K-Chuck Radio: Judith, Archie and Olivia, three voices of Australia

Three of Australia’s most important singing voices passed away within a few days of each other. Each one brought their own passion and joy to music, along with their own view of social importance and conscience. Obviously, the most worldwide loss goes to the legendary Olivia Newton-John. The sweet, butterfly vocals of dozens of early…

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K-Chuck Radio: You mean they’re not related?

Rock and roll has several instances of groups who call themselves the _______ Sisters, or the ________ Brothers. And while some are actually related – i.e., the Pointer Sisters or the Everly Brothers – we do have some instances where the term “brothers” does not mean a familiar bond. I shall demonstrate. THE KNIGHT BROTHERSTemptation’s…

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K-Chuck Radio: The musical tree of “Ida Red”

There is an old adage that nothing is truly created; it is inspired by what came before. Such is the case with the song “Ida Red.” “Ida Red” is a song that can trace its roots back to an old folk song from the 1870’s called “Saturday Night,” by composer Frederick W. Root. But the…

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K-Chuck Radio: Well, you’re supposed to wear green today…

This is the day where you’re supposed to wear green clothing; doing so avoids getting your receiving a pinch. This is also the day where you’ll see T-shirts that reinforce the faded stereotype that Irish people are drunkards and sex fiends – you know, the ones that say “Kiss Me I’m Irish” or “I only…

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K-Chuck Radio: Three songs with hidden curse words (that still get played on the radio)

There’s a rule in popular music. If your song has a curse word or a barnyard expletive in it – if it’s one of those words George Carlin says you can’t say on television – then you must record an alternate version of the song, either with the offensive word removed, or with an alternate…

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K-Chuck Radio: Literature Classics

Last week, during my radio broadcast, I played a couple of songs whose roots came from classic literature. No, seriously. If I were to tell you, “I have some songs whose subject matter involved some texts from vintage books,” you’d probably say, “Great, Chuck, so what did you play AFTER Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’?” Well,…

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K-Chuck Radio: Turn the lights out, let’s manoeuvre with the orchestra.

I’ve been binge-watching the HBO series The White Lotus, and it’s quite a fun show. But while watching the program, I had a nice, pleasant surprise. Look at this image. See the girl on the left? She’s wearing – and I’m not kidding – an Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark T-shirt. Specifically, one that references…

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K-Chuck Radio: Some 45’s for 45

This is the final full day of the Trump Presidency. Thank you, Jesus. And with that in mind, I thought it might be worthwhile to create a totally acceptable playlist of songs that would perfectly fit the Trump presidency on its final moments of existence. Let’s start. Remember, Trump is leaving on Wednesday, so let’s…

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K-Chuck Radio: Don’t blame me for these…

I’m not going to lie. Returning to college radio has been an emotional godsend for me. I enjoy going back in time, playing fantastic music, and recounting great stories about some of the best music that ever came out. You know, in the early 1980’s, with fun tracks and whatnot… But I will admit that…

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K-Chuck Radio: It’s all in Whodini’s Wand…

John Fletcher passed away yesterday. I know that name doesn’t sound familiar to most people. He was better known by his stage name Ecstasy. Again … I’m seeing blank stares. Ecstasy was in a rap group with his friends Jalil Hutchens and Drew Carter – and as Jalil, Ecstasy and Grandmaster Dee, they were the…

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