Two famous Bobs

Mistaken identities are a favorite find around here.

This keyboardist is not to be mistaken for the Grammy-winning jazz performer frequently heard sampled in classic hip hop albums — Bob Kames is not as famous as Bob James, but he did have an extraordinary and successful career. Kames is credited with helping to popularize “The Chicken Dance” in the United States. He also ran a Wisconsin chain of record shops called Bob Kames Wonderful World of Music, where one could almost certainly have found a copy of Touchdown.

Kames recorded over seventy albums during his long career. His first single, “You Are My One True Love” was reissued by London Records and became a hit in 1949. He also briefly performed with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and produced a number of television specials based in Milwaukee.

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