Who: King Of Hearts
What: elements of Richard Marx, Peter Cetera and all things West Coast
Sounds Like: your flagship West Coast AOR band
Considering the year of origin was 1989 and the long term tremendous reputation that King Of Hearts has in the West Coast-Soft Rock AOR genre it would be silly to consider this band an undiscovered artist. However the brilliant artistic chemistry of the emotive vocalist Tommy Funderburk and deft touch of guitarist Bruce Gaitsch was a royal artistic marriage made in heaven. Yet despite the brilliant musical partnership created by this merger it did not translate into a long recording career at least under King Of Heart. With the debut recording of 1989 apparently there were nightmares behind the scenes only for this spectacular debut to be given the delayed royal treatment twenty two years later.
With the King Of Hearts debut disappearing into thin air like a bad nightmare in the Bermuda Triangle, despite including a magical line-up that included Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy, Chicago’s Bill Champlin and bass vocalist George Hawkins Jr plus David Cole behind the production board, all these ingredients for a spectacular debut just did not come to fruition. Six years later the duo managed to follow up this managerial short fall with the Japanese only release Joy Will Come that was recording in 1995 and released the following year that also included Bill Champlin and guitarist Jay Graydon famous for his collaborations with the now famous producer David Foster and their also severely overlooked collaboration Airplay. But once again the second King Of Hearts recording resulted in the same overlooked results.
Since then King Of Hearts have officially and unofficially released a banality of compilations that partially cover their first two cruelly overlooked recordings, including but not limited to Thoughtscape Sounds No Matter What that also includes the previously unreleased “Broken World” and the live in Tokyo track “Lovin’ Arms” from the debut.
But better yet the latest news on the block is that Funderburk and Graitsch AKA King Of Hearts have managed to get into the studio and record a batch of brand new material. In fact I can quote that Bruce Gaitsch has advised me that “We now have 17 new songs and are in the process of raising money to cut the new record. Stay tuned!” And while the line up remains unannounced it does include the infamous duo with only the financing and production that is in the way of making this dream a reality. Hopefully this time around they will get the royal treatment that King Of Hearts fully deserves.
PS: King of Hearts 1989 is available domestically via Perris Records at the below link:
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