Artists – A to K

Knack, The

The Knack exemplified American New Wave - a short haired, 60s-influenced band playing straight-ahead pop-rock while sporting skinny ties and modish suits. Charting worldwide in 1979 with the catchy, syncopated My Sharona, The Knack were briefly a bona fide pop sensation. The single blared on car radios throughout that summer, and their debut album, Get The Knack, sold 5 million(...)

Knickerbockers, The

The Knickerbockers formed in 1962, when the Cecchino brothers, Beau and John, met former boy-wonder Buddy Randell. Singer, songwriter and sax player Randell was 16 when his group The Royal Teens hit it big in 1958 with Short Shorts, but his career went on hold when his parents made him finish high school. Guitarist Beau and bassist(...)

Koko Taylor

Koko Taylor - so named because of her lifelong fondness for chocolate - was born in 1928 and earned the title "Queen of the Blues" after cutting her teeth on Chicago's club scene in the early 1950s. She had moved there from Tennessee with future husband Robert 'Pops' Taylor, armed - in Koko's words -(...)


Like every other self-respecting musical movement in the early 70s, Pub Rock had its own 'supergroup' in the shape of Kokomo. Named after an Aretha Franklin song (First Snow in Kokomo) the band consisted of guitarist Neil Hubbard and bassist Alan Spenner from Joe Cocker's Greaseband, saxophonist Mel Collins from King Crimson, guitarist Jim Mullen and drummer Terry Stannard from Vinegar Joe and(...)

Koobas, The

Possibly the least-known of Brian Epstein's post-Beatles charges from the Merseybeat era, The Koobas formed in 1962 and broke up in 1968. Their story read like virtually every other Liverpool beat group: four young guys growing up in post-war Merseyside left school to play in various local groups before hitting on the right combination and forming their own band.(...)

Kool & The Gang

Beginning as The Jazziacs in Jersey City in 1964, the band renamed themselves Kool and the Flames. The band's break came via the efforts of James Brown's bus driver, who envisioned a career behind the mike instead of behind the wheel. He enlisted Kool and the Flames as a backup band for a demo session(...)


The word "unique" is over-used in music, but Kraftwerk have a stronger claim than most to the tag. Organist Ralf Hütter and woodwind student Florian Schneider-Esleben met while they were studying improvised music in Dusseldorf, Germany. They drew on the influence of experimental electronic forces such as composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and Tangerine Dream to create minimalist music(...)

Kris Jensen

Of Danish/Finnish descent, singer/guitarist Kris Jensen was Nashville-based and managed by Wesley Rose. His one and only hit was Torture, a song penned by John D Loudermilk. Roy Orbison also wrote songs for Jensen but he quickly disappeared from sight, though his records are still sought-after by the rockabilly community.

Kris Kristofferson

By the time Kris Kristofferson recorded his debut album in 1970 he had already been a Rhodes Scholar, a failed British recording artists (under the name Kris Carson), a US Air Force helicopter pilot, had played the Isle Of Wight Festival, been befriended and championed by Johnny Cash, written hits for Jerry Lee Lewis and Roger Miller, and(...)

Kristine Sparkle

As Christine Holmes in the 1960s, Ms Sparkle had a respected solo and session standing which included a successful stint in The Family Dogg. By the early 70's a glam rock reinvention was thought the best way to catch the hit mood of the emerging sub-teen record market. Cue Glitter Band-style drums, fuzz-guitars, and hand-claps all the way(...)

Kula Shaker

If Blur were the McCartney of the Britpop party, and Oasis were the Lennon, Kula Shaker were the George Harrison. Heavily influenced by Indian music, their debut album K was a reawakening of that moment in the 60s when groovy pop got a bit giddy on sitars and began to take itself incredibly seriously. Their(...)

Kursaal Flyers, The

Named after a seaside amusement arcade at Southend in Essex, and fronted by Paul Shuttleworth (who could out-spiv Arthur Daley on a charabanc trip), The Kursaal Flyers brought all the fun of the fair to Pub Rock. With a banjo-playing bass player and a pedal-steel guitarist, they wore their country rock hearts on their brightly coloured(...)

Kylie Minogue

Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1968, Kylie Minogue began an acting career at the age of 11 when she appeared in the Australian television shows Skyways and The Sullivans, but it was not until she left high school in 1986 that she landed the role she became famous for - Charlene in Neighbours. In 1987, at the age(...)

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