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Category: Other regional pop sounds worldwide

60s/70s rock +/- pop
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1969’s China Night ~ Guitar Music LP

Back in 2006, I was still making the compact disc equivalent of the “mix tape.” CD players were still in common use then and a convenient device for playing back digitally-transferred selections from my vinyl collection. Varying levels of effort went into my CD compilations from this period — some

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"Horns of Paradise"
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Trans-National Musical Exchange

Musical fight!   Compare the opening sequence of these two songs, and note how the second one (from 1972) closely mirrors the first one released the year before: “Music for Gong Gong” [1971]  – vs. – “Horns of Paradise” [1972] “Music for Gong Gong” was selected as the A-side of the

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"Pengosekan"
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The “Monkey Chant” in Pop

[Note:  Piece updated on February 15, 2019 – see special coda at the tail end] Zero to 180 is intrigued to discover that today’s featured song is the sole composition attributed to Vic Coppersmith-Heaven [whose impressive audio engineering CV includes Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones, Billy Preston, and even Stanley Kubrick] on Discogs.  This

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"Ice Cream and Suckers"
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Earliest Recording of a Melodica?

July 2020 Update:  Click here for the latest info One of Zero to 180’s earliest pieces (from 2012) concerned itself with documenting the earliest recording of a melodica (i.e., keyboard version of a harmonica), and 1966* seems to be year to beat in this regard, with the composer, Steve Reich,

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"Zanzie"
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Mickey Baker on a King Surf LP

Session guitarist Mickey (“Love Is Strange“) Baker — whose work would grace dozens of releases by King Records and its subsidiaries — ended up being allotted exactly one solo album by the label as an artist in his own right:  1963’s But Wild. Recorded in Paris in June of 1962,

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"Maryland"
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Maryland’s New State Anthem

To:     Governor Larry Hogan & The General Assembly of Maryland Perhaps it is time to replace the Maryland state anthem — you know, the Rebel marching song from 1861 that beseeches Marylanders to “spurn the northern scum” and thereby follow Virginia’s example on the whole secession question — with something else

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"Hold It Baby"
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“Hold It Baby”: Swedish Soul

Sweden’s Slam Creepers, judging solely by their name, sounds like a band of relatively recent vintage (e.g., 1980s hardcore?), and yet, their first single from 1966 is among the earliest releases for Sweden’s Bill Records. The following year, Slam Creepers’ “After Leaving You” would be included on a seven-inch flexi-disc —

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"La Poupée Qui Fait Non"
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It’s French – and Very Catchy

Thanks to Whole Foods for nourishing my soul with its affordably-priced (no, seriously) 3-disc set of French pop, Café Paris:  42 Classic Songs from France.  This past week, I have found myself particularly taken with one song by a French singer-songwriter whose name, Michel Polnareff, was new to me —

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"Stupid Baby"
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World’s First Dead Heads: Germany?

How freaky that The Grateful Dead‘s played their first show on December 4, 1965 (billed as The Dead, not The Warlocks)  — and then the very next year, a group of young German musicians would form a band called (incredibly) The Dead-Heads: “Stupid-Baby“ The Dead-Heads (1966) This seven-inch is almost

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8-track releases
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Perrey & Kingsley’s “Secret” Ondioline

Jean Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley — originators of funny and futuristic-sounding 1960s instrumental music with massive kid appeal — found common cause intermittently as a recording act that produced a total of three full-length albums and two single releases.  Perrey & Kingsley‘s appearance on an episode of I’ve Got

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