K-Chuck Radio: Yes, your heart still works…

I’ve compiled these “armor-plated heart” K-Chuck Radio playlists before; they’re songs with sweet ballads, thoughtful melodies, and emotions that just grab your soul and won’t let go.  Songs of love, songs of loss, songs of longing and songs of heartache.  That’s what we’ve got today on K-Chuck Radio.  Turn up your speakers and get your Kleenex – or tub of ice cream – or teddy bear – or whatever brings you comfort.

Only One You

Sherbet’s biggest hit, the international track “Howzat!”, might have only creased the middle of the U.S. top 40 charts, but in their native Australia this group was massive.  And lead singer Darryl Braithwaite could go from a powerful tenor to a trembling falsetto in songs like this amazing track.

If I Call You By Some Name

This Toronto-based band was reportedly one of the tightest touring bands of the 1960’s, this was one of their biggest hits.  Again, they barely made a dent on U.S. radio, which meant you really never heard great songs like this one.

I Happen To Love You

You know where this group had its biggest success?  Right here in Albany.  Yep, The Myddle Class had several 45’s that were top spinners at WPTR and WTRY, and the New Jersey-based garage band had lots of success playing live in the Capital District.  This garage ballad was co-written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  Nice pedigree.

Fly Little White Dove, Fly

The Bells had one massive hit in the early 1970’s, a ballad called “Stay Awhile.”  It was a good ballad, to be true, but this song was much better and deserved more airplay, in my not so humble opinion.

It’s Not Easy

Long before they were in Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were in-demand session musicians, and you can hear their work on this amazing Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil track by Normie Rowe.  Yes, they went from this to “Stairway to Heaven.”  From humble beginnings, I guess.

Welcome Me Love

Lead singer Johnny Maestro already had achieved success with the Crests (“Sixteen Candles”), and his next group, The Brooklyn Bridge, had a super-hit in the late 1960’s with “Worst That Could Happen.”  This should have been their next hit.  For sure.

Indian Summer

You ever have that moment when you hear a song for the first time – and after you’ve jammed out for the first minute of the track, you spend the rest of the track’s running time trying to find the song’s artist and title so that you can get a copy of that song for yourself?  This happened to me yesterday when this track came up on one of my streaming audio music channels.  You know what I mean.

The Paris Match

After the dissolution of his legendary group The Jam, Paul Weller created a jazz-influenced group called the Style Council, and continued to have international hits with it.  This track, “The Paris Match,” features Weller’s fantastic lyrics and musicianship.

The Paris Match

How great was “The Paris Match”?  It sounds even better in a smoky jazz version with guest vocalist Tracey Thorn, she of the group Everything But The Girl.

Never Never

Inbetween his stints with Yaz and Erasure, Vince Clarke created a studio group called The Assembly, with plans to have rotating lead singers for each track.  This first track featured Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey, and was an international hit.  The group’s second song?  We’ll never know, Vince Clarke abandoned The Assembly to create Erasure.

So enjoy this morning’s ballads and melodies… and have a great day.  From your Internet radioblog station… K-Chuck Radio!!