Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

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Category: God pop

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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“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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“God Out West”: Link Wray Sings Hallelujah

Between the years 1971-1974, Link Wray entered into a business relationship with Polydor Records that yielded four albums – but no singles (*actually, a small handful).  Link’s debut Polydor album, 1971’s  Link Wray, found him embracing his Shawnee heritage at a time when popular interest in Native American culture and

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Kenny Smith: From Soul Street to God Pop and Beyond

Thanks to Darren Blase and Shake It Records for assembling an 18-track collection of recordings by singer, songwriter & producer, Kenny Smith, that span a total of eleven labels:  Fraternity, Chess, President, RCA, Flo-Roe, Goldspot, Clearhill, Counterpart, General American, Kogan and Lena.  Intriguing to discover that the one-time host of

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God Pop on the Charts: Early 70s

The early 1970s I remember to be a particularly fertile time for catchy radio pop that preached the Good Word.  Researchers at Zero to 180 initially pegged Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” – a compelling mash-up of gospel and psychedelic rock that moved 2 million copies in 1969 &

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‘Do It Now’: Ronco’s Licensing Feat of Strength

From what I can tell, this might be Ronco’s first hits compilation – Do It Now – from 1970: When is the last time you’ve seen Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles on the same album?  Not to mention Buffalo Springfield.  And The Byrds. Interesting to note that the Buffalo Springfield

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In Hindsight, the Lawsuit Was Inevitable

One of my favorite (and affordable) ways of discovering music is trawling for vinyl at local secondhand shops.  Of course, you have to wade through a lot of Andre Kostelanetz and Percy Faith to find something worthwhile, but that’s part of the fun – and adventure.  It’s not uncommon to

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