Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Soul

"Don't Mess with Cupid"

“Don’t Mess With Cupid”: A Mostly B-Side

Interesting that web discographies consistently list “Don’t Mess with Cupid” as the B-side of Otis Redding‘s “My Lover’s Prayer” single from July 1966 (on both sides of the Atlantic) – but then this French Atco picture sleeve shows “Cupid” to be the A-side. “Don’t Mess With Cupid“ Otis Redding (1966)

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"Congratulations Baby"

“Congratulations Baby”: Marriage as Payback

Doris Duke (the singer, not the tobacco heiress) is getting married out of spite, and frankly, I think she’s making a big mistake: “Congratulations Baby“ Doris Duke (1969) This classic track is from 1969’s I’m a Loser, first solo album for the vocalist (who also sang backup on  Nina Simone‘s

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"Soul Train"

Musical Roll Call pt. 1: “Soul Train”

Little Royal‘s musical roll call of soul music luminaries – “Soul Train” from 1972 – is connected to the post-Syd Nathan era of the King Records story after Starday Records had purchased King and henceforth became known as Starday-King: “Soul Train” Little Royal (1972) Interesting to see which artists were

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