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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Diplomat Records

“Foreman”: Sanitation Engineer

Scooter “The Music Computer” Magruder – WPFW radio host and general manager of Silver Spring’s Roadhouse Oldies – deserves much praise and respect for his leadership role in stoking an appreciation for our popular musical heritage over the years.  My recent album purchases at Roadhouse Oldies affirmed yet again that plenty

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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 recorded

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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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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: Fortunately, mixed in with the

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