Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Author: Zeroto180

Capitol Records
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Molly Bee – Cited Zappa Influence – Could Yodel

This full-page ad in Billboard‘s “World of Country Music” special edition gives every indication that 1967 promised to be a break-out year for Molly Bee: Billboard October 28, 1967 The previous year, inside the gatefold sleeve of 1966’s Freak Out – the groundbreaking debut double album by Frank Zappa‘s Mothers

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Advertising +/- marketing in popular music
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Nina Simone (vs. Syd Nathan) at Bethlehem Records

Browsing Nina Simone‘s early single releases on Bethlehem Records — Gus Wildi‘s jazz label, whose control and eventual ownership would ultimately be given over to Syd Nathan of King Records — my eyes are immediately drawn to the instrumental B-side, “African Mailman,” a fairly radical and oblique song title for

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Buffy Sainte-Marie — 97 Men (Likely More) Don’t Call Her Honey

In 1963, Buffy Sainte-Marie had the courage to speak out against an undeclared war in which the United States had conscripted 16,000 troops to serve as “advisors,” and consequently, was banned from singing “The Universal Soldier” on US radio and TV until 1965. It is curious to see which countries

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"Juanita Jones"
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Juanita Jones — In The Driver’s Seat At ASCAP?

Billboard‘s special October 19, 1968 issue devoted to ‘The World of Country Music‘ includes a 2-page article by Bill Williams – “Ladies in the Driver’s Seat” – that highlights a number of Nashville’s powerful female executives who worked without fanfare behind the scenes within the country music industry. Williams devotes

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45 sides +/- obscure tracks
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Jan Rhodes 45 – Undefined Trouble Places Burden On The Listener

The full-page ad placed in Billboard‘s August 17, 1968 issue promised controversy: Bill Gavin, publisher of the influential Gavin Report is on record as saying “Mom (Can I Talk To You?)” by Jan Rhodes should be given airplay. If Gavin were still with us, I would very much like to

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Early reggae
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Nora Dean’s Voice — Tremulous, Intriguing

I suspect I am hardly the only one who finds Nora Dean‘s voice so compelling — the emotional directness and its unique, tremulous quality. Given what little is known about Dean and how infrequently her voice was committed to disc, this only adds to the intrigue. Michael Garnice, creator of

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Autoharp +/- harp
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Cecil Null & His “Gun-tar” Of 1968

I recently stumbled upon Ray Brack‘s “lost” piece of reporting about Cecil Null‘s handcrafted musical long gun (i.e., gun guitar – or is it guitar gun?) for Billboard ‘s June 22, 1968 edition: Billboard June 22, 1968 * “the guitar strings are attached near the mouth of the rifle barrel

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