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Kal David (born David Raskin; Chicago, Illinois, 1943) is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, His primary work was in the early 1970s on Columbia Records.
David's recording career began in his teenage years as the frontman of his local band, Kal David and the Exceptions, formed in 1962. Its other members were Peter Cetera (bass, vocals), Denny Ebert (drums, vocals), and Marty Grebb (saxophone, keyboards, guitar, vocals). David left in 1965. Cetera later joined The Big Thing, which became Chicago, and Grebb joined The Buckinghams.
David signed a recording contract with King Records, later signing to Vee-Jay Records. During his stint at Vee-Jay, he formed a new duo, The Rovin' Kind, in 1965 with guitarist Paul Cotton. The two soon moved to Dunwich Records. Following a name change to Illinois Speed Press and a move to Los Angeles in 1968, the duo recorded two albums for Columbia, the self-titled Illinois Speed Press and Duet.
After Cotton went on to become the lead guitarist for Poco, David moved to Woodstock, New York. His new group, The Fabulous Rhinestones featuring ex-Electric Flag bassist Harvey Brooks and ex-Buckinghams' keyboard player Marty Grebb, led to three more albums: Fabulous Rhinestones, Freewheelin' (on Paramount Records) and Rhinestones (on 20th Century Records).
David would also meet his future wife, the vocalist Lauri Bono at a Woodstock club, which he visited on the advice of friends. Bono accompanied him back to Los Angeles for the next phase of his career.
Their return to Los Angeles led to David and Bono's sidework for Etta James and Johnny Rivers. In the early 1980s, David played lead guitar for John Mayall on an album which would be released a decade later.
Two albums for SoulCoast Records, Never a Dull Moment and Double Tuff each met with critical acclaim and worldwide record sales coupled with numerous television appearances, including a one-hour special featuring David in Germany.
The Kal David Band, headed up the weekly Pro-Jam at Hollywood's China Club. This event drew such Stevie Wonder, Bobby Brown, John Entwistle, Larry Carlton, Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh and Paul Young, plus blues performers Sam Taylor and Floyd Dixon.
The early 1990s saw David and Bono move to Palm Springs, California and the formation of yet another band, Kal David and the Real Deal. This group featured both David and Bobno on vocals, along with the former Chaka Khan musical director Tony Patler on Hammond B-3 organ and drummer Alan Diaz, formerly with SÚrgio Mendes. David tried local radio, hosting the late night "Blue Monday" blues show on Palm Springs soft rock station KEZN.
On July 14, 1998, the couple opened the Blue Guitar blues club above the Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs, although the club subsequently closed in 2004.
David and Bono continued to tour and frequently played at B.B. King's Blues Club in Los Angeles and the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino]in Connecticut.
David is the voice of Sonny Eclipse, a singing alien audio-animatronic, who resides at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. He did another performance for Disney World at Epcot, where he performed the "Unhealthy Living Blues" for the Goofy About Health exhibit at the Wonders of Life pavilion.