"The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll Experience"
featuring Johnny Kay and the JK Rockets band...
For this Comet, the rockin' clock just does not stop as Johnny Kay, lead guitarist from Bill Haley & The Comets, is back with the JK Rockets band with a new show and new guest artists.
The Show – The show called "The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll Experience" is a musical history of early rock 'n' roll from a man who lived it. JK Rockets features Johnny Kay, lead guitarist and vocalist for Bill Haley and the Comets from 1960-72. Johnny is one of the original rock 'n' rollers from the Philadelphia area. Do you remember, “Rock Around the Clock?” Johnny shares his stories about music before rock 'n' roll and what early rock 'n' roll was all about! The show features songs and artists that influenced Johnny's 50 year career and some original songs too. He plays tunes from artists he loved and shared the stage with including Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Big Joe Turner, The Beatles, some British Invasion bands, and of course, Bill Haley and the Comets. The new show has added Paul and Roberta Wilson, who will perform hits from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and more. Paul was a member of the “Trampps.” Remember “Disco Inferno?” Roberta opened for Eddie Kendricks & The Temptations.
A little History - At the age of 14, Kay took up the guitar and by 16 formed a band call The Sensational Youngsters. They played in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware In 1958, the band's manager changed the name to Johnny Kay's Rockets and opportunity came knocking. “I got a call from Bill Haley's Manager,” remembers Kay. I auditioned and by the age of 19, I was singing, recording & playing guitar with Bill Haley & The Comets and traveling the world. It must have been fate!" Johnny has always been an innovator. In 1982, Johnny produced the very first VIDEO how to play the guitar instruction course to hit the market.
Today - Johnny is still rockin' with the new JK Rockets band & has just released his fourth album of original songs called, "Just Playin...The Blues" in the great style of ORIGINAL rock. An anthology of Johnny Kay's work as a Comet called "Tale of a Comet", on Hydra Records (Germany) has broken the top 20 chart as reported by Now Dig This magazine in England. After this anthology of John's work was released in Europe 3 years ago John has produced 4 original albums. He is back writing, recording and producing music that reflects the original sounds of Rock 'n' Roll and currently working on his 5th album of original country songs.
Come out & hear Johnny Kay's stories, great guest artists, the songs that started rock, and some new & original songs too.
Johnny Kay (Lead Guitar),
Stan Kay (Drums),
Frank Dobson (Bass),
Paul Wilson (Guitar, Keyboards),
Roberta Wilson (vocals)