Artists – K

Kajagoogoo

Kajagoogoo began life as a prog rock band called Art Nouveau - and then they met singer Chris Hamill who rearranged the letters of his surname and became Limahl. Given an unseemly leg-up by the attentions of their producer (Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran) and then Radio 1 DJ Paul Gambaccini, Kajagoogoo's debut single, Too Shy, sneaked to #1(...)

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope - the American one, featuring David Lindley - purveyed a truly idiosyncratic mix of jug band stompers, psych pop, blues, bluegrass and neo-Egyptian instrumentals. Much favoured by fans like Jimmy Page (who loved the guitar interplay and sonic ambition), their four albums for Epic from 1967 to 1970 were unbalanced but intriguing objects. Like a mind-boggling(...)

Kaleidoscope (UK)

Kaleidoscope were formed in Acton in 1963 as The Sidekicks but changed their name to The Key in 1965 when they were joined by their new lead singer, Peter Daltrey. At the beginning of 1967 they signed to Fontana releasing their first single Flight From Ashiya in a full picture sleeve to rave reviews and(...)

Kansas

Steve Walsh Vocals, keyboards Kerry Livgren Guitar, keyboards, vocals Robby Steinhardt Violin, vocals Rich Williams Guitar, vocals Dave Hope Bass, vocals Phil Ehart Drums, vocals John Elefante Vocals, keyboards Steve Morse Guitar Billy Greer Bass

Kate Bush

EMI signed Kate Bush in 1974 when she was still a 16 year old schoolgirl. She was given the deal on the strength of demo tapes sponsored by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, but the record company decided to let her highly personal style - words, music, dance, mime, squeaky voice - develop in its own(...)

Katrina And The Waves

Katrina And The Waves

Formed in Cambridge (UK) in 1981, Katrina and the Waves were headed up by Kansas-born Katrina Leskanich. Greying drummer Alex Cooper was an upper-class Britisher who could just as easily have been "working for the City of London and making a quarter of a million bucks a year." Guitarist/songwriter Kimberley Rew (Walking On Sunshine, Going Down(...)

KC And The Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band comprised, in the main, session musicians from the TK Studios which were owned by Henry Stone (who had run a record distribution company in the United States for 20 years). Harry Casey ("KC") started out singing in church and in various little local talent shows around Miami. Smith and Johnson(...)

Keef Hartley Band, The

Lancashire drummer Keef Hartley, well known for his flamboyant dress-sense (he often dressed as an American Indian - sometimes in full headdress and war paint) replaced Ringo Starr in Rory Storm and The Hurricanes when Ringo moved on to pastures greener. Hartley also eventually found new pastures with The Artwoods and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Beginning with debut album, Halfbreed (1969), Hartley went on to record seven acclaimed works(...)

Keith Christmas

Keith Christmas is more remembered for his name than for his work. He started out as a basic guitar-wielding singer/songwriter and gravitated into a lyrical kind of folk rock. By the time of his third album, Pygmy (1971), he was fronting elaborate Robert Kirby arrangements complete with a choir and the baroque keyboard adornment of Rod Argent . His high(...)

Kelpies, The

The Kelpies formed in Sydney (Australia) in March 1981 with a line-up of James Gelding (vocals), Mark Easton (guitar), Brian Conolly (guitar), Con Murphy (bass) and Ashley Thomson(drums). Con and Mark had previously played in Sydney punk band Suicide Squad. Mark Easton had also previously played with the delicately named Vic Vomit and the Varicose(...)

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd, OBE, Britain's King of Comedy, was also a major recording artist in the 1960s with hits like Tears (one of the biggest selling UK singles of all time), Love is Like a Violin and many other slushy sentimental songs, much loved by mums and grandmas. Ken Dodd burst onto the local holiday scene in 1955, still virtually(...)

Kenickie

Lauren Laverne is well known to radio listeners and TV viewers now, but in the mid-90s she came to prominence as the frontwoman of this spiky Sunderland four-piece whose colourful, witty and in-yer-face attitude caught the attention of John Peel and Saint Etienne (who got them signed to EMI). The band formed in 1994, taking their name from their favourite(...)

Kenny

All the pop fans wanted to see Kenny when their record made the charts. But when the group was invited to appear on Top of the Pops, it's creators were in trouble - for there wasn't any Kenny . . . Songwriters Bill Martin and Phil Coulter had used session musicians to record their hit The Bump.(...)

Kenny Lynch

Born and bred in Stepney, East London, Kenny was one of thirteen children. He began singing with his sister, Gladys, who was a jazz singer working under the name of Maxine Daniels. In 1960, he was signed to EMI’s HMV label where his first single, a cover of Harold Dorman’s American top thirty hit, Mountain(...)

Kevin Ayers

Founder member of Soft Machine and sometime member of Gong, Kevin Ayers' career is a snapshot of the English underground across four decades. Patchy, erratic and often unclassifiably brilliant, his solo work remains a strange catalogue of delights. John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it".(...)

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