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 TOUCH
Step Into My World

This early 70’s New York City groove just smoulders with gospel and soul.  From its opening pre-note organ riff to the sweet harmonies, this track just takes us all to church.

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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 goes back on… and until I can write my blogs from my personal computer…

I’m using this auxiliary computer to craft a quick and pertinent K-Chuck Radio featuring songs about blackouts, darkness, lights out and other non-illuminated occurrences.  Including…

PETER WOLF
Lights Out

It’s hard for me to associate Peter Wolf without the J. Geils Band.  This would have been a reasonably decent addition to their catalogue.  But that’s just me.

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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 78RPM flat discs that the Columbia and Victor record companies produced.

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K-Chuck Radio: But they’re not doing the Time Warp…

I’ve blogged in the past about my affinity for the 1970’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I’ve mentioned about how I binge-watched it in college, using that and a purchased audience par-ti-ci-pa-tion record to learn the call and response cues.  I’ve penned a K-Chuck Radio blog post about the cultural affinity of the Rocky Horror Picture Show itself, how it’s been parodied and purloined over the years.

Today, I want to feature something special.  You know the songs of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, for sure, for sure.  And you also know the artists and performers who made the movie as excellent as possible.

But … have you ever heard those artists performing songs OUTSIDE of the Rocky Horror Picture Show?  Have you?  Huh, have you?

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K-Chuck Radio: That time when Playboy went “after dark…”

If you haven’t heard by now, Hugh Hefner – the man who brought us Playboy magazine and all that came with it and after it – passed away last night at the age of 91.  And while there will certainly be plenty of tributes to the man and his publishing empire and the cultural revolution he created … for better or for worse …

I want to focus, for a moment, on his love for and promotion of music.  And with that, I’m bringing you sections of a 1969-1970 syndicated TV show called “Playboy After Dark,” where Hef and his bunnies and assorted guests hung around a stage and watched the top performers of the late 1960’s rock the place to the ground.

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K-Chuck Radio: Motown like you’ve never heard it before

Guys and gals, today I’m bringing you some of the rarest, most unique tracks out there from the Motown Records vaults.  Some of them are early recordings from your favorite artists and groups, some of them are radically altered versions, and some – well, I’ll just let you hear them.

As much as Motown was a super-powered record company for nearly 50 years, there were tracks that often fell through the cracks – they didn’t sell, or the artists moved on to bigger and better things.

Like, for example, how would you like to hear the Supremes in their earliest iteration as a doo-wop girl group?  Yeah?  With a Smokey Robinson track, no less?  here they are, with the song “Who’s Loving You” – which probably would have been a better fit for the Marvelettes, but we’ll talk about that later.

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K-Chuck Radio: Sedaka’s Back

What if I told you that one of the most prolific songwriters / singers / performers of rock and roll’s early years – a man who reinvented his career over and over and over again, whose music could be heard throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s – is inexplicably NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet?

I’m talking about Neil Sedaka.

If you knew how many tracks are part of his rock and roll career, you too would be surprised that he has not received enshrinement yet – as a singer, or as a writer, or as an early influence.

He came out of the Brill Building songwriting conglomerate, teaming up with Howard Greenfield on songs that had more musical oomph than your usual teen idol tracks … that, and he could write tracks about fellow Brill Building songwriters, like “Oh Carol” – a song referencing songwriter Carole King – and have it become a hit.

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