Trying not to drag this out for too long, here we go with ‘K’. Don’t forget to play along. Any record, album, group, or singer, as long as the name begins with ‘K’.
I will start off with a British group that rose to fame in the 1960s, fronted by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They were successful until the band split in 1996, though Ray Davies continues to pursue a solo career to this day. Their distinctive ‘London’ sound, and some very unusual songs, gave them a large and loyal following. The first single I ever bought by them was this one, released in 1964, when I was just 12.
Really Got Me
A unique sound, and a song that has endured all my life. A favourite of film soundtracks, and something that appeals to a very wide audience. I was hooked from the first time I heard it, and had to search out the name of the group, so I could buy the single. It was by The Kingsmen, and I am sure that everyone reading this will have heard it, at least once in their life. Back to my ‘Mod’ days!
Another trip back to the soul music of my youth, this time from Eddie Floyd. This was a guaranteed floor-filler at any party during my early teens, and almost everyone remembers it. If they are old enough of course.
Knock On Wood
Kim Wilde was the pretty young daughter of British Rock and Roll star Marty Wilde. She inherited her father’s vocal talents, and embarked on a career of her own, in 1981. Her debut single was a huge hit, and she went on to become a much loved part of the music and TV scene here. These days, she has matured into an attractive 56 year-old woman, and presents gardening shows on television. This is from her heyday, and is still played all the time on the radio.
Kids In America
Prince was a huge talent in the music industry. Many of his songs were recorded by others, even though he usually recorded his own version too. This will not be the last of his songs to feature here, though it is a great fit for the letter ‘K’. (No official video is available)
My top choice today is once again from Steely Dan. As always, I make no apology for adding yet another of their wonderful songs to this A-Z. With a couple of exceptions, I could probably do the whole challenge from their back catalogue.
Please add your own choices for ‘K’. Look them up, there are more than you might imagine.