THE TKR COLLECTION: Disco-fied Classics

Back in the mid-1970s, a new form of dance music started to evolve, a mix of traditional Soul/R&B music with some 70s pop sense and beats thrown in. The powers that be called it “disco” after the clubs the music became popular in. And it was good. Or mostly good. I admit it, I grew up in the age of disco, and loved quite a bit of it. Disco really got rolling as a major force in music in a big way in 1974, with Billboard Hot 100 number one hits “Rock The Boat” by Hues Corporation and “Rock Your

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PASSAGES: Country superstar Charlie Daniels 1936-2020

You know, it seems that ever since I redoubled my efforts to make TKR a fun and entertaining music site again as of the last couple of weeks, 90% of what I’ve been doing is reporting on the passings of a great many amazing people… Country music legend Charlie Daniels died this morning in Hermitage TN of a hemorrhagic stroke; he was 83 years old. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008 and a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame class of 2016, Daniels was a legend in the music business, with nearly five decades of

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PASSAGES: Italian film composer legend Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

He was truly one of the most prolific film score composers of all time, with an estimated FIVE HUNDRED scores under his belt in his six decade long film music career, and his music influenced countless generations of all types of musicians. Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 following complications from a fall. Morricone didn’t start writing film music until 1958, but once he was there, he didn’t look back, sometimes doing multiple scores a year from his studios in Rome, where he always worked. He was notorious for always wanting to work for

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It has begun…

July 1 came and went without fanfare in the world, except in our little abode. Because this weekend, we put the (almost) finishing touches on the complete overhaul of our home office and studio. This has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to share how exciting it is for me to see it finally come to fruition. We live in a two bedroom apartment. We have one bedroom for sleeping and one that acts as our studio and office. A little over two years ago, I began a slow renovation of the studio, and this weekend, it

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STAR TALENT: Some AGT up-and-comers from this season’s final auditions

STAR TALENT covers acts who have participated in and are possibly best known from their appearances on talent shows, both in the U.S. and around the world. I’m gonna kick this new column off with a spotlight on four incredible young acts who made their debut on the 6/30 edition of America’s Got Talent, in a really unusual situation – this was the last of this season’s audition shows, and was the only one shot without a live studio audience. And since a show like AGT is largely fed by audience reaction, these four performers really stood out, and should

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PASSAGES: Film composer Johnny Mandel, 1925-2020

If you’ve listened to popular big bands, saw movies in the 1960s and 1970s, or have ever been anywhere near a television set, chances are good that you’ve heard at least one song by Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy winning composer and songwriter, who passed away at the age of 94 on Monday. Mandel worked with jazz and swing artists throughout his career, and was known for his affiliations with Count Basie,  Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee among others. He first turned to scoring films in the late 1950s, doing the music for “I Want To Live” in 1958,

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PASSAGES: Benny Mardones, 1946-2020, two-time “One Hit wonder”

He will forever be known as a one-hit wonder….twice. With the SAME SONG. Singer/songwriter Benny Mardones passed away today after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease; he was 73 years old. Although he recorded his share of music over the years, and also wrote songs for other artists including Brenda Lee and Chubby Checker, he is perhaps best known as one of the few acts to hit the Billboard Hot 100 twice with the same song. Released in 1980, his hit “Into The Night” remains an early 80’s classic and is fondly remembered by fans, and it hit #11 on

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PASSAGES: Pete Carr, 1950-2020

Pete Carr was not a household name for most people, but when it came to session musicians, Carr, who passed away yesterday at the age of 70, was a legend. Carr is probably best known to lovers of late 1970’s music as one half of the duo LeBlanc and Carr; he had teamed up with singer/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc for an album on Big Tree Records, and had a #13 Hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the ballad “Falling” in late 1977. But his career spanned over five decades and much of it was

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The European Broadcast Union should have known better….Variety trashes “Fire Saga”

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Netflix is premiering an original film later this week, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga“, a “comedy” written by and starring Will Ferrell as one half of an Icelandic duo whose biggest dream is to compete in and win the annual Eurovision Song Contest.  Now, not surprisingly, given who is involved, this is not a serious competition film, it is an utter TRAVESTY, as most Ferrell-penned adaptations (“Land Of The Lost”, “Bewitched”) have been.  And given their closely protected “traditions”, I’m utterly astonished that the European Broadcast Union even agreed

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TKR’s full reboot happens July 1 – here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming

On July 1, The Kirkham Report takes the next step into our future, with a completely rebooted site. I mean, well, NO, it’s probably NOT going to look much different – I like the theme I’m using on it now, but I’ll be adding a TON of new things to the pages as we go along. What WILL be changing the most is the content – In addition to my #1 focus, my music charts and preferences, I’m going to be introducing over a dozen new featured columns, each with a particular focus. These columns will be posted every day

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