Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Winter Holiday Songs

41-Second Christmas Song

Johnny Nash‘s 1969 Christmas album Prince of Peace turned up recently in suburban DC’s Value Village thrift shop.  Initially captivated by the groovy 3-D cover, I was even more enthralled, once I returned home with the LP and cued up the 41-second opening track — a fresh pop arrangement of

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"Santa Claus Hides in Your Phonograph"
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Santa’s in the Victrola: Spooky

The male heir to the Zero to 180 fortune insisted that his father write a history piece centered around a nearly 100-year-old Christmas song that, for today’s generation, inspires apprehension and consternation — but was that the intent of Arthur A. Penn, the songwriter responsible for “Santa Claus Hides in

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“Snowfall”: Soulful + Strings

The Soulful Strings evoke the magic of falling snow — thanks to Dorothy Ashby‘s harp — on their classic instrumental track, “Snowfall“: “Snowfall”     Soulful Strings     1968 Discogs helps us appreciate how The Soulful Strings were able to create an identifiable sound despite only playing other people’s material: “The Soulful Strings

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Claymation Christmas (Is Here)

Someone went to great effort to animate “Christmas Time Is Here” by The Heptones in this charming claymation-style video: “Christmas Time Is Here”     The Heptones     196? This song provokes the question:  where exactly does rocksteady end and reggae begin?

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