Monday, March 10, 2014
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Philosopher Kings
Album:The Philosopher Kings
The Canadian band The Philosopher Kings had a US Top 40 hit with Charms in 1995. They were a bigger deal at home. And they have had some success with side projects and as producers of other artists. The Philosopher Kings were all music students at the University of Toronto. Pianist Jon Levine and singer Gerald Eaton led the band and wrote most of the songs. Other members were Brian West on guitar, Jason Levine on bass and Craig Hunter on drums. They signed with Sony Music Canada and their debut CD The Philosopher Kings was released in 1996. Sony US liked it enough to release it in the US and Charms reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified Gold in Canada. Eaton and Jon Levine wrote and produced most of the songs. Jazz musicians Terence Blanchard and Bobby Watson made guest appearances. They won a Best New Artist Juno. Their 1997 CD Famous, Rich & Beautiful did even better in Canada and was certified Platinum. I Am The Man and Hurts To Love You were top ten hits in Canada. The Philosopher Kings released a live CD in 1999. Then they started getting involved in production of other artists. The big one was Eaton discovered Nelly Furtado and with West produced her first two albums. Jon Levine has also produced other artists. Jason Levine was part of the group Prozzak. Gerald Eaton has released solo CDs as Jarvis Church. Craig Hunter is a high school music teacher. The Philosopher Kings last recorded in 2006 and I don't think they are active anymore. Here's the video for Charms by The Philosopher Kings.