Up All Night And Original Thinking

by Kevin Burton    I’m sitting in the dark, on the couch my mom gave us. I hear the sound of a train in the distance.    There is romance, poetry in the sound.    I’m in the Man Cave and it couldn’t be mancavier. Two smallish beacons of light accompany the night without interrupting …

“Best Of My Love,” Pure Joy In 1977

by Kevin Burton     Their gospel wailing and harmonies brought out the emotion from listeners in their native Chicago. People confided as much to their mentor/father Joe.    That’s why when the singing Hutchinson sisters needed a new name for the group, they called themselves The Emotions.    Forty-five years ago, their “Best Of My …

Did Gilbert O’Sullivan Launch Disco Era?

by Kevin Burton    There have been many theories to explain the rise and fall of disco music. Here’s a new one for its rise:    Disco music exploded in the mid-70s as a direct result of “Alone Again Naturally” by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan.    OK, so I can’t prove I’m right, but you …

Baseball And Radio, A Perfect Pairing

by Kevin Burton    The greatest marriage of all time marks its 101st anniversary today. May death never part the two.    The two I speak of, baseball and radio. Baseball on the radio has been a comfort to millions of Americans all their lives.  Baseball was the national pastime, radio a sort of national …

Steely Dan’s Link To WKRP In Cincinnati

by Kevin Burton    It was 1978 when FM radio overtook AM. But the song that marked the occasion was sort of a medium-sized hit.      We’re talking “FM” by Steely Dan.     So what’s your definition of a hit song?     Is it based on how much it sells? How high it gets on …

More Rafferty, More ABBA Coming

by Kevin Burton    Here’s great news about even more new Gerry Rafferty music.    Rafferty’s daughter Martha did an interview Aug. 31 on BBC Scotland. Twice she told host Roddy Hart that there was other unfinished music she hoped would come out “later.”    The Scottish singer/songwriter was working on several new songs just …

Juneteenth, Facebook “Geniuses” And Trust

by Kevin Burton    If you have ever spun an old-school non-digital radio dial tuner, you’ll be at home in this post.    Imagine yourself tuning the dial, looking for music to groove on, political thoughts that agree with your own, a game of your favorite team or the weather report.     These are thoughts, …