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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Diplomat Records

"Cycle Annie"
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“Foreman”: Sanitation Engineer

Scooter “The Music Computer” Magruder – WPFW radio host and general manager of Silver Spring’s Roadhouse Oldies – has work tirelessly to fan the flames of appreciation for our shared musical heritage over the years.  My recent album purchases at Roadhouse Oldies affirmed yet again that plenty of interesting songs remain

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Country rock
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“Shenandoah”: Refreshingly Blemished

Diplomat — the boutique label that gave us albums by The Beatle Buddies, The Ska-Men, The Monterey Brass, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Lonesome Valley Singers, Dick Dale, and those Santo & Johnny knock-offs, Dan & Dale — also bequeathed us a 12-inch long-playing release by The Green Valley Guitars, who

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"Up And Down The Road Again"
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The Lonesome Valley Singers – Top 10 Truck Driving Album

A list of the top 10 truck driving LPs would most certainly have to include this scrappy little album on quirky label, Diplomat, home of just about everything and everyone, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Beatle Buddies, The Ska-Men, The Monterey Brass, Dick Dale, those Santo & Johnny knock-offs, Dan

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"I Waited"
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Beatle Buddies: Not Actually Pals

Of all the records released in the wake of Beatlemania (click here for a comprehensive illustrated list of Beatles covers & cash-in albums) the one-and-only album by The Beatle Buddies easily wins the award for best cover with its menacing take on Meet the Beatles!: ‘fabulous Beatle sound’ Fortunately, mixed

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