The Garfield Fleming experience – whether it’s 1981 or 2019…

You would have to be a really dedicated fan of early 1980’s club music to know about Garfield Fleming.  Fleming was a former member of the legendary soul group The Delfonics, joining the group after their early 1970’s hits – but taking part in some successful tours with the group. In 1981, Fleming recorded a…

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K-Chuck Radio: It’s more 70’s hits you totally forgot about!

Every so often, I’ll come across an online streaming radio station that will have plenty of classic oldies on it.  And then, all of a sudden, there will be a track that I’ve never heard before – but it sounds totally awesome.  Now if the streaming radio station doesn’t announce the title or the artist,…

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K-Chuck Radio: As I walk through this world…

I want to share this little track with you.  It’s a 1961 doo-wop track by a Chicago-based group, the Dukays, with lead singer Eugene Dixon. “The Girl’s a Devil” earned the Dukays a contract with the tiny Nat record label, and eventually the Dukays went back in the studio to record sides for future singles. …

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K-Chuck Radio: It’s a big day today…

For those of you who are not familiar with my blog, every so often I delve into a popular music theme.  I call it “K-Chuck Radio,” an homage to those classic AM radio station jingles and call signs of long ago. Usually there’s a theme that runs through my selection of a K-Chuck Radio playlist.…

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K-Chuck Radio: The many branches of Bruce Channel’s one-hit wonder

You might hear this song once in a while on your oldies radio station, or maybe it’ll sneak in on your Pandora stream if the settings are just right.  But for nearly sixty years, this track has evolved and grown, its influence has spread around the world, and even today the song is referenced by…

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K-Chuck Radio: Thou Shalt Not Cover the Beatles (if you don’t know what you’re doing)

A while back, I did a K-Chuck Radio segment on artists who had NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER trying to cover Motown songs. So let’s go back to that well… And see who would DARE attempt to try to cover songs from the Beatles catalog. First off, it’s difficult enough to cover the Beatles and to do…

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K-Chuck Radio: The forgotten Harry Nilsson

At one point in time, he was lauded as a major star by David Bowie and by John Lennon.  His voice was part of major movie themes.  Even today, his songs are used in commercials. But as the old saying goes, he’s so famous you don’t even remember him. I’m talking about Harry Nilsson.  The…

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K-Chuck Radio: Olivia Newton-John does make you feel mellow

Last night, I enjoyed a date night where we watched a Lifetime movie.  The movie was a two-hour recap of singer Olivia Newton-John’s life and career, starring Australian singer Delta Goodrem as Olivia.  And although parts of the movie were quite interesting, there were times when the story seemed rushed – character introduced in Olivia’s…

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K-Chuck Radio: The “cover band” phase of popular bands

Understand this.  I put up with Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” for as long as I possibly could.  I get it, it was a faithful cover of the classic “yacht rock” hit. Today, I discovered that Weezer took their swing at another classic 1980’s hit – the a-ha new wave classic “Take On Me.” No,…

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