K-Chuck Radio: When Comedians Get Funky

At some point in their career, a stand-up comedian will eventually release a comedy album.  And eventually, that stand-up comedian will transition from doing a comedy album to performing his own songs. I call this evolution.  Sort of. Here on K-Chuck Radio, we have some examples of popular comedians transitioning to the pop and rock…

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K-Chuck Radio: It’s a 5 O’Clock World when the whistle blows…

In a previous lifetime, I was a freelance writer for the music magazine Goldmine.  One of my feature stories involved an interview with all four members of the Vogues, the 1960’s vocal harmony group that had several major adult contemporary and pop hits. Bill Burkette, the lead baritone, was one of the original founding members…

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K-Chuck Radio: The Beauty of Spectropop

Spectropop is a nickname given to full-sounding orchestral pop songs of the 1960’s, as if the track was augmented with rock instruments and plenty of reverb.  You might also know it as a “Gold Star Single” or a “Wall of Sound” track.  In Spectropop songs, the singer was as much an instrument as the drums…

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K-Chuck Radio: That’s song’s about WHAT?!?!?

Here’s the thing.  The majority of pop and rock songs are about love – love earned, love lost, love wished for, love enduring.  This is a common theme in popular music. Also common in popular music is a song with a hidden meaning.  Yes, the song may be about something acute, but the lyrics might…

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K-Chuck Radio: Another dive into my college radio days…

From 1981 to 1985, I spent most of my college time at the studios of our college station, WHCL.  88.7 FM on the left side of your dial, don’tcha know. On occasion, I’ve blogged about the myriad of records we played at that station, as we grew from a five-watt low-power station that nobody could…

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K-Chuck Radio: More One-Hit Wonders from the 1970’s

I’ve found an Internet radio station that broadcasts classic American Top 40 episodes – they’ll play one from the 1970’s, then follow it up with an episode from the 1980’s.  And in listening to these compilations – all hosted by radio legend Casey Kasem – you discover that there were some amazing songs out there…

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K-Chuck Radio: The Monster Soulful Groove

Sometimes, there’s a song out there that captures your consciousness.  It makes you smile, it surges your emotions, it takes you to a place you weren’t expecting to visit. So on today’s K-Chuck Radio, I felt like bringing some powerful music to you.  Soaring vocals, emotive lyrics, spectacular harmonies. And let’s start with… THE MAGIC…

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K-Chuck Radio: Until we get power again…

Rise and shine, Chuck.  Up and at ’em.  Look at my clock and … I can’t see my clock. Oh no.  It finally happened.  The diabetes has captured my eyesight. No… wait a second … My eyes didn’t lose power… The Town and Village lost power.  No electricity from the storm. So until the power…

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K-Chuck Radio: Edison Diamond Discs

What I have for you today are some very rare and very intriguing recordings from the 1920’s.  They were produced by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company, and were manufactured on records that could not be played on standard phonographs. Such were the Edison Diamond Discs, a flat disc phonograph that promised better fidelity than the standard…

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