Music Makers Encyclopedia: K


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K’s Choice

Song(s):
Not an Addict (1996)


Bert Kaempfert

Song(s):
Wonderland by Night (1960)


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

Album(s):
Employment (2005)


Kajagoogoo

Song(s):
Too Shy (1983)


Kitty Kallen

Born 5/25/1921. Died 1/7/2016

American traditional pop singer.

Song(s):
Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (1944) – see Jimmy Dorsey
I’m Beginning to See the Light (1945) – see Harry James
Little Things Mean a Lot (1954)


Bert Kalmar


Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Song(s):
Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (1993)


John Kander

Musical theater songwriter born 3/18/1927 in Kansas City, MO.

Songs composed with Fred Ebb:
Cabaret (from Cabaret, 1968) – see Louis Armstrong
Maybe This Time (from Cabaret soundtrack, 1972) – see Liza Minnelli
All That Jazz (from Chicago, cast: Chita Rivera: 1975, soundtrack: Catherine Zeta-Jones & Rene Zellweger: 2002)

Album(s):
Cabaret (cast album composed with Fred Ebb: 1966, soundtrack: 1972)
Chicago (composed with Fred Ebb: 1975, soundtrack: 2003)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (composed with Fred Ebb, cast: 1992)


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).


Kaoma

Song(s):
Lambada (1989)


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

Jazz/big band leader born Samuel Zamocay, Jr. on 3/13/1910 in Lakewood, OH. 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)

Pop/disco singer (“Boogie Shoes”, “Please Don’t Go”) born Harry Wayne Casey on 1/31/1951 in Opa-Locka, FL.

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’

Song(s):
This Is My Home (2019)

Album(s):
Peace…Back by Popular Demand (2004)


Orrin Keepnews


Ben Keith


Toby Keith

Country singer Toby Keith Covel on 7/8/1961 in Clinton, OK.


Gene Kelly

Dancer, actor, and singer born Eugene Curran Kelly on 8/23/1912 in Pittsburgh, PA. Died 2/2/1996. Best known for performances in Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris.

Song(s):
For Me and My Gal (1942) – see Judy Garland
New York, New York (from On the Town, 1949)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)


Paula Kelly

Song(s):
Jeepers Creepers (Al Donahue with Paula Kelly, 1938)


R. Kelly

R&B singer and executive (Rockland Records) born Robert Sylvester Kelly on 1/8/1967 in Chicago, IL.

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

Jazz pianist born 12/2/1931 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 4/12/1971.


Hal Kemp

Bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer born James Hal Kemp on 3/27/1904 in Marion, AL. Died 12/21/1940.

Song(s):
There’s a Small Hotel (with Maxine Grey, from On Your Toes, 1936)
Where or When (with Bob Allen, 1937)


Jimmy Kennedy


Kenny G

– see G, Kenny


Stan Kenton

Jazz/big band leader born 12/15/1911 in Wichita, KS. Died 8/25/1979.

Song(s):
Artistry in Rhythm (1944)


Kentucky Serenaders

Song(s):
Rose of Washington Square (1920)
Black Bottom (with Johnny Hamp, 1926)


Jerome Kern

Musical theater composer born 1/27/1885 in New York City, NY. Died 11/11/1945. Composed 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
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (from Show Boat, 1928) – see Ben Bernie
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (from Show Boat, 1928) – see Helen Morgan
Bill (from Show Boat, 1928) – see Helen Morgan
Ol’ Man River (from Show Boat, 1932) – see Paul Robeson
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (from Roberta, 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 (from Very Warm for May, 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 (from Roberta, 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)
We R Who We R (2010)
Timber (2013) – see Pitbull


Francis Scott Key


Alicia Keys

R&B/pop singer and pianist born Alicia Augello Cook 1/25/1981 in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, NY.

Song(s):
Fallin’ (2001)
You Don’t Know My Name (2003)
No One (2007)
Empire State of Mind (2009) – see 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)


Khalid

Song(s):
1-800-273-8255 (2017) – see Logic
Eastside (2018) – see Benny Blanco


Chaka Khan (& Rufus)

R&B singer (“I Feel for You”) born Yvette Marie Stevens on 3/23/1953 in Naval Station Great Lakes, IL.

Song(s):
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 Ink

Song(s):
Worth It (2015) – see Fifth Harmony


Kid Rock

Song(s):
All Summer Long (2007)

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

American blues guitarist and singer born Albert Nelson on 4/25/1923 in Indianola, Mississippi. Died 12/21/1992.

Song(s):
Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

Album(s):
Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
Live Wire/Blues Power (1968)
I’ll Play the Blues for You (year?)


B.B. King

Blues singer and guitarist born Riley B. King on 9/16/1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Died 5/14/2015. 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):
Three O’Clock Blues (1951)
Everyday I Have the Blues (1955)
Sweet Little Angel (1956)
The Thrill Is Gone (1969)

Album(s):
Singin’ the Blues (1956)
Live at the Regal (live: 1964)
Live in Cook County Jail (1971)
Riding with the King (200) – see Eric Clapton


Ben E. King

R&B singer born Benjamin Earl Nelson on 9/28/1938 in Henderson, NC. Died 4/30/2015. 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 (1960)
Stand by Me (1961)


Carole King

Singer/songwriter and pianist born Carole Joan Klein on 2/9/1942 in Manhattan, NY. 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 (1960) – see the Shirelles
Up on the Roof (1962) – see the Drifters
The Loco-Motion (1962) – see Little Eva
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (1967) – see Aretha Franklin
You've Got a Friend (1971) – see James Taylor
The Loco-Motion (1974) – see Grand Funk Railroad
The Loco-Motion (1987) – see Kylie Minogue

Songs Written and Performed by King:
Top 50 Songs
It's Too Late (1971)
I Feel the Earth Move (1971)
You’ve Got a Friend (1971)

Album(s):
Tapestry (1971)


Evelyn “Champagne” King

Song(s):
Shame (1978)


Freddy King (aka Freddie King)

Blues guitarist born 9/3/1934 in Gilmer, TX. Died 12/28/1976. 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

Country singer born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski on 2/18/1914 in Abrams, W. Died 3/7/2000.

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


Wayne King

Jazz/big band leader born Harold Wayne King on 2/16/1901 in Savannna, IL. Died 7/16/1985.

Song(s):
Dream a Little Dream of Me (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)

Father Christmas (1977)

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

Music executive/manager born 4/17/1934 in Bronx, NY. Died 1/17/2011. 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

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):
Kiss: Top 20 Songs
Rock and Roll All Nite (1975)
Detroit Rock City (1976)
Beth (1976)
Lick It Up (1983)

Album(s):
Alive! (live, 1975)
Destroyer (1976)

The DMDB Blog:
Why Kiss Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2/12/2011)


Evgeny Kissin

Classical pianist.


Eartha Kitt

American singer born 1/17/1927. Died 12/25/2008.

Song(s):
Santa Baby (1953)


Viola Klaiss

Song(s):
Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin


Klaxons

Song(s):
Golden Skans (2007)

Album(s):
Myths of the Near Future (2007)


Allen Klein

Music manager for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.


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

Song(s):
A Little Bird Told Me (with the Stardusters, 1948)


Gladys Knight (& The Pips)

R&B singer born 5/28/1944 in Atlanta, GA. The Pips: 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):
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1967)
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”)


Suge Knight

Record executive (Death Row Records).


Mark Knopfler

Rrock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Dire Straits. Born 8/12/1949 in Glasgow, Scotland.


Beyonce Knowles

– see Beyoncé


Mathew Knowles

Record executive and manager for Destiny’s Child, which featured his daughter and future solo star Beyonce. Also father of R&B singer Solange.


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

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):
The Adventures of Robin Hood (soundtrack, 1938)
Violin Concerto (1945)


André Kostelanetz

Russian classical conductor and arranger born 12/22/1901. Died 1/13/1980.


Leo Kottke


Dave Koz


Kraftwerk

Electronic/synth-pop band from Dusseldorf, West Germany. 1970-. Ralf Hütter (v/k: 70-) is the one consistent member. Other long-term members included Karl Bartos (percussion/k: 75-91), Wolfgang Flür (percussion: 73-87) and Florian Schneider (k: 70-08).

Song(s):
Autobahn (1974)

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


Eddie Kramer

Producer born 4/19/1942 in Cape Town, South Africa. Worked with 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)


Kreator

Album(s):
Pleasure to Kill (1986)


Lenny Kravitz

Rock singer/songwriter (“It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” “Fly,” “Again”) born 5/26/1964 in Manhattan, NY.

Song(s):
Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)


Fritz Kreisler


Herbert Kretzmer

Song(s):
On My Own (from Les Misérables, 1985)
I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables, 2009) – see Susan Boyle

Album(s):
Les Misérables (stage debut: 1980, cast: 1985, soundtrack: 2012) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg


Kris Kross

Song(s):
Jump (1992)

Album(s):
Totally Krossed Out (1992)


Kris Kristofferson

Country singer/songwriter born 6/22/1936 in Brownsville, TX.

Songs written by Kristofferson:
Me and Bobby McGee (1971) – see Janis Joplin
Help Me Make It Through the Night (1971) – see Sammi Smith

Songs performed by Kristofferson:
Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen

Album(s):
Kristofferson (1970)


Lisa Kron

Album(s):
Fun Home (cast: 2013) – see Jeanine Tesori


Benny Krueger

Song(s):
I Cried for You (1923)


Gene Krupa

Jazz/big band leader and drummer born Eugene Bertram Krupa on 1/15/1909 in Chicago, IL. Died 10/16/1973.


Erich Kunzel


Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Afrobeat musician and composer born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 10/15/1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Died 8/2/1997.

Song(s):
Zombie (1977)

Album(s):
Zombie (1977)


Kygo

Song(s):
It Ain’t Me (with Selena Gomez, 2017)


Kay Kyser

Jazz/big band leader born James Kern Kyser on 6/18/1905 in Rocky Mount, NC. 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)


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, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by the DMDB.

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Last updated February 9, 2020.