LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) — When he was seven, Ken Kaufman's mother signed him up for piano lessons but he says "I didn't want to practice."
Years later Ken was playing keyboards in the well-know Buffalo band 'The Road' when a local production house asked him to write a jingle for a local car company. Ken says "I made more money with that jingle than I made in a month with the band."
A member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and one time organist for the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Blue Jays, Ken Kaufman is best known throughout Western New York and Canada as the "genius jingle writer". In a career spanning more than forty-five years he's written hundreds of jingles for radio and television.
Ken says his most well know piece is the "Tops Never Stops" jingle that the grocery chain hasn't used in thirteen years but everyone seems to remember. His latest hit's include jingles for Hamburg Overhead Door and West-Herr Automotive. But his most famous jingle may be the one he wrote for attorneys Cellino & Barnes. The piece even appeared in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.
He just ended a long and exclusive relationship with a local radio group so Ken Kaufman will continue writing the jingles that Western New Yorkers know and sing with his company AdSongs. You can get more information at his website.