About

Chris Richardson – pop music archaeologist – is the creator behind Zero to 180:  Three-Minute Magic, a music history blog that spotlights deserving artists, as well as songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, arrangers, and label owners, who have not received their proper historical recognition.  Zero to 180 – which turns five in December, 2017 – serves as a forum for examining the “old fogie roots of modern rock,” and vehicle for championing under-celebrated studio songcraft of all types and stripes worldwide.  Zero to 180 completed a Silver Spring music history trilogy in 2017, with original research that chronicles the extensive recorded legacy of Track Recorders – including a special spotlight on the studio’s Chief Engineer, Bill McCullough – as well as independent music label, Adelphi Records, founded by Gene Rosenthal.

Richardson enjoyed his first Washington, DC-area radio appearance 20 years prior in 1997 as Guest Programmer of the Day with veteran radio host, John Hall, on WRNR’s “Hall’s Bar & Grill” in Annapolis.  Not long after, Richardson would reappear on radio as the Rocksteady Kid, programming classic sounds in 1960s & 70s Jamaican popular music for University of Maryland’s WMUC campus station.  In 2004, Richardson would enjoy a pair of appearances with WKHS’s late, great Charlie Coleman programming all-truck driving song radio shows.  Most recently, Richardson appeared with WPFW’s long-time community fixture, Andrea Bray, in 2016.

Richardson, who is helming the Twitter desk for Xavier University-affiliated King Studios during September, 2017’s King Records Month extravaganza, writes extensively about Cincinnati’s King Records musical legacy.  The former Cincinnati schoolteacher got his library and information studies degree from University of Maryland in 1994.

WordPress would include Zero to 180 as part of its “WordPress by Example” series for the template theme “2011.”  Musical artists who have given Zero to 180 the nod include Bobby Jameson, Mickey Dolenz, Adrian Belew, Suzanne Ciani, Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, and Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets.

With a mission rooted in “pop music social justice,” Zero to 180 aims to leverage music history on behalf of the public good.

All queries may be directed to melchris@erols.com

Zero to 180 - 45Zero to 180 is dedicated to the spirit of Tom Newbold

 

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    • Hey, “Connie”:
      Doesn’t everyone know that pop songs, by law, are not permitted to exceed three minutes in length?
      And why’d you call me a knucklehead?

  1. Got a few more Baltimore songs if you’d like to add to the list…
    A few may be versions of ones already on the list, but you choose…

    A Baltimore Love Thing – 50 Cent
    Back In Baltimore – Danny Bryant
    Baltimore – Caleb and Saleem
    Baltimore – Lee Ritenour
    Baltimore – Matthew Sweet
    Baltimore – Nina Simone
    Baltimore – Robbie & Sly
    Baltimore – Roy Buchanan
    Baltimore Clipper – Otis Read
    Baltimore Eviction – Roy Wood Jr.
    Baltimore Fire – Nick Kroes
    Baltimore Knot – Banner Pilot
    Baltimore Oriole – Bob Dorough
    Baltimore Oriole – George Harrison
    Baltimore’s Fireflies – Woodkid
    Dear Baltimore – Carter’s Chord
    Doing Time In Baltimore – Caleb Stein
    Girl From Baltimore – The Fleshtones
    Heavy Metal’s Alive In Baltimore – The Huntingtons
    Lady Came From Baltimore – Johnny Cash
    Oh Baltimore – Mullyman
    Oh B-more Anthem – Bossman
    Streets of Baltimore – Gram Parsons
    Streets of Baltimore – O’Malley’s March
    Tomorrow Night In Baltimore – Kenny Price

  2. I saw your question about Gladys Knochelman and her writing credit on a couple on James Brown’s albums. She was my great grandmother, I can give you some info about her.

  3. Good Job on the site. One of my songs is listed on this site, the 1976 hit reggae song – titled; Wooping Mama, by Carl Dobson & the Liberals, my name is Maurice Lindsay and I am the founder and a member of the liberals. I am also, the co-author and producer of this song which was distributed on the Joe Gibbs label. I now live in Massachusetts, USA and Carl Dobson lives in Ontario, Canada. We have lost touch with each other, if anyone knows how I can reach Carl Dobson please let me know. My first recording with Carl Dobson was in 1975 and it was our first hit single called “Bag A Wire” by Morris Lindsey and Carl Dobson on the Dynamic Sound Label, where the miss-spelled my name as on the label as Morris Lindsey instead of Maurice Lindsay.

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