K is for… Kay
Kay was an American guitar brand that originally operated from the 1920s to the late '60s. Like Valco and Danelectro, Kay produced guitars for department stores.
Over the years Kay models have been played by blues royalty including Jack White, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Big Joe Williams. Kay was sold to its rival Valco (manufacturer of Airline and Supro guitars) in 1967. The name was eventually used on a range of poorly made guitars and amps built in Japan.
For more info on Kay instruments visit www.kingofkays.com.
K is also for… Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor was the ‘Queen of the Blues.’ Possessed of a soulful but tough voice, Koko had enough power to drown out any band. This clip of her singing Wang Dang Doodle with harmonica player Little Walter is the proof…