|Kipling Taquana Anderson|
January 24, 1938|
Starr, Anderson County, South Carolina, United States
|Died||August 29, 2007
Anderson, South Carolina, United States
|Genres||Soul blues, R&B, Southern soul|
|Singer, pianist, songwriter|
|Labels||Vee-Jay, Checker, Excello, Ichiban|
Kip Anderson (January 24, 1938 - August 29, 2007) was an American soul blues and R&B singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1967 single, "A Knife and a Fork." He recorded for Many record labels, worked as a radio DJ, and maintained a career lasting from the late 1950s to the 1990s, despite serving a decade-long custodial sentence. At various times Anderson worked with Sam Cooke, the Drifters, Jerry Butler and Jackie Wilson.
Anderson had his first musical exposure in church, where he sang and played the piano. After featuring in his high school band, Anderson met his future business partner, Charles Derrick, at radio station WOIC, in Columbia. In 1959, Anderson's debut single, "I Wanna Be the Only One", was released by Vee-Jay Records. For his follow-up release, "Oh My Linda", he was accompanied by the guitarist Mickey Baker. Lack of commercial gains from recording led Anderson to find work as a disc jockey.
Everlast Records released Anderson's third single, "I Will Cry" (1962), and "Here I Am, Try Me," and "That's When the Crying Begins" (1964) followed; the latter reached number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. His stock rose further with "I'll Get Along", "Woman How Do You Make Me Love You Like I Do", and "Without a Woman" (1966).
In 1967, Anderson released "A Knife and a Fork" for Checker, recorded at FAME Studios in Alabama. "A Knife and a Fork" was a midtempo warning to his girlfriend about her consumption of food: "girl, you gonna let a knife and a fork dig your grave". The single entered the Billboard R&B chart. A follow-up release, "You'll Lose a Good Thing", issued by Excello Records, also made the Top 40 on the R&B chart. "I Went Off and Cried" (1968) may be his best-remembered recording, next to "A Knife and a Fork". A cover version of "A Knife and a Fork" was recorded by Rockpile for the 1980 album Seconds of Pleasure.
A dependency on heroin started to affect his work by 1970, and Excello cancelled his recording contract. he continued to record and perform in the 1970s, but a ten-year prison sentence in 1974 for possession of heroin halted his activities. He later stated, "It probably saved my life." While in prison he formed a gospel group with other inmates, who performed under surveillance at local churches and community events.
Upon his release from prison, Anderson recorded a gospel album, before issuing more soul-based music for Ichiban Records. He also revived his career as a DJ when he moved back to Anderson County. He also hosted a gospel show on WRIX-FM and served as vice president of Electric City Record's gospel division. In 1996, Anderson duetted with Nappy Brown on the Best of Both Worlds joint album.