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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K-Chuck Radio: The Christmas Songs without Christmas in them

Just for the heck of it, I thought about Christmas songs that didn’t have any Christmas-themes to them – or, if they did mention Christmas, it was in passing.  Probably just because it’s Christmas Eve, and I’ve already written a blog post for tomorrow (what, you think I’m getting up on Christmas morning to write…

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K-Chuck Radio: When someone sings Tom Waits’ tracks …

Tom Waits is a songwriting genius.  His tracks have been covered by artists from nearly every musical genre, and his music has become the fabric of pain and heartache and solace for decades. What’s amazing about his songs is that every one of them sounds perfect for the artist who covered them.  They sound like…

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K-Chuck Radio: Making Beatles where Beatles Weren’t Beating …

This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road.  A fantastic album, for sure.  Full of classic Beatles tracks.  After this came the soundtrack to the motion picture Let it Be, and then a series of repackagings from their record label – two greatest hits albums (the “red” and…

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K-Chuck Radio: Musical Motivation

I’m trying a new photography technique today.  If it works, I will have some super-swank photos that will make for new opportunities.  So I need a little musical motivation. And when I say “musical motivation,” I need the most positive, uptempo, run-thrugh-a-brick-wall-after-the-coach-gives-you-the-pep-talk tracks out there. In other words, these are the songs I would listen…

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