Kevin Kennedy


 

Kevin Kennedy aka “Special K”

As a child, Kevin’s love and passion for music developed while he and his younger brother attended rehearsals and performances with their father, who was a member of the 1960’s R&B group “The Esquires”. The Esquires had such hits as “Get on up and “Girls in the City.”

At age 10 Kevin and his younger brother formed a 5-piece male group. The group began singing on street corners, playgrounds, talent shows and festivals. They also performed any and everywhere they could, to get exposure. These five guys liken themselves to that of the Legendary Jackson 5.

By the age of 17, Kevin co-found with his brother “The Guess Band”. The band made swift notoriety in the Wisconsin area. As the band popularity grew, so did their aspirations. Being a natural with the acoustic/electric guitar, keyboards and vocals, Kevin and the group immediately catapulted their career as an opening act for R&B greats ; The Jets, Midnight Star, Atlantic Star, Rolls Royce, Kool and the Gang and The Barkay’s to name a few.

Kevin established himself as a songwriter in his own rite by writing and recording his own original material. He has collaborated with the songwriter Harvey Scales who wrote for the late blues singer Johnny Taylor. Kevin has also worked with the late great Roger Troutman and Zapp on originals “This Love Is For You”, “Your A Special Girl” and “Groove”.

In 1994 Kevin decided to step out as a solo artist and began opening for music greats; The Dramatics, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, The OJays, Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Chi-lites and The Spinners to name a few. Kevin toured with R&B recording artist such as H-Town, Public Announcement and the group called Next, in the Chicago area.

For your pleasure, the award winning entertainer Kevin Kennedy brings the magic of music, up close and personal. You’ll enjoy his powerful vocal styling’s as you reminisce on familiar songs from the 50’s, 60’s 70’ 80’s and today.

50’s
Stay Maurice & The Zodiacs
Run Around Sue Dion
In The Still Of The Night The Five Satins
Blue Moon The Marcel’s
Teenager In Love Dion & The Belmont’s
Earth Angel The Penguins
Come Go With Me The Del-Vikings
This Magic Moment Ben E. King
Hey There Lonely Girl Eddie Holman
Tonight Could Be The Night The Velvets
Tonight I Fell In Love The Tokens
Sincerely The Moon Glows
Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper
Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
Long Lonely Nights Lee Andrews & The Hearts
Speedo The Cadillac’s
Just To Be With You The Passions
Little Bitty Pretty One Frankie Lymon
Walking Along The Solitaires
True Love Waits Buddy Holly
Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
The Twist Chubby Checker
60’s
My Girl The Temptations
Ain’t To Proud To Beg The Temptations
I Second That Emotion Smokey Robinson
Ooh Baby, Baby Smokey Robinson
I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gay
Let’s Get It On Marvin Gay
I Can’t Help Myself  The Four Tops
Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
But It’s Alright J.J. Jackson
I’m A Soul Man Sam & Dave
When A Man Loves Woman Percy Sledge
Cupid Sam Cook
Lonely Tear Drops Jackie Wilson
He Will Break Your Heart Jerry Butler
Sex Machine James Brown
Drift Away Dobie Gray
Oh What A Night The Dells
Under The Boardwalk The Drifters
Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
What A Wonderful World  Louie Armstrong
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling The Righteous Brothers
Grooving The Young Rascals
Shot Gun Junior Walker
Take A Letter To Maria Greaves
Do You Love Me The Contours

70’s Funk
Lady’s Night, Too Hot Kool & The Gang
Back N Love Again LTD Band
Boogie Shoes KC& The Sunshine Band
Brick House, Easy Commodores
Boogie Nights Heatwave
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
Out Standing, Yearning For Love Gap Band
Shake N Dance With Me Confunkshun
Cut The Cake Average White Band
Shake Your Pants, Sparkle Cameo
Move Your Boogie Body Barkay’s
Fantastic Voyage Lakeside
September Earth Wind &Fire
Love Roller Coaster Ohio Players
Back N Stride Again Maze
One Nation Under A Groove Parliament Funkadelic
Super Freak, Give It to Me Baby Rick James
Lafreak Chic
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Ring My Bell Anita Ward
Best Of My Love The Emotions
Got To Be Real Cheryl Lynn
Boogie Oogie Oogie A Taste Of Honey
Car Wash Rose Royce
Shame Evelyn Champaign King
Ain’t Nobody Chaka Khan
Sophisticated Lady Natalie Cole
Lady Marmalade Patti Labelle
Get Off Foxy
Upside Down Diana Ross
Respect Aretha Franklin

 

70’s Disco
Dance With Me  Peter Brown
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Leo Sayer
Shadow Dancing Andy Gibb
Jive Talking and Stayin Alive The Bee Gees
Copacabana Barry Manilow
Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody Brick
She’s A Bad Mama Jama Carl Carlton
Living It Up Friday Night Bell & James
Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
You Sexy Thang Hot Chocolate
Ain’t Gonna Bump No More Joe Tex
Disco Inferno The Tramps
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Tavares
I’m Just A Love Machine The Miracles
Boogie Fever  The Sylvers
Y.M.C.A. Village People
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
Last Dance Donna Summer
Shake Your Groove Thang Peaches & Herb
When Will I See You Again Three Degrees
Rock The Boat Huges Corporation
Funky Town Lipps, Inc
He’s The Greatest Dancer Sister Sledge
If I Can’t Have You Yvonne Elliman
Don’t Leave Me This Way Thelma Houston
Reunited Peaches & Herb
Right Back Where I Started From Maxine Nightingale
The Hustle Van McCoy
Young Heart Run Free Candi Staton
The Closer I Get To You Roberta Flack
80’s Nu Wave / Rock
Der Kommisar After The Fire
I Know You Missed Me Culture Club
Somebody’s Watch-in Me Rock Well
One Thing Leads To Another The Fix
Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran
Who Can It Be Now Men At Work
The Secrets That You Keep The Romantics
Jenny/ 867-5309 Tommy Tutone
Lady In Red Chris Deburgh
Human Human Legue
Rock the Casbah The Clash
I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On Robert Palmer
Hurt So Good John Cougar Mellencamp
She’s A Man Eater Hall & Oats
Abracadabra Steve Miller
Call Me Al Paul Simon
Sledge Hammer Peter Gabriel
Baby Hold On Eddie Money
Too Funky, Careless Whispers George Michael
Easy Lover, One More Night Phil Collin’s
Hold The Line, I’ll Be Over You Toto
1963 Late December Frankie Valli
The Love Shack B 53’s
Lady Kenny Rodgers
Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes
If You Love Somebody, Fields Of Gold Police
Holding Back the Tears Simply Red
80’s Pop – RnB
1999, Controversy, Kiss Prince
The Bird, Jungle Love The Time
Be Your Man Jesse Johnson
Fake Alexander O’Neal
I Want Her Keith Sweat
Casanova Gerald Levert
Don’t Be Cruel Bobby Brown
Sensitivity Ralph Tresvant
Rub You The Right Way Jonny Gill
It’s No Crime Baby Face
Lady You Build Me Up Commodores
Always, Secret Lovers Atlantic Star
Take Your Time (Do It Right) S.O.S. Band
Let It Whip Dazz Band
Disco Night GQ
And The Beat Goes On, Rock Steady The Whispers
I Wanna Be Rich Calloway Brothers
A Night To Remember Shalamar
Funky Cold Madina Tone-Loc
Bust A Move Young MC
It Takes Two Rob Base
The Humpty Dance Digital Underground
The Butt EU
It Feels Good Tony Toni Tone
Nobody Knows It But Me Tony Rich Project
Oh Sheila Ready For The World
Just Got Paid Johnny Kemp
No Parking On The Dance Floor Midnight Star
Caribbean Queen, There Be Sad Songs Billy Ocean
Jam Tonight, You Are My Lady Freddie Jackson
Yah Mo Be There, Just Once James Ingram
Stay With Me Tonight Jeffrey Osbourn
Got To Get You Home With Me Tonight Eugene Wilder
All Night Long, Stuck On You Lionel Richie
What Have You Done For Me Lately Janet Jackson
Girlfriend Pebbles
I’m Looking For A New Love Jodi Watley
Holiday Madonna
Secret Rondeavue Karen White
Nasty Girl Vanity
Call Me Skyy
The Glamorous Life Shelia E.
Let The Music Play Shannon
Opposites Attract Paula Abdul
In My House Mary Jane Girls
Meeting In The Lady’s Room, I Miss You Klymaxx
Push It Salt N Pepper

Lounge Music 1
Turn Back The Hands Of Time Tyrone Davis
Disco Lady Johnny Taylor
If Loving You Is Wrong Luther Ingram
Harry Hippy Bobby Womack
Let’s Stay Together Al Green
Love Won’t Let Me Wait Major Harris
Lady Love Lou Rawls
Me & Mrs Jones Billy Paul
I Can’t Get Enough Barry White
It’s Too Late Cornelius Brothers
What You Won’t Do Bobby Caldwell
Close The Door Teddy Pendergrass
Bad Luck, If You Don’t Know Me Herold Melvin & Bluenotes
Whatcha See, In the Rain The Dramatics
She Used To Be My Girl, The Ojay’s
I’ll Be Around, Rubber-band Man The Spinners
Let’s Just Kiss Manhattans
You Are Every Thang The Stylistics
Side Show Blue Magic
Love On A Two Way Street The Moments
Have You Seen Her, Oh Girl The Chilites
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Macfadden & Whitehead

Lounge Music 2
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
It’s Not Unusual Tom Jones
Margaretville Jimmy Buffet
Brown Eye Girl Van Morrison
Having My Baby Paul Anchor
Mandy Barry Manilow
We Just Disagree Dave Mason
Brandy Looking Glass
Peg Steely Dan
Philadelphia Freedom Elton John
Jet Airliner Steve Miller
Just The Way You Are Billy Joel
New York Frank Sinatra
Mr Bojangles Sammy Davis Jr
My Eyes Adore You Frankie Valli
Amore Dean Martin
I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Benett