Tonight on Rockford Originals, Vince Chiarelli interviews Kal David.
Born and raised in Chicago, Kal’s recording career began as a teenager when, as a member of Kal David and the Excep-tions, he was signed to a contract with King Records and later to Vee-Jay Records. Another member of the group was Peter Cetera, who later became the vocalist for a band known as Chicago.
Later on, Kal joined musical forces with guitarist Paul Cotton to form the group, The Rovin’ Kind. This band recorded for Dunwich Records, and following a name change to Illinois Speed Press and a move to Los Angeles, Kal and Paul hit their stride, recording two critically acclaimed albums for Columbia Records, Illinois Speed Press and Duet. ISP was so loved that these albums have recently been re-released on CD by popular demand.
Kal and Paul’s efforts with Illinois Speed Press served them well, for as Paul went on to become guitarist for Poco, Kal moved to Woodstock, New York, where he formed the Fabulous Rhinestones with ex-Electric Flag bassist Harvey Brooks. They recorded three well-received albums: Fabulous Rhinestones, Freewheelin’ for Paramount Records, and Rhinestones for 20th Century Records. With the Rhinestones, Kal refined his talents as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter to the point where even today, long after its disbanding, the group is remembered with fondness and respect for its musical contributions. Their albums have also been re-released on CD.
In the 80’s Kal made his true commitment to the blues idiom as a guitarist and as a singer/songwriter. In the studio or on tour, his commitment was evident in his work as a featured guitarist for Etta James, Johnny Rivers and with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, where he inherited the lead guitar chair from Mick Taylor.
As a solo artist Kal recorded two albums for SoulCoast Records, Never a Dull Moment and Double Tuff. With chart topping, impressive record sales internationally and numerous television appearances, including a one-hour Kal David special in Germany, Kal’s reputation grew worldwide.
A move to Palm Springs, CA in search of a more creative environment resulted in Blue Guitar, Kal and partner Lauri
Bono’s premier Blues and Jazz nightclub, which they successfully ran and performed at for 8 years much to the delight of audiences from all over the world. Three CDs, Kal David Live at Blue Guitar…. by request, Kal David Live at Blue Guitar…. Last Call and Lauri Bono featuring Kal David Live at Blue Guitar…Last Call were recorded there. Blue Guitar was sold in 2004 to accomodate Kal’s upward spiraling career.