Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Freddy King

"Get That Hump In Your Back"

Lonnie Mack at King Records

Lonnie Mack‘s most famous recordings might be associated with Cincinnati’s other notable indie label from the roots rock era, Fraternity, but the hugely influential guitarist from Southeast Indiana also made a number of recordings at King Studios.  Ace UK’s Lonnie Mack anthology CD From Nashville to Memphis includes a “Lonnie

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"Lonesome Whistle Blues"

“Lonesome Whistle Blues”: Train = Pain

Unnamed vocalists perfectly evoke a lonely late night train whistle on Freddy King‘s mournfully swinging “Lonesome Whistle Blues“: “Lonesome Whistle Blues” Freddy King (1961) This song was catchy enough (#8 R&B) to cross over into Billboard‘s Top 100 Pop (#88) when released in April of 1961 on Federal, a subsidiary

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"I'm Tore Down"

Tore Up vs. Tore Down? Musical Retort, Possibly

On March 12, 1956 drummer and vocalist, Billy Gayles, recorded “I’m Tore Up” at Cincinnati’s King Studios backed by Ike Turner and His Rhythm Rockers: “I’m Tore Up” Billy Gayles (1956) “I’m Torn Up” received a B from Cash Box  (“an okay deck”), who characterized the song as a “middle

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