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Gene Chandler

Hosts Jim and Greg interview Chicago Soul singer Gene Chandler, who is best known as the“Duke of Earl.”Jim thinks 1961's“Duke of Earl”is one of the best pop or rock songs of that era. Gene Chandler came out of a tradition of Doo Wop in Chicago that included groups like the Flamingos and the Spaniels. He worked closely with fellow Chicago Soul legends Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. Later in his career, he transitioned into producing other artists, even running his own label,“Mister Chand.”The epitome of a“soul survivor,”Gene scored hits during the Doo-Wop, Soul, and Disco eras.

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Thick Listening

Greg and Jim expound on Damon's idea by providing some of their favorite examples of tracks that benefit from Thick Listening.

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news

Music News

Headlines regarding the death of pop star Michael Jackson continue to pour in. This week the AP reported that Jackson's death was being ruled a homicide by the coroner's office. No official statement has been released, but it's likely that Jackson's physician will be charged with criminal negligence for administering the singer's drug cocktails. And while one camp investigates Jackson's death, another markets his life. A deal between promoter AEG and Jackson's estate has been approved to exhibit the King of Pop's memorabilia. This October exhibition will coincide with the release of a behind-the-scenes film and will help AEG to recoup losses incurred following the cancellation of Jackson's massive comeback tour. Not to be left out, the remaining Jackson brothers are getting in on the action. They've announced plans for an A&E reality show.

Despite pleas from Mom to turn that racket down, a new study says that music is actually good for your hearing. Northwestern University neuroscientists have found evidence that musicians can pick speech out of a noisy environment better than non-musicians. This is good news for Jim and Greg, and any Sound Opinions listeners who find themselves struggling to hear in a crowded room.

Tenor Johnny Carter passed away this week at age 75. Carter was a member of both The Flamingos and The Dells, two of the most important doo-wop groups of the ‘50s and ’60s. To mark his passing Jim and Greg play a song and performed by Carter: "Golden Teardrops" by The Flamingos.

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Music News

While some are mourning the end of summer, others are grateful for the end of wedding season. Music fans often fall into the latter group, which isn‘t surprising if you look at Bridal Guide Magazine’s recent list of wedding songs. We asked listeners to sound off on the best and worst wedding songs, and Jim and Greg also have their own opinions, of course. Greg's favorites are "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester. He also favors any authentic ethnic songs like "Hava Nagila." Jim said he'd refer to his bride on this one, since he gets to make the musical decisions all the other days of the year.

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