The Beginning — Philadelphia
• Began piano at 3. Took lessons at 7.
• Sang in concerts with The Philadelphia Boys Choir & The
Philadelphia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy conducting.
• At 14, began playing bars in his Irish neighborhood
• At 16, became a studio pianist for Rock & Roll singers and
• At 17, won 1st Prize in a talent contest on Steel Pier in
• Joined "Roscoe & his Green Men" from Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
• Appeared at "The Wagon Wheel” on W 45th St. in Manhattan,
"The Palace" in Boston, "Rigger’s" in Chicago, "The Edison Hotel"
in Toronto and "The Chatter Box" in Seaside Heights, NJ.
• Opened for the Johnny Cash Show throughout Canada.
1962-1974 — The Kit Kats
• Wrote and arranged for the 4-piece band.
Recorded 4 albums. Had 2 international hits:
"Lets Get Lost on a Country Road" (1967) and
"Won’t Find Better Than Me" (1970).
• Played in over 125 clubs & Colleges.
• TV spots with Dick Clark, Jerry Blavat, Hy Lit, etc.
• Called "The Ultimate Bar Band", the Kit Kats owned
40% of the Riptide Night Club (1,600 seating) in
Wildwood, NJ; 1967-1970. 7 nights and 2 matinees weekly.
• The Philadelphia Inquirer named Karl: "The Greatest
Rock and Roll Pianist on the East Coast!".
• Appeared with Roy Clark, Doc Severenson,
Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Gene Pitney, Janis Ian,
Donald O’Conner, Don Rickles, 4 Seasons,
4 Tops and The Band.
1974-1979 — Becoming a Solo Artist
Played piano-bar to fine-dining restaurants - from the Philadelphia Main-Line to Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
1980-1983 — The Silver Dollar Ice Cream Parlor
• Owned an old-fashioned ice cream parlor built into an 1849 farm house.
• Played sing-alongs with fun crowds, 6 nights a week, all year
• Featured 4 times on TV show PM Magazine plus Reading and
• Received the County Commissioner’s Achievement Award for work with
senior citizens, nursing homes and the National Kidney Foundation.
1983-1987 — Walt Disney World, Orlando
• Performed as the Main Street Pianist in the Magic Kingdom
at Walt Disney World.
• Played 8 shows daily for up to 90,000 guests, 5 days a week
year-round with hard-core Ragtime.
• Played Disney World Hotels, Empress Lilly Riverboat, Fort Wilderness
events, and for the Governor of Florida & Senator Dole.
• Played in a movie scene: The Magic of Walt Disney World,
1988-1989 — The Kit Kats Reunion
• Reunited the Rock band for concert/dances to "sell-out" crowds and renewed enough media interest in their original
material to have Jamie Records hire Grammy winning engineer Tom Moulton to re-mix 44 Kits Kats recordings and
release a 2-CD set: "It’s About Time".
• Their version of the song "Nut Rocker" was used in the 1984 and 1996 Olympics.
1992-2002 — The Showboat Casino, Atlantic City
• Performed for 10 seasons (4 sets, 6 days a week) October-April;
playing Powerhouse Stride.
• Appeared with Conway Twitty, Red Buttons & March-of-Dimes Telethon.
• Played High Roller events at Harrah’s, Trump Marina, Sands Casino
1990-2008 — Hershey Park
• Performed 19 seasons (5 hours a day, 6 days a week) April-October; playing Rag to Rock
and audience requests.
• Led Sing-Alongs at Christmas CandyLane in HersheyPark.
• Play casuals at Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge.
2003-2008 — BCTV, Reading PA
For 6 years, hosted a local monthly TV show: "Piano Magic" performing feel-good
music to a live audience and taking phone-in requests.
• Performed at Walt's American Restaurant on Main Street USA, Disneyland Paris.
• Karl composed & arranged a symphony "Tales of the Old West" published by Jaime Music Publishing Co.
• Performed twice at the Disneyland Conference Center, Disneyland, CA.
Karl has shared the stage with these
Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Del Wood, Conway Twitty,
Marvin Gaye, Don Rickels, Janis Ian, The Kingsmen, Gary U.S. Bonds,
The Chiffons, Martha & The Vandellas, The 4 Tops, Gene Pitney,
Bo Diddley, Robbie Robertson & Levon Helm, The Safaris, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Dale Hawkins, The Iron Butterfly, The Rascals,
The 4 Seasons, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Cathy Jean & The Roommates, Gene Chandler, Ronnie Hawkins, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Turtles, Lou Rawls, Doc Severenson, PHL Phillies, Donald O'Conner, Frank Sinatra Jr., PHL Elvis Evoker Sammy J, & Mickey Shaunnessy.
Philadelphia DJ Legends: Dick Clark, Jerry Blavit, Harvey Holliday, Hy Litt,
Rockin' Ron Cade, Ed Hurst, Brooks St. Ives, & Tom Lemayne
Also: Senator Bob Dole, PA Governor Ed Rendell, PA Governor Tom Corbett,
PA State Senator Mike O' Pake, PA Governor Tom Wolf
& Florida Governor Martinez.