Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Gospel & sacred

The “Monkey Chant” in Pop

[Note:  Piece updated on February 15, 2019 – see special coda at the tail end] Zero to 180 is intrigued to discover that today’s featured song is the sole composition attributed to Vic Coppersmith-Heaven [whose impressive audio engineering CV includes Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones, Billy Preston, and even Stanley Kubrick] on Discogs.  This

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"The Atomic Telephone"
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“Atomic Telephone”: King 78

King Records Month 2018:  King Turns 75! Folks who do not have enough dough (or shelf space) for Bear Family’s undoubtedly meticulous and wide-ranging box set of popular music from the original Atomic Age, can nevertheless simulate the experience by (1) keyword searching 78 RPM using the word “atomic” (also

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“Thankful”: Plateful of Grateful

Zero to 180 has a soft spot for populist anthems that promote unity, such as “We the People” by Allan Toussiant, “Time to Get It Together” by Tom Jones, and “This Old Town” by Wilson Pickett. “I’m Thankful” — originally produced by Sam Cooke and recorded for the 1961 album

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The Free Design Have Found Love

My son really wishes I would stop playing this song, although his sister readily agrees The Free Design‘s “I Found Love” is an earworm of epic proportions: “I Found Love”     The Free Design     1968 What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as there can never be too much love

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"We the People" (1969)
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The Great (Musical) Experiment

Even less seems to be written about Allen Toussaint‘s final A-side for Bell, 1969‘s populist anthem, “We the People“: “We the People”      Allen Toussaint     1969 Imagine the magnitude of our collective output if we all directed our energies toward constructive ends instead of squabbling amongst ourselves.  Help me understand exactly

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“Witchi Tai To”: Pop Chant

How did I only just learn of “Witchi Tai To“?  This morning I heard this song for the first time, and it immediately occupied the empty spaces in my soul and refused to leave: “Witchi Tai To”     Topo D. Bill     1969 I am hardly the first person to react this

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"Free the People"
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Barbara Keith’s Liberation Gospel

Ed Ward wrote a special section devoted to 45s (non-album releases) in the original Rolling Stone Record Review from 1971, with particular praise for Barbara Keith‘s A-side, “Free the People“: “You may remember Delanie & Bonnie’s version of this song, and how good it was.  Well, Barbara’s the one who

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Sister Rosetta – Rock & Roll Architect

Such a mighty presence, a powerful singer and electrifying guitarist, with her triple-pickup solid body Gibson – so why isn’t Sister Rosetta Tharpe mentioned as a rock & roll pioneer in the same breath as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley?  Elvis, in fact, would be

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“Mighty Time”: New Riders + Sly Stone & Jerry Garcia

Oh, what a mighty find at the local thrift shop last week — the title track from this 1975 album by New Riders of the Purple Sage – with special guests, Sly Stone and Jerry Garcia: “Mighty Time”     New Riders of the Purple Sage with Sly & Jerry   

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“Heaven Help Us All”: God Pop’s Soulful Side

“Heaven Help Us All” – a soulful spiritual Ray Charles recorded for his 1972 album,            Message from the People – is actually a Ron Miller composition that was first performed by Stevie Wonder as both a single release and album track on Signed, Sealed & Delivered LP from 1970. From

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