K-Chuck Radio: The World of the Black MIDI

I stumbled across these videos the other day, and after about three hours of watching them (and essentially distracting myself for a good three hours), I felt like sharing this in today’s blog. There are these devices called player pianos, in which you hook up a perforated roll of paper to a piano and the…

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K-Chuck Radio: Order in the Court

The 1960’s TV sketch show “Laugh-In” spawned several different national catchphrases, and it was not unusual to drop a “Sock it to me” or “Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls” or “Fickle Finger of Fate,” etc. One of those catchphrases was the innocuous but totally infectious phrase, “Here comes the judge.”  This was…

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K-Chuck Radio: Our Robot Overlords

During my current run at radio station WHCL (my old college station, which is hosting alumni for the summer in pre-recorded content), I’ve noticed that there are several different timeslots on the schedule that are listed as “Robot’s Choice.” See, there isn’t always enough talent to handle all the timeslots, and that goes for students…

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K-Chuck Radio: One Less (dumb) Bell to Answer

Jason Johnson is a very smart man.  He’s a political commentator on MSNBC and is very well respected. Which makes me wonder where his brain was when he tweeted this out. Never heard of these two, but I think they spoofed them on In Living Color https://t.co/XvDyZ25Vel — Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) June 16, 2020 He…

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K-Chuck Radio: The many hits of one-hit wonder Robin Ward

Robin Ward has recorded hundreds of songs.  But not under her real name.  Heck, Robin Ward isn’t even Robin Ward’s real name … so follow along with me. Jackie Ward was a very accomplished pop singer who was in high demand as a background vocalist and demo performer.  In fact, it’s her voice of “The…

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K-Chuck Radio: The Evolution of Manu Dibango and Soul Makossa

Manu Dibango passed away yesterday from complications from COVID-19.  He was 86.  He lived a long life and he was a beloved musician. And he will always be known for one of the funkiest world hits of the 1970’s, “Soul Makossa.” Dibango originally recorded the song as a tribute to the success of his native…

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K-Chuck Radio: The Invasion of the Break-Ins

Ages and ages ago, when I wrote for the music collector’s magazine Goldmine, I did a well-received profile of novelty “break-in” artist Dickie Goodman.  Goodman pioneered the idea of taking audio samples from popular songs and using them as the “out of context” answers for wacky interview questions.  If you’ve ever heard Goodman’s “Mr. Jaws”…

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