944) – see Jimmy Dorsey
  • Little Things Mean a Lot (1954)

    Bert Kalmar


    John Kander

    Born: 3/18/1927 in Kansas City, MO Died:

    Musical theater songwriter.

    Album(s):

  • with Fred Ebb (composers) – Cabaret (1972) ST

    Helen Kane

    Song(s):

  • I Wanna Be Loved by You (with Leonard Joy, 1928)

    Kansas

    Song(s):

  • Carry on Wayward Son (1976)
  • Dust in the Wind (1978)

    Album(s):

  • Leftoverture (1976)
  • Point of Know Return (1977)

    Paul Kanter

    Born: 3/17/1941 in San Francisco, CA Died: 1/28/2016

    Rock guitarist and singer with Jefferson Airplane (v/g: 65-72,89) and Jefferson Starship (v/g: 74-84; 91-01), KBC Band (85-87).


    Mike Kappus


    Anton Karas

    Song(s):

  • The Third Man Theme (1950)

    Kasabian

    Song(s):

  • Fire (2009)

    Album(s):

  • West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009)

    Irving Kaufman

    Song(s):

  • Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here (with the Columbia Quartet, 1918)

    Kaviar

    see Kevin Gilbert

    Peter Kay

    Song(s):

  • Is This the Way to Armadillo? (1971/2005) – see Tony Christie

    Carol Kaye


    Danny Kaye

    Album(s):

  • Hans Christan Andersen (soundtrack, 1953)

    Sammy Kaye

    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”).

    Song(s):

  • Love Walked In (with Tommy Ryan, 1938)
  • Daddy (1941)

    KC (& the Sunshine Band)

    Born: Harry Wayne Casey on 1/31/1951

    Pop/disco singer (“Boogie Shoes”, “Please Don’t Go”).

    Song(s):

  • That’s the Way I Like It (1975)
  • Get Down Tonight (1975)

    Ernie K-Doe


    Phil Keaggy


    Keane

    Song(s):

  • Somewhere Only We Know (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Hopes and Fears (2004)

    Keb’ Mo’

    Album(s):

  • Peace…Back by Popular Demand (2004)

    Ben Keith

    Toby Keith

    Born: 7/8/1961

    Country singer.


    Gene Kelly

    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

    Song(s):

  • For Me and My Gal (1942) – see Judy Garland
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

    Paula Kelly

    Song(s):

  • Jeepers Creepers (Al Donahue with Paula Kelly, 1938)

    R. Kelly

    Born: 1/8/1967

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • I Believe I Can Fly (1996)
  • Ignition (remix) (2002)
  • Trapped in the Closet (2005)

    Album(s):

  • 12 Play (1993)
  • R. (1998)

    Tom Kelly


    Wynton Kelly

    Born: 12/2/1931 Died: 4/12/1971

    Jamaican jazz pianist.


    Hal Kemp

    Born: 3/27/1904 Died: 12/21/1940

    American bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.


    Jimmy Kennedy


    Kenny G

    – see G, Kenny

    Stan Kenton

    Born: 12/15/1911 Died: 8/25/1979

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Artistry in Rhythm (1944)

    Kentucky Serenaders

    Song(s):

  • Rose of Washington Square (1920)
  • Black Bottom (with Johnny Hamp, 1926)

    Jerome Kern

    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

    Album(s):

  • Show Boat (composed with Oscar Hammerstein II, cast: 1927; soundtrack: 1951)

    Ke$ha

    Song(s):

  • Right Round (2009) – see Flo Rida
  • Tik Tok (2009)
  • Timber (2013) – see Pitbull

    Francis Scott Key


    Alicia Keys

    Born: 1/25/1981

    R&B singer/pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Fallin’ (2001)
  • You Don’t Know My Name (2003)
  • No One (2007)
  • Empire State of Mind (2009) – see with Jay-Z

    Album(s):

  • Songs in A Minor (2001)
  • The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
  • As I Am (2007)

    Aram Khachaturian

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (1936)

    Chaka Khan (& Rufus)

    Born: 3/23/1953 Died:

    R&B singer (“I Feel for You”).

    Song(s):

  • Sweet Thing (w/ Rufus, 1975)
  • I Feel for You (1984)

    Album(s):

  • Ask Rufus (1977)

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

    Born: 10/13/1948 in Pakistan Died: 8/16/1997

    Qawwali singer.


    Kid Rock

    Album(s):

  • Devil without a Cause (1998)

    Kids from Fame

    Album(s):

  • Kids from Fame (1982)

    Anthony Kiedis


    The Killers

    Song(s):

  • Mr. Brightside (2004)
  • All These Things That I’ve Done (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Hot Fuss (2004)
  • Sam’s Town (2006)

    Killing Joke

    Album(s):

  • Killing Joke (1980)
    Lemmy Kilmister

    Kimbra

    Song(s):

  • Somebody That I Used to Know (2011) – see Gotye

    Albert King

    Born: 4/25/1923 Died: 12/21/1992

    American blues guitarist and singer.

    Song(s):

  • Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

    Album(s):

  • Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
  • I’ll Play the Blues for You (year?)
  • Live Wire/Blues Power (year?)

    B.B. King

    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).

    Song(s):

  • 3 O’Clock Blues (1952)
  • Everyday I Have the Blues (1955)
  • Sweet Little Angel (1956)
  • The Thrill Is Gone (1969)

    Album(s):

  • Live at the Regal (1964) live
  • Live in Cook County Jail (1971)
  • Riding with the King (200) – see Eric Clapton

    Ben E. King

    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.

    Song(s):

  • Spanish Harlem (w. Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector, 1960)
  • Stand by Me (w. King with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1961)

    Carole King

    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)

    Album(s):

  • Tapestry (1971)

    Evelyn “Champagne” King

    Song(s):

  • Shame (1978)

    Freddy King (aka Freddie 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.

    Song(s):

  • Hide Away (1961)

    Album(s):

  • Freddy King Sings (1961)
  • Hide Away (1969)

    Mark King


    Pee Wee King

    Born: Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski on 2/18/1914 Died: 3/7/2000

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Tennessee Waltz (1948)
  • Slow Poke (Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys with Redd Stewart, 1951)

    Wayne King

    Born: 2/16/1901 Died: 7/16/1985

    Jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Dream a Little Dream of Me (w. by Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt, & Fabian Andre; with Ernie Birchill, 1931)
  • Goodnight Sweetheart (with Ernie Birchill, 1931)

    King Crimson

    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)

    Album(s):

  • In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
  • Larks’ Tongue in Aspic (1973)
  • Red (1974)

    Phil Kingsbury


    King’s College Choir

    Album(s):

  • Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge (1954)

    The Kingsmen

    Song(s):

  • Louie Louie (1963)

    Kings of Leon

    Song(s):

  • Sex on Fire (2008)
  • Use Somebody (2008)

    Album(s):

  • Only by the Night (2008)

    The Kingston Trio

    Song(s):

  • Tom Dooley (1958)

    Album(s):

  • The Kingston Trio (1958)
  • From the Hungry I (live, 1959)
  • At Large (1959)
  • Sold Out (1960)
  • String Along (1960)

    The Kinks

    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)

    Song(s):

  • You Really Got Me (1964)
  • A Well Respected Man (1965)
  • Waterloo Sunset (1967)
  • Lola (1970)

    Album(s):

  • Something Else (1967)
  • Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

    Andy Kirk

    Born: 5/28/1898 Died: 1992

    American jazz/big band leader.


    Don Kirshner

    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.


    Dorothy Kirsten


    Kiseki

    Song(s):

  • Greeeen (2009)

    Kiss

    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)

    Song(s):

  • Rock and Roll All Nite (1975)

    Album(s):

  • Alive! (1975) live
  • Destroyer (1976)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Why Kiss Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2/12/2011)

    Eartha Kitt

    Born: 1/17/1927 Died: 12/25/2008

    American singer.


    Viola Klaiss

    Song(s):

  • Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin

    Klaxons

    Song(s):

  • Golden Skans (2007)

    Album(s):

  • Myths of the Near Future (2007)

    The KLF

    Album(s):

  • Chill Out (1990)

    Olive Kline

    Song(s):

  • They Didn't Believe Me (1915) – see Harry MacDonough
  • Hello Frisco! (with Edward Hamilton, 1915)
  • Kiss Me Again (1916)

    The Knack

    Song(s):

  • My Sharona (1979)

    The Knickerbocker Quartet

    Song(s):

  • Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile (1917)

    Evelyn Knight


    Gladys Knight (& The Pips)

    Born: 5/28/1944

    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.

    Song(s):

  • Midnight Train to Georgia (1973)
  • That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick

    Holly Knight

    Rock songwriter.

    Songwriting credits include:

  • Aerosmith (“Rag Doll”)
  • Animotion (“Obsession”)
  • Pat Benatar (“Love Is a Battlefield”, “Invincible”)
  • Heart (“Never”)
  • Scandal (“The Warrior”)
  • Rod Stewart (“Love Touch”)
  • Tina Turner (“Better Be Good to Me”, “The Best”)
  • John Waite (“Change”)

    Mark Knopfler

    Born: 8/12/1949

    British rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Dire Straits.


    Beyonce Knowles

    – see Beyoncé

    Buddy Knox

    Song(s):

  • Party Doll (1957)

    Ted Koehler

    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

    Bob Koester


    Kool & The Gang

    Song(s):

  • Ladies Night (1979)
  • Celebration (1980)

    Al Kooper

    Born: 2/5/1944

    Rock keyboardist with Blood, Sweat & Tears who also worked with Bob Dylan.


    Korn

    Song(s):

  • Freak on a Leash (1999)

    Album(s):

  • Korn (1994)
  • Follow the Leader (1998)

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Violin Concerto (1945)

    André Kostelanetz

    Born: 12/22/1901 Died: 1/13/1980

    Russian classical conductor and arranger.


    Leo Kottke


    Dave Koz


    Kraftwerk

    Song(s):

  • Autobahn (1974)

    Album(s):

  • Autobahn (1974)
  • Trans Europa Express (1977)
  • Die Mensch Maschine (The Man Machine) (1978)
  • Computer World (1981)

    Eddie Kramer

    Born: 1942 in Cape Town, South Africa Died:

    Producer for Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Peter Frampton.


    Alison Krauss (& Union Station)

    Born: 7/23/1971 Died:

    American country/bluegrass singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Lucky One (& Union Station, 2001)
  • Please Read the Letter (with Robert Plant, 2007)

    Album(s):

  • Raising Sand (with Robert Plant, produced by T-Bone Burnett, 2007)

    Lenny Kravitz

    Born: 5/26/1964 Died:

    Rock singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)

    Fritz Kreisler


    Herbert Kretzmer

    Album(s):

  • Les Misérables (cast: 1985) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg

    Kris Kross

    Song(s):

  • Jump (1992)

    Kris Kristofferson

    Born: 6/22/1936 Died:

    Country singer/songwriter.

    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

    Album(s):

  • Kristofferson (1970)

    Gene Krupa

    Born: 1/15/1909 Died: 10/16/1973

    jazz/big band drummer and bandleader.


    Erich Kunzel


    Fela Anikulapo Kuti

    Born: 10/15/1938 Died: 8/2/1997

    Nigerian afrobeat musician and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Zombie (1977)

    Album(s):

  • Zombie (1977)

    Kay Kyser

    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.

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Kyuss

    Album(s):

  • Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)

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      Last updated Feb. 13, 2017.