Apollo-Themed 45 Releases

When I was in 11th grade, the unthinkable happened:  I received two Fs in the same semester!  One of the Fs was in Physics class, an absolute nightmare.  Thankfully, Paul Guinnessy of the American Institute of Physics has helped me deprogram from this hellish experience, thus empowering this historian-in-training to gather up the courage to take on new musical challenges — in this case, showcasing 45 single releases that celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the Apollo moon landing program:

45 Single Releases from 1969

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“Audio highlights of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission”
Note: Narrated by Peter Thomas.Note
:  “Record comes with 2, 3 page wrap round sleeves and with a 4 page insert.  Pressed exclusively for News of the World readers.”

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“Audio highlights of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission”
Narrated by Peter Thomas.

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Note:  7″ record at 33 1/3 rpm

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Note:  Issued as a flexi-disc

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Note:  “Swedish reporter interspersed with original NASA soundtrack of the first moon landing 1969”

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Note:  Sole release from South Africa’s Rory Blackwell Sound.

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Note:  Produced by DC’s WWDC — compliments of the Washington Senators; “Baseball Is More Than a Game” by The John Bahler Singers on the flip side.

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Note:  In no way was MGM involved in staging the moon landing.

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Note:  US picture sleeve = ‘Future ShockTypeface in Popular Music

Note:  French picture sleeve = song produced/written/arranged by Rick Shorter

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Note:  Band from Belgium.

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Note:  Band from France.

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Note:  B-side of “Time of the Season” instrumental cover.

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“Apollo 11” backed with “Moonwalk”

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“Apollo 11” backed with “Mission Control”

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Note:  Moon Boys = Hippy Boys (i.e., future rhythm section for The Wailers)

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Side One title:  Moments In Space History
Side Two title:  The Actual Voyage Of Apollo 11

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Note:  Promo 45 only

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Note:  Produced by CBS News with Walter Cronkite and Joel Heller.

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Let’s Do It On the Moon” backed with “Moon Shot

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Johnny Harris Orchestra — German picture sleeve

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Johnny Harris Orchestra — French picture sleeve

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Note:  Sole release by German band, Gordon Young and the California Brass.

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German picture sleeve

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Moon Mission” backed with “Astronautical”

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The Cape Canaveral Construction Company — Spanish picture sleeve

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The Cape Canaveral Construction Company — UK release

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Featured song:

Moon Flight” by Vik Venus [break-in record]

Buddah issued this Japanese picture sleeve in August, 1969.

Honorable mention:  “Apollo 13” by French composer/bandleader Caravelli

LINK to Zero to 180’s  “Duke Ellington Meets Apollo 11” from 2017

Also worth noting:  “Man on the Moon” by saxophonist Ornette Coleman

France – 1969

Apollo = Canadian label (1969-1970)

Early reggae blank promo 45 by unknown harmony group!
Man Discovering the Moon” – 1969 – Jamaica

Smitten by the “Break-In” Record

I must have been about 9 or 10 when I first became aware of the “break-in” record, in which the man-on-the-street dishes up pop hit sound bites in response to each and every one of the news reporter’s questions.  I remember hearing “Watergrate” and “Mr. Jaws” on Cincinnati’s pop juggernaut, WSAI 1360 AM, and then, not too long after, obtaining an LP compilation of the better Buchanan and/or Goodman break-in records, from the first flying saucer 45 in 1956, all the way up to “Superfly Meets Shaft” & “Convention ’72.”

Cover design by JIM O’CONNELL

Watergrate + Superfly Meets Shaft

[Pres. Nixon in the driver’s seat, with Henry Kissinger riding shotgun & Spiro Agnew in the backseat, flanked by Superfly and Shaft]

 

I enjoyed the silliness of it all and was thrilled, as a fan of satire, by the send-up of pop culture, as well as straight society.  My brother Dean’s experiments stitching together break-in records at home inspired me to make my own, and I even roped in my friends to help me in my pointless series of “interviews” set at Fred’s (fictitious) Delicatessen.

Images below:  1962 LP ++ 1974 US 45 ++ 1977 JAPAN 45

Dickie Goodman LPDickie Goodman 45-xDickie Goodman 45-Japan

Zero to 180, thus, would like to celebrate a milestone — 5 years!  over 700 posts! — by force-feeding you an amateur “break-in” home recording (c. 1976) that features extensive sampling from the family record collection, aided in no small part by the 4-LP box set, Superstars of the Seventies.  Best to ignore the reporter’s inane line of questioning:

“Fred’s Delicatessen”     Chris Richardson & Co.     1976

[Pssst:  click triangle above to play “Fred’s Delicatessan” by Chris Richardson & Co.]

Zero to 180 Milestones:  The Preschool Years

  • Inaugural Zero to 180 post that established a bona fide cross-cultural link between Cincinnati (via James Brown’s music recorded and distributed by King Records) and Kingston, Jamaica (i.e., Prince Buster’s rocksteady salute to Soul Brother #1).
  • 1st anniversary piece that featured an exclusive “Howard Dean” remix of a delightful Sesame Street song about anger management (with a special rant about how WordPress’s peculiarities made me homicidal the moment I launched this blog).
  • 2nd anniversary piece that refused to acknowledge the milestone but instead celebrated the under-sung legacy of songwriter and session musician, Joe South – with a link to South’s first 45, a novelty tune that playfully laments Texas’s change in status as the nation’s largest state upon Alaska’s entry into the Union.
  • 3rd anniversary piece that revealed the depths to which Zero to 180 will sink in order to foist his own amateur recordings onto an unsuspecting and trusting populace.
  • 4th anniversary piece that formalized – as a public service – musical chord changes for an old (and tuneless) “hot potato” playground game called ‘The Wonderball.’

“Frankenstein of ’59”: Roots of Sampling

Dickie Goodman, in partnership with Bill Buchanan, produced a series of comedic “break-in” records – newscast spoofs in which a fictitious reporter’s questions are met with carefully-selected snippets taken from the latest radio hits (i.e., early sampling).  Buchanan & Goodman’s groundbreaking partnership, which started in 1956, sadly lasted only lasted 3 years, and “Frankenstein of ’59” just might be among their last collaborations:

Frankenstein of 59