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Date of Birth: June 15, 1943
Place of Birth: Union Springs , Alabama
Date of Death: September 8, 2004
KD Bell, "Mr. Alabama Blues", has been a musician since he was a child in Alabama. As soon as he was old enough, he hit the road and wound up in Miami, playing with people like James Brown, LaVerne Baker and The Coasters. Over the years, KD has had the honor of performing with a great many talents, including Clyde McFadden, Might Sam McLain, Sam & Dave, The Marvalettes, Earl King, Shirley Lewis, Boston Baked Blues, Johnny Nash, Little Willie John, Toni-Lynn Washington and many more. He studied drums with Sonny Payne of the Count Basie Band and Dave Akins of the Dave Akins Trio. KD has shared the stage, behind a drum kit, with Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Wilson Pickett, Benny Lettimore, The Drifters, Ben E. King and Wayne Cochran.
KD worked for three years with the Amara Television and Sound Productions to host and star in the television music show "BLUES ON FIRE", which was broadcast for 16 weeks on WGOT, reaching over 3.2 million viewers.
He has completed "DRIVEN TO THE BLUES" a collection of original material released as part of the Blooze Hat label "Raw and Live" collection.
KD performs at many blues functions including the "Hot August Night" blues festival in Maryland and the Portsmouth Blues Festival in Portsmouth N.H.. He was also selected to compete in the Battle of the Boston Blues Bands at Harper's Ferry in Allston, MA.. In addition, KD was selected to represent New England in the Northeast Semi-Finals at the WKLN National Blues Contest, held at Manny's Car Wash in New York City. KD was recently nominated for Best Blues Artist by JAM Magazine.
KD performs with his band at clubs all over the Northeast.
KD Bell speaks his life in the language of the blues. He is a pure blues singer. He takes the thinnest thread of a song and transforms it into vast reservoirs of feeling. At home with every blues style, KD's full bodied shouters voice is ideal for jagged and free gut-bucket songs. But he's also a passionate deep voiced singer. Singing way down low, he can rise to high-pitched tones with great delicacy, then end with a eloquent moan.
KD wraps his voice around the lyrics. He's a brilliant composer with a flair for melody and inventive lyrics.
Swamp Blues, Gospel Blues, Delta Blues New Orleans Piano Blues, Chicago Blues...KD BELL DOES IT ALL!!
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
K. D. Bell
We will miss our bandmate and good friend, K.D. Bell, who died unexpectedly September 8, 2004.
Born Frederick Carver Bell June 15, 1943, KD Bell started out as a drummer and singer as a child in Union Springs, Alabama. As soon as he was old enough, he hit the road and wound up in Miami, backing and touring with the likes of James Brown, LaVerne Baker, The Coasters, Clyde McFadden, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, The Marvalettes, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wayne Cochran and many more. He studied drums with Sonny Payne of the Count Basie Band and Dave Akins of the Dave Akins Trio. While still very young, some of these greats dubbed him the "King Drummer," hence the nickname "KD." KD left Miami to come to New England in 1968.
K.D.'s Killer CD
KD was both a powerful vocalist and an entertainer extraordinaire, well known for his dapper dress. In addition to his role as drummer in The Blues Party, he was lead vocalist and drummer for his band KD & The Dimensions before pursuing his solo career. He was TV Host of "Blues On Fire" and "Blues Talk" and was voted most Charismatic Entertainer in New England for three years. In 1999, Blues Party bass player Teddy B joined KD and hooked up with the incomparable guitarist Bobby B. Keyes who recorded and released KD`s very hot self titled CD on the Thrillionaire label.