Zero to 180: 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 always received their proper historical recognition.  Zero to 180 (born December 12, 2012) serves as a forum for examining the “old fogie roots” of modern rock, as well as 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 folk & blues (later, rock & jazz) music label, Adelphi Records, founded by Gene Rosenthal in 1968.  In 2018, Zero to 180 extended the research further, with a history piece dedicated to Silver Spring’s lesser-known D&B Sound Studio, plus a sidebar tribute to Koob Veneman‘s affordable-but-decent-quality KAPA guitars and basses.

Richardson, who helmed the Twitter desk as a guest for Xavier University-affiliated King Studios during Cincinnati’s King Records Month for 2017 & 2018, writes extensively about Cincinnati’s King Records musical legacy.  More recently, in 2019, Zero to 180 is honored to have provided the King Records Building Non-Profit Steering Committee with background research in preparation for a mayoral proclamation on behalf of the City of Cincinnati declaring January 5, 2019 to be “Bernard Purdie Day.”  December, 2020 saw Zero to 180’s “Cincinnati in Song” piece serve as a launching point for Steve Rosen’s feature article for Cincinnati Magazine — “Sing a Song of Cincinnati” — for which Richardson contributed a 500-word sidebar of Top Ten Cincinnati songs.

The former Cincinnati schoolteacher got his library and information studies degree from University of Maryland in 1994.  Richardson enjoyed his first Mid-Atlantic-area radio appearance 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 reappeared 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 enjoyed 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.

Musical artists who have given Zero to 180 the nod include Bobby Jameson, Mickey Dolenz, Adrian Belew, Suzanne Ciani, P.P. (Pat Cole) ArnoldCommander Cody, Bill KirchenEddie Angel of Los Straitjackets, Bootsy Collins, Genya Ravan (of Goldie and the Gingerbreads) & Miriam Linna of Norton Records (and The Cramps).

Zero to 180 aims to leverage music history on behalf of the public good.

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

14 thoughts on “Zero to 180: About

    • 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.

  4. Great research! I love how you have shown the influence of American music in the development of Ska/Rocksteady/Reggae. Clear connection.

  5. Chris, just left you a message about our new film Anacostia Delta, it’s on your “DC is a Tele Town” article. Reading about your background, I wonder if you ever came across Cincinnati guitarist, songwriter, vocalist Danny Adler. I came across him when he lived and played in London in the 1980’s. I believe he’s back in Cincinnati. One of my all time favorites and a unique guitarist.

  6. For your World’s Fastest Country Music key change, I nominate “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash. I get a time of under 50 seconds!


  7. Hi I’m a Jamaican living in the USA I grew up listening to Johnny Nash Christmas carol album, couple years ago I was looking on line for it nothing came up until I saw where you posted songs from this album omg I would love to get a hold of these songs, it felt so good to hear these songs again

  8. Excellent history…….Re; Track’s Neve Console, Bob Connor, an electrical engineer for Westinghouse by day, and an aspiring Christian songwriter was the one who wired the console and patchbay to everything around ’74. In return, he got free studio time. He lived in Bowie like me, and I met him thru a high school friend who wrote some songs that we recorded in his garage on his 4 track Sony reel to reel with Shannon Ford (East Coast Offering, Danny Gatton, Roger Miller) ….So, in 1975, after our steady lounge gig in Bethesda with Tim Wynne (not yet back with Sinbad) and Shannon Ford, we would go in late after hours and record Bob’s own song demos. Many years ago he sent me a CD of all the stuff we did. Some of my very first studio experience on that nice grand piano. I also worked with Obie a bit with Tim Eyermann, and Jeremiah Samuels on demos that were never released.

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