Ken Demko Live at the Lamplighter Inn

Fine food, good drinks, and organist Ken Demko combine for an evening of entertaining pleasure.

As a youngster, my parents used to take me to a restaurant called the Captain's Inn in Toms River, New Jersey. Capain's Inn had a fellow just like this Ken Demko -- he sat behind an incredibly complicated machine with three keyboards and dozens of switches, entertaining us as we ate our lobster and shrimp scampi with delightful renditions of Songs Everyone Knew. I can remember spending many hours (or at least the good part of one hour) watching him throw switches, press footpedals, and somehow get this monstrosity to make music.

The folks at Century/Advent records must remember, too. This disc captures the atmosphere perfectly, right down to the restaurant noises in the background. Demko plays a 1928 Kimball Theatre pipe organ (I read it on the liner notes) while his patrons dine, chat, and otherwise socialize to the tune of Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Beer Barrel Polka, Hava Nagila and even 2001. I don't know whether Ken Demko is still performing today (or even if the Cleveland-based Lamplighter Inn is still open), but with Ken's best performances in the can, does it really matter?

Ken Demko Live at the Lamplighter Inn
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Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Real Audio) Wherein Ken Demko and the 1928 Kimball meet Tony Orlando and Dawn. A little slow at first, but it picks up.

Your Comments:

Extream says:
EVEL IS THE MAN! (07-16-2002)

Alistair McGillicuddy says:
I have GOT to have Ken covering Telly Savalas covering Songs Everyone Knew... I won't rest until I locate a copy... it gave me chills... you know, the kind you get when you're buried under an avalanche and have no hope of survival... (07-05-2002)

Jonathan Mitchell ( says:
How do you play these files? Is there a player to download? HELP! (06-13-2002)

Rocketboy_X says:
Freakin genius... If only I had this album, I'd never eat dinner alone again... (06-01-2002)

Emma mouse ( says:
Does anyone know where I can get this record from or who would be willing to sell it to me? I really have got to have it.... (05-18-2002)

Kenneth Demko ( says:
You are all ASSHOLES! Sorry we all can't be Liberace! (04-23-2002)

Danny Brien says:
What a coincidence. I've noticed that Ken has the same trousers on that I'm wearing right now. I hope Ken's still keeping up the good work. Such an enjoyable little number. A real 'top drawer' item. They don't play them like they used to. (03-13-2002)

Vitrus Demko, Esquire says:
I have been retained to represent Kenneth Demko in the Superior Court of Marsh County, Ohio on several slander and defamation of character suits. Because of the libelous statements made on this internet site and others, Mr. Demko?s health has deteriorated markedly over the past several months. Once known as the Kipnis of Cleveland has regressed to a mere shadow of his formidable past. Kenny is unable to earn a livelihood as a concert artist as several notable venues have canceled his scheduled appearances. This message is meant to warn anyone contemplating further assaults on my client that immediate court action will be taken. (02-15-2002)

BflatBilly says:
This precious sound clip is really a living-breathing testament to why many of my generation wanted to be black in the 60's. A truly remarkable piece of audio history ? which zaps me back aurally and spiritually into a kindler, and more polyester world. One where everyone smoked, everyone drank, and the help used the side entrance. God bless this web-site. (02-15-2002)

rosario demko says:
unfortunately Tie a Yellow Ribbon isn't on my fav's list, but one has to admire Ken Demko's dramatic use of rubatos. that is, until one realizes that Mr. Demko has no other option due to his severe handicap of being unable to maintain a constant tempo at any speed whatever. but how fortunate for those lucky enough to stop in and hear him in person !!!! (02-15-2002)

Ted Demko ( says:
Hey everybody. I Came across this website before in the past and I found it again. Is any one looking to see if we are related. If you need some information from me, let me know. (12-01-2001)

Jurassic Demko ( says:
I've been playing organ since the prehistoric days when cavemen walked around dragging women by their hair. Beat that, Kenny boy. (09-04-2001)

Ron Burns ( says:
I have this album. I am willing to sell to best offerer. I have just about all the albums listed on this site. My contact information is included. It's the way I do business: Ron Burns 550 CHILDS DR MILTON,ONTARIO,CANADA L9T 3P3 1-(905)-876-3245


Ab Sug says:
*crying* (07-28-2001)

Anthony Demko ( says:
Hey Demko (07-20-2001)

Inna-Gadda-da Demko says:
Sorry, my loony parents named me after a song that my fellow Demko played on the organ when the tape wasn't rolling. We Demkos prefer to live in dark caves.. unless we produce live albums where the people didn't pay to hear me but instead paid to eat shrimp. And isnt' that what this record is REALLY about? (06-15-2001)

TLB ( says:
OH yeah, he also looks like a pedaphile version of Phantom of the opera (and his right arm looks a little limp/numb). (06-15-2001)

The Lone Beatnik ( says:
What the fuck is the deal? Do these Demko people have nothing better to do than look up their last names on their overly-powerful search engines? THIS IS NOT THE FUCKING DEMKO HOTLINE. Now, about the record. This guy is so scary. Look at the pants. Now listen to the song. Keep looking at the pants. Do you see an image of Charles Manson. I think Manson was his drummer! Kill the piggies! ANyway. This album is interesting.. not 'cuz of the cheesey organ.. but because you get to hear people eat! I wish there was a holdup or a family argument on this record. THAT would make it interesting. Ooh, this is the live record that puts STOP MAKING SENSE and HOT AUGUST NIGHT to shame. (06-15-2001)

Frank LaRosa says:
This is one of the best albums ever! (04-20-2001)

Ken Demko says:
To Bonnie Demko. I knew Claire Demko VERY well, if you know what I mean. I also know Chuck Demko. And the Siamese Twins, Rhonda and Flo Demko (ironically enough, sharing a common "organ") Marty Demko, Marla Demko, Pete Demko, Donald "Duck" Demko (plays bass organ). Blind Lemon Demko (The Blues Singer), and Quasimodo Demko. If any of these (especially the last one) ring a bell, please get back to me! Love and Polyester, Ken Demko (11-10-1999)

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