Last night, the world lost one of the greatest songwriters and storytellers of our generation. A simple singer from Orillia, Ontario, who brought us some of the greatest love songs and ballads and stories in contemporary music. And if you’ve never heard of Gordon Lightfoot … let this blog post be a refresher course. I…Read More
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K-Chuck Radio: A modern rendition of a vintage spiritual.
I premiered this little creation on my radio show last Friday, but for those of you who didn’t get a chance to hear it … I can share it with you today. Background. Back in the 1940’s, the Jubalaires were a four-man gospel group from Florida who had several beloved songs during their career. Songs…Read More
K-Chuck Radio: The joy and sadness of Yvonne Barrett
For a brief period in the late 1960’s, Yvonne Barrett was a popular singer on the Australian TV shows and their pop charts. She was one of several young stars who appeared on local television shows and performed popular tracks – whether they were covers of American pop hits or some locally-written songs – and,…Read More
K-Chuck Radio: The name’s the same … sorta …
Here’s the thing. You’re searching through the used record pile at the local vinyl record show, and you’re thinking … I’ll find a rare record mixed in with these penny pressings of Barry Manilow and Sheena Easton, I know I will. And then you see it. You recognize the group name – but you don’t…Read More
K-Chuck Radio: What’s that in the air?
Ever since I’ve gone back to my Friday night radio broadcasts on WHCL, I haven’t really had time to produce a K-Chuck Radio blog post that wouldn’t also work well as its own Nightowl Radio Show episode. But with all the drama about the Chinese spy balloon that was intercepted and shot down yesterday ……Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More